Artist: EVERYONE INVOLVED
Format: LP + 7"
|"First-ever reissue of this UK private press masterpiece from 1972. Everyone Involved was a hippie collective formed by well-trained musicians, assembled by Alan Wakeman and Michael Klein (Solid British Hat Band) to record a set of environmental protest songs. Some of the members of this London-based recording commune included vocalist Freya Hogue (ex-Sunforest), guitar player Lucinha Turnbull (later with Cilibrinas Do Eden/Rita Lee), and bass player Arnaldo "Liminha" Filho (Os Mutantes) among others. Either/Or is a perfectly played and professionally recorded album (something very unusual for a private pressing). Top-notch psychedelic folk-rock/acid-folk with male-female vocals, flute, electric-acoustic guitars, bass, drums and some freaky/weird arrangements/effects. The album is now also famous for including "A Gay Song," which is probably the earliest known example of a pro-open gay song. The original pressing of 1,000 copies was never distributed or sold at stores, all the copies were given away for free (even to people passing on the street!). One of the members even buried a large number of them in a time capsule in the Amazon rainforest. Needless to say, the original album has been a highly sought-after artifact since the early days of obscure psych-prog record-collecting. This reissue reproduces the original embossed cover and includes repros of the two rare inserts, including the giant fold-out poster with new liner notes and info printed in the reverse. Also included is a repro of the Save Piccadilly 7" single released in 1972, featuring a non-album track: "The Circus Keeps on Turning." Remastered sound from the original master tapes. Limited release of 500 copies only." -Guerssen.|