Web of Sound [Bonus Tracks]

Web of Sound [Bonus Tracks]

by The Seeds
     
 

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Recorded in the midst of 1966, naturally after the spring release of their debut but before "Pushin' Too Hard" climbed into the national charts in the spring of 1967, A Web of Sound finds the Seeds pushing their sound into new dimensions, happily keeping pace with their Los Angeles contemporaries Love and …  See more details below

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Recorded in the midst of 1966, naturally after the spring release of their debut but before "Pushin' Too Hard" climbed into the national charts in the spring of 1967, A Web of Sound finds the Seeds pushing their sound into new dimensions, happily keeping pace with their Los Angeles contemporaries Love and the Doors. That the Seeds never received the respect accorded to their peers, either then or now, may be partially due to their lack of lyrical ambition, or it could be due to the Hollywood teenage sleaze that seeped out of this quartet led by garage rock icon Sky Saxon. Whatever the Seeds did, it sounded somewhat dirty, a maxim that applies to A Web of Sound even if it lacks singles as hard and filthy as "Pushin' Too Hard." Instead, this is a proto-psychedelic trip, kicked off by the cheerful, swirling "Mr. Farmer" -- the Kinks transplanted to a Middle American fable as refracted through the prism of the West Coast -- and "Pictures & Designs," which falls into the "Pushin' Too Hard" progression by its chorus. Thing is, A Web of Sound was cut long before that single turned into a hit, so neither "Pictures & Designs" in specific or the album as a whole functions as a cash-in. Rather, it's an expansion, downplaying grit and grunge in favor of expansive organ-fueled pop fantasias, minor-chord stomps, an elastic blues burner ("A Faded Picture"), and veiled odes to drugs and sex, all wrapped up via the monumental live-in-the-studio workout "Up in Her Room," nearly 15 minutes of sneering tension and release. "Up in Her Room" compares favorably to Love, and Saxon and Arthur Lee did run in the same circles, but decades later Saxon's downscale aspirations are blindingly apparent; he wasn't seeking transcendence, he was exploiting the moment. As such, A Web of Sound feels more thoroughly tied to 1966 than most of the Los Angeles rock of that year and that's both its blessing and its curse: it brings the era rushing back but it doesn't suggest any of the future. And yet, that transience is precisely why the album is so enjoyable. All the organs, all the minor-key riffs, all the desperate desire to be a star coalesce into a quintessentially L.A. trip, a harbinger of all the wasted good times that could be found on the Sunset Strip.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
Label:
Big Beat Uk
UPC:
0029667431026
catalogNumber:
6743102

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Mr. Farmer
  2. Pictures & Designs
  3. Tripmaker
  4. I Tell Myself
  5. A Faded Picture
  6. Rollin' Machine
  7. Just Let Go
  8. Up In Her Room
  9. The Wind Blows Your Hair
  10. Dreaming of Your Love
  11. Out of the Question
  12. I Tell Myself
  13. Pictures & Designs
  14. Just Let Go
  15. A Faded Picture

Disc 2

  1. Mr. Farmer
  2. Pictures & Designs
  3. Tripmaker
  4. I Tell Myself
  5. A Faded Picture
  6. Rollin' Machine
  7. Just Let Go
  8. Up In Her Room
  9. Pretty Girl
  10. Moth and the Flame
  11. I'll Help You (Carry Your Money To the Bank)
  12. Cry Wolf
  13. Plain Spoken
  14. The Gardener
  15. One More Time Blues
  16. Creepin' About
  17. Buzzin' Around

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seeds   Primary Artist
Sky Saxon   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals
Rick Andridge   Percussion,Drums
Daryl Hooper   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Background Vocals
Jan Savage   Guitar,Background Vocals
Harvey Sharpe   Bass

Technical Credits

Seeds   Arranger
Neil Norman   Executive Producer
Sky Saxon   Composer,Concept,Creation
Daryl Hooper   Composer,Illustrations,Memorabilia
Muddy Waters   Composer
Gene Norman   Producer
Stan Ross   Remixing
Jan Savage   Composer
Doc Siegel   Remixing
Mike Durrough   Remixing
Marcus Tybalt   Producer
Jeff Jarema   Interviewer
Alec Palao   Liner Notes,Interviewer
Dave Hassinger   Engineer
Luther Johnson   Composer
Russ Serpent   Composer
Rafael Valentin   Engineer
Buddy Biglow   Composer

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