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Artist: HEDAYAT, DASHIELL
Title: Obsolete
Format: CD
Label: Mantra
Country: France
Price: $18.50
"New deluxe digipak version (on the long defunct Mantra label?) of this 1971 classic. The LP was originally released on the legendary Shandar label. Hedayat sang lead vocals, played keyboards and "cosmic-hedayat-rumble and cut-ups," coerced Daevid Allen and Gillie Smyth (of Gong), William Burroughs, Robert Wyatts son Sam and others to join him in recording this stoned, prog-psych masterwork of two long tracks. The memorable message: "This record must be played as loud as possible, must be heard as stoned as impossible, and thank you everybody" is still intact. A classic deserving of its cult." - FE.

Artist: HEDAYAT, DASHIELL
Title: Obsolete
Format: CD
Label: Mantra
Country: France
Price: $21.00
"New remastered CD version (from original tapes according to the cover info), in cardboard sleeve (aka "vinyl replica" packaging); edition of 999 copies. "When Obsolete was published in November of 1971, the reporter from the magazine of reference, Superpop Hebdo (Superpop Weekly), questioned the repetitive aspect of this disc. He couldnt know that this musical approach would take flight thanks to English and German groups like Hawkwind, Amon Düül, and soon after, Gong, in France, whose founding members (Daevid Allen, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilly Smith, Christian Tritsch) accompany Dashiell Hedayat. From this space-rock album is torn Chrysler Rose -- a little known masterpiece in its day, but which has today become a cult anthem to the joint at all hip celebrations, revered by multiple generations of partiers. Humor and derision exist alongside the unreal on Love Song for Zelda, realized with the help of William Burroughs, author of the hippies must-have bedside book Junkie. Drugs are omnipresent in the hallucinatory texts of Dashiell Hedayat. The musical and lyrical composition date from the autumn of 1969, from whence the choice of the title Obsolete. An avant-garde disc so cool, itll never go out of style! After having composed a second, very rare, opus under the pseudonym Melmoth (the beginning of intoxication), Dashiell Hedayat has since adopted a different type of writing, and today has authored novels and Hollywood screenplays under the name Jack-Alain Léger." -Mantra

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