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PLAYS

Pussy

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.73 | 18 ratings

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Atavachron
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2 stars Dude, is there anything left in that bong? Here the most likely answer is 'maybe' and if you can make it through the billows of smoke, past the liquid slide projector and the dancing, beaded, bleary-eyed hippie chicks, I suppose this is a reasonable psych album with the earliest glimmers of primordial prog rock. But other than a few drawn-out passages and the occasional rhythm alteration or odd instrument, Pussy's Plays is blushingly typical late 60s psych. Not that there's anything wrong with that - being the cradle of some very important things and having a guilty pleasure all its own - but you know the drill; The Byrds, early Floyd, Yardbirds, Mamas&the Papas, Doors, The Nice, Traffic. You name it, they're all here. Just not as good. But hey, someone had to open those gigs. To keep the crowd entertained before the acid kicked-in and the headliner's coke dealer had arrived.

That said, this little record is considered a bona fide classic among psychrock enthusiasts, so far be it from me to question its validity. The earthy vamp of an ancient bass opens dance party number 'Come Back June' carried on with Peter Whiteman's strong Hammond on background, followed by scornful and heavy 'All of My Life' and absolutely dreary 'We Built the Sun'. 'Comets' rocks the house and sports a sloppily-played Theremin, 'Tragedy in F Minor' speaks for itself with a distant bar piano and dusty acoustic guitar (all penned by arranger Danny Beckerman). 'The Open Ground', the only track written exclusively by the band, is no more distinguished than the other material, and things end with plodder instrumental 'G.E.A.B.'

I can't in good conscience give this one more than two stars but I know it holds a special place somewhere. I'm just not sure where that is, or if I want to go there too often.

Atavachron | 2/5 |

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