Wednesday, April 13, 2016

McPhee - McPhee (1972 Australian heavy psych prog - Flac)


Recorded in 1972 and re-mastered by producer Martin Erdman in 2009, this rare recording stands as a defining moment in the history of Australian rock. 

  McPhee 'McPhee' In the pantheon of Australian early 70's progressive rockdom, McPhee must rank as one of its most obscure outfits. McPhee's solitary album appeared to little fanfare in early 1972 and simply sank without trace.
  It's likely that only 500 copies were ever pressed so it rates as a significant rarity. More importantly, 'Mc Phee' stands as one of the great lost treasures of Australias progressive rock era, a truly fascinating artefact of tremendous scope. The tapes have been dusted off so that you can hear this hard-hitting underground masterpiece in all its glory.
  McPhee played the local club and bar cicuit around Sydney and in 1971 entered producer Martin Erdman's World Of Sound studio in order to record an album. The sessions yielded material culled from the bands live repertoire including five cover versions. McPhee's influences extended from the prevailing Acid-rock trends of the day, to the emergent sounds of progressive rock with a smattering of contemporary rock hits.
  From the outset it is clear that McPhee is imbued with a crucial kick and gritty sense of purpose. It is brimming with acidy, wah-wah fuelled lead breaks and some of the most awesomely heavy and stunning Hammond organ playing to be heard anywhere on an Australian album.



Tracklist:
01. The Wrong Time - 6:35
02. Sunday Shuffle - 3:22
03. Southern Man - 5:50
04. Indian Rope Man - 7:14
05. Superstar - 5:04
06. I Am The Walrus - 8:00
07. Out To Lunch - 10:38


McPhee:
Faye Lewis - Vocals/Percussion
Tony Joce - Guitar
Benny Kaika - Bass
Jim Deverell - Hammond Organ/Electric Piano/Vocals
Terry Popple - Drums

3 comments:

AussieRock said...

Thanks so much for this - only had it in low bitrate, so getting FLAC format is a huge bonus.
Many thanks for the share
Cheers from DownUnder
AR

becks dark said...

Thank you very much! You had me at the sample.

adamus67 said...

Sydney band McPhee, which formed in 1970, released only one LP during its brief life, but the group has long enjoyed a cult band and rock historian Chris Spencer describes it as "one of the most collectible (and enjoyable) Australian album, of its time". Australian band,which played a very interesting and quality psychedelic prog. However, and in the seventies to succeed they failed - the drive in front of you, was first printed in quantities of 500 copies and talk about some popularity or commercial success would be funny, but "live" performances McPhee attracted a considerable amount of fans. But it was a very modest, local achievements - Sanchez in small clubs and bars in Sydney.

Jim Deverell and Benny Kaika were originally from New Zealand, and Deverell and Joyce had previously worked together as session players backing artists like Digby Richards, The Delltones and Little Sammy & The In People. Faye Lewis had done session singing and had been a member of Luke's Walnut, the group that replaced Tully as house band for the musical Hair in early 1970. English-born Terry Popple had been a member of late 60's UK band Tramline, who issued a couple of Albums on the Island label. He linked up with McPhee shortly after the group formed, when he travelled to Australia in early 1970, and the band began working on the Sydney club and wine bar circuit.

McPhee was strongly influenced by the acid-rock and progressive styles coming from the UK, as indicated by their covers of songs done by acts like Spooky Tooth and Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity, as well as the emerging west coast American sounds like Neil Young. In this respect they operated in the same general area as contemporary groups like Melissa and Galadriel, although on record they were probably the hardest-hitting outfit of the three.

In 1971 they went into Martin Erdman's World Of Sound studio in Sydney to record an album for erdman's independent Violet's Holiday label. The sessions yielded seven tracks that were favourites from the bands live repertoire. The two originals were the lengthy jazz-rock instrumental Out to Lunch and five cover versions, including 'heavy' renditions of Spooky Tooth's "The Wrong Time", Neil Young's "Southern Man", Ritchie Haven's "Indian Rope Man" and The Beatles' "I am The Walrus".

Not long after the album came out, McPhee broke up. Popple returned to the UK where he joined he joined his former colleague Mick Moody in SNAFU. Lewis returned to session work and sang in an outfit called The Bondi Bitch Band. Kaika played with Jeff St John, John Robinson's band Tramp and Leo De Castro's New King Harvest. Deverell moved on to the USA and apparently died of cancer some years ago. Joyce relocated to Darwin, where he joined a number of Aboriginal bands like Under the Spell of Trees, Life on Mars and Dogboy, which featured American-born drummer Allen Murphy, who had worked with Warumpi Band and Yothu Yindi. For a number of years during the early 1990s, Joyce ran the Northern Territory office of the AusMusic organisation.

Fortunately for collectors and lovers of Aussie 70s prog-rock, this highly prized album was remastered and re-issued by Vicious Sloth Collectibles and Akarma Records several years ago.
Thx Silverado