Electric Prunes' albums both flawed ... but still worth a listen
Pete Brown & Phil Ryan: Ardours of the Lost Rake & Coals To Jerusalem
Pete Brown may be best remembered these days as the performance poet who penned the memorably elliptical lyrics for Cream classics such as "I Feel Free," "White Room" and "Sunshine Of Your Love," but he also went on to forge a lengthy musical partnership with former Man stalwart Phil Ryan, and this CD re-issue brings together two albums that the duo recorded together in the early nineties. The contents were originally released on Pete's own label and mine an interesting vein of jazzy prog-rock, although Ryan's slick keyboard work often seems strangely at odds with Brown's typically ragged vocal contributions.
Guitar Moods: The Ultimate Collection
This engaging celebration of the classical guitarist's art ranges far and wide in its choice of subject matter, drawing on compositions by giants of the genre such as Albeniz, Tarrega and Rodrigo alongside some choice extracts from the Beatles' songbook in the shape of "Norwegian Wood," "Here Comes The Sun" and "The Fool on the Hill." Swedish guitarist Goran Sollscher was responsible for breathing new life into these tuneful slices of Merseybeat, and he's joined here by illustrious performers such as Narciso Yepes and the great Andres Segovia, whose interpretations of Handel's "Sarabande" and Bach's "Courante" are arguably the highlights.
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The Electric Prunes: Mass in F Minor/Release of an Oath
The Electric Prunes first made an impact on the U.S.Charts in 1967 with their classic psychedelic singles,"Get Me To The World on Time" and "I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)," but this fairly rough and ready garage band fatally over-reached themselves a year later when they attempted to record the religious themed "Mass in F minor" with producer/arranger David Axelrod. This challenging task proved to be totally beyond them and Axelrod had to rope in a group of session musicians to underpin the Prunes' vocals, a policy which he also adopted for the follow-up, "Release of an Oath." Both albums are flawed but fascinating.
Surfer Blood: Pythons
Surfer Blood's second album was produced by the redoubtable Gil Norton of Pixies and Foo Fighters fame, and finds the sun-kissed Florida band demonstrating melodic rock strongly reminiscent of outfits such as Pavement or The Lemonheads. The innovative Guided by Voices have also been a major influence on Surfer Blood's sound, most notably on "Gravity," one of the album's stand-out tracks alongside "Beyond The Grave" and "I Was Wrong."