Thursday, September 19, 2013

Phantasia - Phantasia (1971-72 us superb psychedelic folk rock - wave)


Reissue of US psychedelic ultra rarity recorded 1971/72. The original albums (a complete one and a one-sided) are legends for all psychedelic/garage collectors, only 25 copies pressed of each -- not many people have the pleasure of having seen a copy. The music is creeping slowly and sensitively in your mind, whether stoned or not ö it takes you wherever you want. Those are the complete sessions, 55mins in mastertape quality presented the first time to the public -- extremely informative booklet (20 sided), with outstanding artwork and colour photos. One of the best Psychedelic albums, playing in the same league as Fraction, Music Emporium, Hunger, Mystic Siva, Damon. Later the band changed into Trizo 50 that will also be released on WIS. For us unbelievable that this extremely talented band didn't make it. (forcedexposure.com)

I had the pleasure of hearing the material on this CD when it was first being done by the band back in the early seventies. Hearing it all again on this re-issue ( the original was relegated to 25 vinyl copies for the use of demos ) has been a enjoyable trip down memory lane - but more than that, it still sounds as good, if not better, then it did back then. Lyrical and melodic, plaintive and poetic it is just short of amazing that this band did not become a major force in the music of the times. The liner notes explain a lot about why it didn't; maninly the reason so many bands fail and fall apart: the human factor. Individual vanity and egotism and members with personal agendas that transcend team work.It was a shame since in all other aspects the group really had something going for themselves.The team of John DePugh and Bob Walkinhorst as song writer collaborators should have taken things to a grander and heightand scale, but regretfully it did not. Nevertheless it is really good to see that this music has been saved for posterity and is available for those of several generations later to hear. It is a doorway into the 70s world of psychedalia. For those who step through that threashold I assure you a grand experience. They just don't make music like this anymore.(By Robert N. Taylor)

Tracklist
01. Transparent Face
02. Winter Wind
03. Talk To The Moon
04. Chasing Now The Flying Time
05. Featheredge
06. Genena
07. Willow Creek
08. Give Life Another Try
09. I Talk To The Moon (Different Version)
10. Winter Wind (Different Version)
11. Chasing Now The Flying Time (Different Version)
12. The Saddest Song I Know


Credits
David Johnson - Lead Guitar, Lead Vocals
Bob Walkenhorst - Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Tympany
Jim Clapper - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Claves
John DePugh - Drums, Bongos, Maracas


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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot for this groovy old head-music. The young people these days... they just don't know what they're missing..