Monday, February 23, 2009

H.P. Lovecraft - Dreams in the Witch House (1967)

Featuring two strong singers (who often sang dual leads), hauntingly hazy arrangements, and imaginative songwriting that drew from pop and folk influences, H.P. Lovecraft was one of the better psychedelic groups of the late '60s. The band was formed by ex-folky George Edwards in Chicago in 1967. Edwards and keyboardist Dave Michaels, a classically trained singer with a four-octave range, handled the vocals, which echoed Jefferson Airplane's in their depth and blend of high and low parts. Their self-titled 1967 LP was an impressive debut, featuring strong originals and covers of early compositions by Randy Newman and Fred Neil, as well as one of the first underground FM radio favorites, "White Ship." The band moved to California the following year; their second and last album, H.P. Lovecraft II, was a much more sprawling and unfocused work, despite some strong moments. A spin-off group, Lovecraft, released a couple LPs in the '70s that bore little relation to the first incarnation of the band.
H.P. Lovecraft - Dreams in the Witch House (The Complee Philips Recordings)
03. I've Been Wrong Before04. Drifter05. That's the Bag I'm In06. White Ship07. Country Boy & Bleeker Street08. Time Machine09. That's How Much I Love You Baby (More or Less)10. Gloria PatriaH.P. Lovecraft II11. Spin, Spin, Spin12. It's About Time13. Blue Jack of Diamonds14. Electrollentando15. At the Mountains of Madness16. Mobius Trip17. High Flying Bird18. Nothing's Boy19. Keeper of the KeysBonus tracks20. Anyway That You Want Me21. It's All Over for You22. White Ship (Single Edit)23. Keeper of the Keys (Single Mix)
Despite what another reviewer has said this album is a real gem. It has the clasic song 'The White Ship' on it for a start. This is an album that demands your attention. It is not mind candy . These guys in my opinion are up there with The Doors and the Byrds. This album is far more representative of the 'summer of love' than Sergeant Pepper as good as that album is.......... These guys were part of the Late John Peels Perfumed Garden Programme play list along with Captain Beefheart and Love. Spooky Classics, ideal FM radio fare, a cult band and a mystery. This album is well packaged and good value for money. Try some American Physcedelia and imagine being in San Francisco circa '67. MORE...
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