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Artist: ANT TRIP CEREMONY
Title: 24 Hours
Format: LP
Label: Merlins Nose
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Merlins Nose Records present a reissue of Ant Trip Ceremonys 24 Hours, originally released in 1968. Some albums exist with the knowledge that the band is about to break up, and with that in mind, the members attempt to capture at least a tiny bit of the magic they once created at rehearsals and concerts. These kinds of albums are way more personal, like a picture book of memories, than albums made for the commercial market. 24 Hours by Ant Trip Ceremony is one of those albums, recorded by a bunch of high school students soon to part ways after their exams. It is nearly impossible to get a hold of an original since it was pressed in an edition of 300. Fans of late 1960s jammy, psychedelic rock and dreamy folk tunes will go crazy for this collection of songs. Among them youll find cover versions of Eric Andersen, a well-known singer/songwriter of the day, Allen Toussaint, a famous songwriter, producer, and soul musician, Billy Roberts, who wrote the ultimate rock classic "Hey Joe", as well as a couple of contributions of people close to the band, next to a handful of originals. The band had a quite unique expression while their overall style fitted well into their era. Some more or less intense but never really heavy rock songs, some mellow tunes that make your spirit drift away into gardens of delight painted in surrealistic colors. Fans of Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, The Charlatans, and other similar heroes and legends of the late 60s west coast scene will dig this primitive version of the super stars. The songs here are all incredible and definitely made to last a lifetime. A lost crown jewel of 60s music." - Merlins Nose.

Artist: C.A. QUINTET
Title: Live Trips 1971
Format: LP
Label: Merlins Nose
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"C.A. Quintets 1969 album Trip Thru Hell is one of the holy grails of late 60s heavy psych rock and certainly deserves to be rated this way by fans of heavy rock. What awaits you here was recorded live, two years after their cult debut. The record starts with an unusual Beatles cover "And Your Bird Can Sing", originally from Revolver (1966). You do not even realize it is that song until you hear a familiar passage. The C.A. Quintet turned it into a groovy, smoking hot, organ-driven power rocker with a melodic edge. With the second cover tune "Badge", originally performed by Cream, they stay closer to the original, but play it with an increased power level. Next is "Bayou Jam", a lengthy, heavy rock song with psychedelic organ sounds reminiscent of Iron Butterfly. If you cross them with Blue Cheer in their prime gives you a better idea. There is even a killer drum solo section in the middle of the song. "4am In New York" is another mid-paced, stomping heavy groover with a pounding approach, simmering guitars, and roaring organs backing up the furiously distorted guitar. The vocals on the other hand have this light-weight, west coast, flower power pop appeal. "Wild Child" is a sleazy acid blues rocker and takes you a few years back. It is obvious they loved bands like Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Mountain. "Country Boy" has a southern rock flavor -- a well-written power rock tune with some psychedelic elements. The colorful, jammy middle section and the hard-driving bass and guitar interplay make this a kick ass anthem for its time. And last but not least is "Fresh Garbage Jam". More than ten minutes in length, this is heavy and fuzzed-out psychedelic jam rock at its best with furious guitars and a relaxed atmosphere. The sound is great, as clear as it can be, powerful and vivid, better than some of the studio recordings back then. What more do you want? If you love the underground side of US hard rock, like Josefus, Fresh Blueberry Pancake, and Stonewall, than this is the thing for you." - Merlins Nose.

Artist: FRY, MARK
Title: Dreaming With Alice
Format: LP
Label: Merlins Nose
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"Merlins Nose Records present a reissue of Mark Frys Dreaming With Alice, originally released in 1972. Dreaming With Alice was already an obscurity by the time of its release. Recorded by a 19 year old Mark Fry for an Italian sub label of RCA, it presented a beautifully naive kind of psychedelic folk similar to what the Incredible String Band laid down at the same time just a bit more straight forwarded. Young Mark enchants his listeners with dreamy vocal melodies of utter beauty which create an outmost peaceful atmosphere. The picturesque tunes take the listener on a trip out to the English countryside, on a gentle and warm spring morning, and into a fairytale world. You might get lost within this colorful dream and not be willing to return to grey reality anymore, but this music burns as the flame of love within your heart. The direction, despite all psychedelic elements, is definitely determined by British folk music of the 60s and 70s. One charmingly odd aspect of the album is that the title track has been split up over the whole album as short sections flanking the longer tunes. Mark Fry plays his acid folk from the bottom of his soul without thinking about satisfying the demands of the mainstream audience. Dreaming With Alice is intriguing, keen, and absolutely one of a kind, with a mood changing from rainy days to sunny mornings out in the meadows. Original copies in good condition go for about 1600 Euros, so a reissue is welcome among fans of totally psyched-out music, with mostly acoustic instrumentation and vocals. A must have for all fans of acid folk from the late 60s to the early 70s era. RIYL: Perry Leopold, Incredible String Band, Steeleye Span, Woods Band, Pentangle." - Merlins Nose.

Artist: GULAAB
Title: Ritt durch den Hades
Format: CD
Label: Merlins Nose
Country: Germany
Price: $18.00
"Ultra-rare lost psychedelic Kraut-folk from 1979. First time on CD and LP. Taken from the original master tapes. "Gulaab" means "rose" in the Nepalese language. Gulaab is a German virtuoso on the acoustic guitar who served three years as an after-dinner musician in a luxury restaurant in Nepal, playing for an amazing number of well-known personalities of the 20th century during the early 70s. This was a strongly-influential experience that shaped his musical expression big-time, but also let him become an open-minded spirit. Ritt durch den Hades is the result of his experimentation with sounds, atmospheres and a multitude of styles in traditional music from Latin to Eastern Asian elements. It was first released in 1979, vanishing into obscurity soon after, waiting to be rediscovered by a more open-minded generation of music lovers now. Traditionalists be forewarned: This mystic grail of 70s "Kraut folk" stands far out from the average folk and singer/songwriter stuff, combining guitar harmonies of the highest order with a cosmic drone that backs up the hypnotizing picking and trippy swirls of sounds. This album is in fact more like a musical journey than just a piece of music, taking you from secret sacrificial altars in the Andes to the ceremonial places of the ancient Himalayan population with a short stopover for a little "joint venture" in the musical space-centers of highly flown-out German originators like Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching, Popul Vuh/Florian Fricke, Witthusser & Westrupp, Bröselmaschine, Dom or Deuter. Now take a ride through Hades with Gulaab." - Merlins Noise.

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