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Daevid Allen


Canterbury Scene

3.30 | 57 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Released in 1977 this solo album by GONG's Daevid Allen was recorded in Spain and features several Spanish musicians. I'm surprised to see that the synth player is Victor Peraino from Arthur Brown's band. He played first on his "Journey" record from 1973. Victor adds synths on two tracks and a lot of these musicians only play on a track or two. Acoustic guitar and Daevid's vocals rule the day here along with beats. Of course we get plenty of silliness too.

The two tracks that I like are "Only Make Love If You Want To" or I saw it called "Lady Dear Lady" on another edition. A relaxed tune with reserved vocals and some atmosphere created by Victor's synths. "I Am" the longest track is more of a soundscape with the Glissando guitar from Allen dominating.

More miss than hit for my tastes so 3 stars fits the bill. It's pretty good but "Good Morning!" and the latter day "Elevenses" are both much better than this in my opinion.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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