Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography

THE COLLECTORS

The Collectors

Proto-Prog


From Progarchives.com, the ultimate progressive rock music website

The Collectors The Collectors album cover
4.01 | 36 ratings | 6 reviews | 17% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
rock music collection


Write a review
Buy THE COLLECTORS Music
from Progarchives.com partners
Studio Album, released in 1968

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. What Is love (3:45)
2. She (Will Of The Wisp) (3:45)
3. Howard Christian's Older (5:10)
4. Lydia Purple (2:45)
5. One Act Play (3:40)
6. What Love (19:15)

Total Time: 38:20

Line-up / Musicians

- Howie Vickie / lead vocals
- Bill Henderson / guitar, recorder, vocals
- Claire Lawrence / tenor saxophone, flute, recorder, organ, vocals
- Glenn Miller / bass, vocals
- Ross Turney / drums, percussion

With:
- Larry Knechtel / piano & harpsichord (4)
- Jesse Ehrlich / cello (4)
- Norm Jeffries / vibes (4)

Releases information

Artwork: Bob Masse

LP New Syndrome Records ‎- WS 1746 (1968, Canada)

CD Line Records ‎- LECD 9.01009 (1991, Germany)
CD Collectors' Choice Music ‎- CCM-499-2 (2004, US)

Thanks to Sean Trane for the addition
and to Quinino for the last updates
Edit this entry

Buy THE COLLECTORS The Collectors Music


CollectorsCollectors
Collector's Choice 2005
$199.98
$89.99 (used)

Right Now on Ebay (logo)
JUAN GABRIEL Huge Lot of 12 Radio Promo CD's and PICTURE LP Rare FOR COLLECTORS USD $500.00 Buy It Now 1h 31m
Glenn Miller : Audio archive collectors edition-20 refl CD USD $5.44 Buy It Now 1h 40m
The Jazz Collector Edition 7 CD LOT (98 favorites)Goodman,Basie,Cole,Shaw,Waller USD $28.11 Buy It Now 1h 41m
Oldies But Goodies 3 Disc Collector's Edition - Various Artists - 30 Tracks USD $6.00 [0 bids]
1h 42m
THE COWSILLS 45 RPM & PIC. SLEEVE "RARE" THE MILK EP COLLECTORS RECORD N MINT USD $59.99 Buy It Now 1h 46m
Ragtime, The Music of Scott Joplin Collector's Ed - 2008 Madacy Ent- 3 CD Set USD $35.00 Buy It Now 1h 47m
SEALED FRANK SINATRA The First Times...CAMERON RECORDS COLLECTORS SERIES LP USD $17.00 Buy It Now 1h 47m
NEW Music for the Masses: Collector's Edition (Audio CD) USD $25.32 Buy It Now 1h 48m
JET For Your Consideration - DualDisc Limited Collector's Edition DVD CD USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1h 48m
Louis Prima: Capitol Collectors Series (Cassette, 1991, Capitol/EMI) NEW USD $12.99 Buy It Now 1h 49m
Capitol Collectors Series by Kay Starr (CD, Mar-1991, Capitol) Ships fast! USD $5.98 Buy It Now 1h 50m
SEALED FRANK SINATRA The First Times...CAMERON RECORDS COLLECTORS SERIES LP USD $18.00 Buy It Now 1h 58m
Sealed Various LATIN MOODS 1970 RCA Special Collectors LP MANCINI ATKINS PRADO USD $16.00 Buy It Now 1h 58m
GENE CLARK "COLLECTOR'S SERIES: EARLY L.A. SESSIONS" COLUMBIA RECORDS USD $9.99 [0 bids]
2h 3m
Pulp Fiction --Soundtrack Collector's Edition --2 CDs w/21 Trks USD $2.99 [0 bids]
2h 11m
Limeliters: The Slightly Fabulous; Sing Out! (Cassette, Collector's Choice) NEW USD $16.99 Buy It Now 2h 26m
**RARE** AC/DC Live (CD, 2-Disc Set) COLLECTOR's EDITION - 23 Tracks USD $22.99 Buy It Now 2h 31m
New Order Movement (Collector's Edition) 2 CD DELUXE Remix Bonus Tracks x USD $29.99 [0 bids]
2h 33m
POLE POSITION COLLECTOR'S EDITION CD 1998 RICH THE FACTOR THA 1/500 USD $500.00 Buy It Now 2h 39m
EDDIE CONDON * SP. COLLECTORS SERIES TRIP JAZZ TLP 5529*MIDNIGHT AT LP*JAZZ USD $25.00 Buy It Now 2h 49m
The Who, Collector's Bonus Disc;4 tracks, RARE FREE SHIP USD $6.88 Buy It Now 2h 52m
Collectors' Choice by Ray Price (CD, Oct-2004, Madacy Distribution) USD $29.98 Buy It Now 2h 58m
Remember how great? Volume 2 lp Columbia records 1962 Collectors Edition USD $3.00 [0 bids]
3h 3m
The Jazz Collector Edition by Sarah Vaughan (CD) USD $3.00 Buy It Now 3h 5m
The Essential Billy Joel 3 CD Collectors Limited Edition 3.0 Slipcase USD $10.99 Buy It Now 3h 6m
The Next One Will Kill You by Morey Amsterdam (CD) Collectors Choice Music! NEW! USD $9.94 Buy It Now 3h 9m
Nat King Cole "Unforgettable" Collectors Edition Vol. / Tape 2. Cassette Tape USD $4.99 Buy It Now 3h 11m
Unknown Artist : Soul Collector CD USD $4.88 Buy It Now 3h 18m
ALICE FAYE IN HOLLYWOOD 1934-1937 Mint/Factory Sealed LP Collector Series USD $14.99 Buy It Now 3h 22m
S-017 The Monkees - Star Collector No Time SS-1785 Japan VINYL EP 7" USD $5.99 [0 bids]
3h 34m
Unknown Artist : Exile on Main St. (3-CD Collectors Editi CD USD $7.68 Buy It Now 3h 43m
Seesaw - Original Broadway Cast Recording LP - 1982 Collectors Series - Sealed USD $15.87 Buy It Now 3h 44m
Hawkwind California Brainstorm CD w Collectors Guide Book Box Sealed Copy Lemmy USD $99.99 Buy It Now 3h 45m
1978 KRIS & RITA NATURAL ACT COLLECTORS COPY LIMITED ED PICTURE DISC RECORD USD $14.95 Buy It Now 4h
KING CRIMSON-COLLECTORS' CLUB OCTOBER 1 1995 YOKOHAMA...-JAPAN 2 CD+BOOK H51 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 4h 2m
KING CRIMSON-COLLECTORS' CLUB OCTOBER 13 1995 SENDAI...-JAPAN 2 CD+BOOK H51 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 4h 2m
KING CRIMSON-COLLECTORS' CLUB OCTOBER 9 1995 OSAKA...-JAPAN 2 CD+BOOK H51 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 4h 8m
KING CRIMSON-COLLECTORS' CLUB OCTOBER 12 1995 OMIYA SONIC...-JAPAN 2 CD+BOOK H51 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 4h 8m
KING CRIMSON-COLLECTORS' CLUB OCTOBER 8 1995 NAGOYA...-JAPAN 2 CD+BOOK H51 USD $33.50 Buy It Now 4h 8m
Kingston Trio - Capitol Collectors Series (CD Used Like New) USD $11.75 Buy It Now 4h 16m
The Dead Eye (Collector's Edition) by The Haunted (Sweden) (CD, Oct-2006, 2 Dis. USD $8.50 [0 bids]
4h 16m
All You Need Is Love, Compilation, Limited Collector's USD $6.73 Buy It Now 4h 17m
Clean Small Collectors Label LP CHARLIE POOLE AND THE HIGHLANDERS Puritan 27-29 USD $19.50 Buy It Now 4h 19m
Victrola America A COLLECTOR'S SHOW BOAT Soundtrack - 1976 Vinyl LP NM/NM USD $8.95 Buy It Now 4h 20m
Bobbie McGee~Bread and Raises~Songs for Working Women~Collector~FAST SHIPPING USD $25.46 Buy It Now 4h 26m
RUN THE JEWELS STAY GOLD COLLECTOR'S JEWEL BOX BRAND NEW 2018 RSD VINYL LP USD $134.25 Buy It Now 4h 29m
Celine Dion The Collectors Series Volume 1 CD Album VGC USD $9.66 Buy It Now 4h 43m
Lot #67 Tony Bennett Collector's Edition 3 CD Tin cd's new USD $12.99 Buy It Now 4h 49m
Floyd Kramer Collector's Series Cassette Tape USD $6.99 Buy It Now 4h 50m
PULP FICTION [MCA COLLECTORS EDITION] 2 CD SET 20 TRACKS - LIKE NEW - H966 USD $12.88 Buy It Now 5h 10m
DVD: Britney Spears - DVD Collector's Box, .. Very Good Cond.: Britney Spears USD $20.10 Buy It Now 5h 14m
King Crimson - Vol. 6-Collector's King Crimson [CD New] USD $100.74 Buy It Now 5h 15m
Elvis Presley Audio Archives Collectors Edition CD Album - 13 Tracks USD $9.47 Buy It Now 5h 17m
DONNA SUMMER The Ultimate Collection DELUXE COLLECTORS EDN 3 x CD 2016 MINT USD $9.97 [10 bids]
5h 22m
Christmas Time Again * by dB's (The) (CD) Nov-2006, Collectors' Choice Music NEW USD $7.97 Buy It Now 5h 26m
Bing Sings Collectors Edition Bing Crosby 96 Greatest Hits Reader's Digest NIB USD $20.99 Buy It Now 5h 35m
Silver Anniversary-Collectors Edition, Tokens, Good USD $6.99 Buy It Now 5h 35m
CD Music Nickleback The Long Road Someday Collectors Edition Digipak USD $9.97 [0 bids]
5h 45m
LES MURRAY'S WORLD GAME FEVER COLLECTORS EDITION 2CD NEW USD $11.15 Buy It Now 5h 50m
Best of Country Gospel (Coll) (Tin), Various Artists, Acceptable Collector's Edi USD $6.99 Buy It Now 5h 51m
Michael Jackson Vinyl 12" Collectors Bundle USD $10.62 [0 bids]
5h 56m
Collector's Edition, Anderson, Ian, Jethro Tull, Good USD $19.97 Buy It Now 6h 2m
300 New CD Soundtrack Collector's Edition 29 tracks + Book USD $99.99 Buy It Now 6h 20m
Hunters & Collectors Hunters & Collectors ... JPN vinyl LP record promo USD $29.16 Buy It Now 6h 28m
BANKS & SHANE A RARE COLLECTOR'S ITEM Oblivion MA-1490 Vinyl LP VG USD $7.95 Buy It Now 6h 34m
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS CUT ALBUM MUSIC CD POP USD $5.97 Buy It Now 6h 37m
Duke Ellington Jazz For Collectors Only - ... JPN vinyl LP record promo USD $38.47 Buy It Now 6h 38m
John Stewart - "Sunstorm" (CD, Nov-2003, Collectors' Choice Music) USD $7.50 Buy It Now 7h 3m
Let it be Revisited - Mojo Collectors - The Beatles - Vinyl Record 12" LP 33RPM USD $34.73 Buy It Now 7h 14m
LED ZEPPELIN -EARLY DAYS & LATTER DAYS-Collectors magazine issue 1 February 1991 USD $19.92 Buy It Now 7h 33m
LED ZEPPELIN -EARLY DAYS & LATTER DAYS- Collectors magazine- issue- 2 June 1991 USD $19.92 Buy It Now 7h 34m
LED ZEPPELIN -EARLY DAYS & LATTER DAYS- Collectors magazine issue 3 October 1991 USD $21.25 Buy It Now 7h 35m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
Elvis Deagostini Official Collector's Magazine - Issue 1 to 30 USD $5.25 Buy It Now 7h 45m
A. VIVALDI - Vivaldi: World's Greatest Composers - 4 CD - Collector's NEW USD $57.95 Buy It Now 7h 47m
Anathema ?- Judgement RARE CD! COLLECTOR'S EDITION! FREE SHIPPING! USD $14.00 Buy It Now 7h 48m
Collectors vinyl single. Emma Maleras y su Ballet Espanol USD $2.66 [0 bids]
7h 50m
The Cleftones - For Collectors Only (2-CD) - Vocal Groups/Doo Wop USD $29.50 Buy It Now 7h 52m
Carpathian Forest ?- Fuck You All! - Caput Tuum In Ano Est RARE COLLECTOR'S CD! USD $20.00 Buy It Now 7h 58m
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS-CUT CD NEW USD $18.12 Buy It Now 7h 59m

More places to buy THE COLLECTORS music online Buy THE COLLECTORS & Prog Rock Digital Music online:

THE COLLECTORS The Collectors ratings distribution


4.01
(36 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(17%)
17%
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(44%)
44%
Good, but non-essential (39%)
39%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

THE COLLECTORS The Collectors reviews


Showing all collaborators reviews and last reviews preview | Show all reviews/ratings

Collaborators/Experts Reviews

Review by Sean Trane
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk
4 stars 4,5 stars really!!!

Behind this superb Art Nouveau artwork sleeve is hiding one of the true, hidden and forgotten gems of Canada. To achieve this kind of perfection as a first try, back in the late 60's is simply astounding (the only had a few singles beforehand) and unfortunately all too rare. Bill Henderson and Claire Lawrence (the main core of the group) make a fantastic songwriting partnership that will last a few albums, and even if not perfect,

Right from the start , guys know how to bait a discerning proghead, by giving us a taste of what is to come without revealing how the main course with the opening (but rather light ) What Is Love and then plunging into serious business with She, a real feast for vocal harmonies; But they are still teasing us (especially with that flute around the end), but the wait is over; Everything we suspected in the first two songs get confirmation with Howard Christian's Older, loaded with drama, suspense and that typical late 60's flavour when everything was still to be done musically, artistically, socially, sexually, and generally progressive-wise. A full blown epic in just five min, even if the superb vocals account for roughly 50% of the spine chills; Lydia Purple is more popish, just to give us a break, but then comes the first nail in your coffin, One Act Play. Somehow not far away from very cheesy moments of Moody Blues or Rare Bird's vocal orgies, without Mellotrons, these guys bring you to ecstasy without any gadgets.

But all of that you have heard so far was simply foreplay, just getting your ears/appetite warmed-up for the main orgy: the 19 min+ What Love where not one single second is wasted in self-indulging solos (as was the craze back then): no we are dealing with an epic that could've been divided into multi-movement suite (like Supper or even contemporary Procol Harum's In Twas Held In I - if they even knew it was hip to do such a thing) and outside a few moments that clearly outline we are in 68, this is one of the earliest prog epics. These guys are not content to rivet you to your seat, they are holding you still so they are driving nails into your coffin and every minute going by is sealing your fate. Don't even think for a second they are taking the easy road either, a round the 1 min mark, they drive a spike right through heart, another through your brains and the last one right in your genitals. A slight flute warns you that you have reached paradise. This record might just drive this atheist to heaven!!!!!!!

Need I say more??????????????????????????????????????

Actually, yes!!! The record company says New Vibrations From Canada on the back sleeve, but when some almost 30 years later, you listen to this record, WOW!!! They are still brand new vibrations.

Review by friso
PROG REVIEWER
5 stars The Collectors - st (1968) * review #300 celebration! *

The Collectors came as a surprise for me, the record was given to me and it was said to be 'very good'. Now, there are many good very good records from '68, but there aren't many that can really be called progressive. This remarkable album has a full-blown progressive vision with many inventive ideas and breakthroughs. Of course, Zappa had already done crazy stuff, The United States of America would release there perhaps even better debut, The Doors had done some ground-braking work in '67 and King Crimson was almost ready to go in the studio, but still I find this album a very rewarding achievement for it's year of release.

So, what's so special about this record from Canadian soil?

It has superb song-writing with intelligent use of unusual chord progressions, it has an adventurious (as in the better sympho-prog) sound and it has an epic with of 19 minutes which shows the boundaries of what is possible (at the time). All this sounds very seventies-like, but the sound is clearly that from a sixties beat-band/psychedelic-band on fire. Perhaps a bit like the Beatles, some Doors, yet different. The vocals are amazing. Lead vocalist Howie Vickie has this huge voice, at times reminding me of Jim Morrison in his use. The back-up vocals are brilliant and harmonically challenging. For those who liked the Beach Boys, this is even better.

1. What Is love (3:45) The opening track is a peaceful introduction of what's to come. Some important elements of the epic on side two (with almost the same title) are played. Still this short track has a sympathetic nature.

2. She (Will Of The Wisp) (3:45) This is were the progginess begins. This is a very adventerious song with an up-tempo sound. The melodies are inventive and the vocals are amazing. The heavy acoustic guitars sound great and the rhythmical developments are refreshing and psychedelic.

3. Howard Christian's Older (5:10) This song has a folk-approach with a nice acoustic intro. The vocals tell a story about a very special boy with mysterious powers. The song develops in a rock-song with fierce vocals and a mystical sound. The melodies of the vocals are brilliant, unexpected notes over already special chords. Actually, this song is quite psychedelic and the ending is strange.

4. Lydia Purple (2:45) This song also has a folky intro (with a flute) and playful guitar/vocals theme. Extremely catchy, very nice psychedelics from the sixties. The second voice is magical on the second couplet. In the middle of the song there are some more folky moments with a string-section and some flutes. The third couplet also has a third voice which is utterly brilliant.

5. One Act Play (3:40) Perhaps my favorite. This graveyard type ballad with it's dark and serious mood is just amazing. The composition is among the best of every song written in the sixties. The many chord-progressions that all have an impact combined with these spooky vocals are very effective. So, ever wanted to listen to doom-psychedelics from the sixties?

6. What Love (19:15) One of the few full-blown epics of '68. More daring than Procol Harum's In Held was I, The Collectors explore a lot of moods and atmospheres. The opening section introduces the question 'What is this Love?'. No emphasis on romanticism, but an almost desperate question. After this the song develops into a church-like pastoral moment with nice combined vocal efforts. Later in the song moments of serious aggression, psychedelics and avant-garde are apparent. Though it's a strong epic, the ending section could have been a bit more substantial. A conclusive (and perhaps melodic) ending-section could have made it even better.

Conclusion. I love these early albums that are so expressive and ground-braking. This is an album that should have been far more influential then it was. This is a record that should have a place in all our collections, it's not just a collector's item. The song-writing is monumental and bombastic and the epic on side two is indeed very brave with it's moments of extreme aggression. Four and a halve stars would be appropriate, but since Sean Trane also came to this conclusion and gave four, I'll compensate by giving five stars. Ah, what the heck - this is a masterpiece! Recommended to every-one interested in psychedelic rock, early progressive rock and the development of the genre itself. Furthermore this is one of the most important Canadian releases of the sixties.

Review by Warthur
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars The Collectors' self-titled debut album shows a fine command of psychedelic rock and pop styles of the time. The best side is actually the first side, which offers a brace of small but perfectly formed psych-turning-to-prog songs with, at points, really interesting lyrics and structures (see, for instance, Howard Christian's Older). The side two epic, What Love, starts off strong but unfortunately loses steam, rapidly turning into a substandard imitation of Doors epics such as The End or When the Music's Over - whatever Howie Vickie's talents are, he's not Jim Morrison and it's rather embarrassing to listen to him trying to be Jim Morrison.
Review by FragileKings
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars From the CD booklet:

'Claire (Lawrence), I guess he had a life experience and came up with these themes and some lyrics,' explains (Bill) Henderson. 'He came over to my unit in this motel where we were staying, and we took it from there to a full arrangement basically overnight. We wrote everything out on manuscript paper 'cause we were literate musicians ' where the breakdowns were, where the riffs were, what the riffs were, the dynamics. No one wrote dynamics in rock, but we did ' where we wanted crescendos and diminuendos to happen, where things would slow down, where they'd speed up, and everybody's parts.

'So many people were doing long things, but they were jams. This was not a jam. This was a structured, written piece, really in a tradition that comes out of classical music.'

This is how Bill Henderson describes the creation of the 19:05 side two piece of The Collectors' debut album, a song called simply 'What Love (Suite)'. I was pretty excited to be reading those words because this was a Canadian band from Vancouver ' my home territory ' who was creating this monumental piece of music in 1968. I brought the CD home a few weeks ago as a used copy ordered from Europe. How I came to find out about The Collectors is rather a roundabout way. I had come out of a proto-metal phase and entered a 70's Canadian hand rock phase, and as I was checking out Canadian bands from the seventies and trying to remember some I probably knew, I recalled a band called Chilliwack who had some pop hits in the early 80's. But they'd also had some rock hits in the seventies, and among three albums I ordered there was their second album as Chilliwack, a double album with some very experimental music on three of the four sides. Most was a bit too bizarre for me, but I looked up Chilliwack on Wikipedia and learned that the band had formed out of The Collectors after there had been a line-up change. Interested in hearing some Canadian music from the sixties (I only had music by The Guess Who and an obscure psychedelic band called Bent Wind) I tried to find the album somewhere for a reasonable price.

The music offered on this disc here is quite remarkable and unique. In my collection, 1968 is the height of psychedelic rock and acid rock with a lot of experimentation and for some like Pink Floyd and The Moody Blues, a lot of effort to compose something out of the ordinary. There are also the beginnings of what would become heavy metal. On The Collectors' album, there might be some comparisons to The Moody Blues because of the background vocal harmonies in places and the approach to writing music for a rock band from a classical direction. Some reviews also liken Howie Vickers' lead vocals to Jim Morrison perhaps because of how he can sing softly in one part and then build his voice up to a shout and a yell in the next. 'Does anybody hear?' he whispers at first near the end of 'What Love (Suite)' and repeats the question gradually building up to a boldly stated question before breaking it into a desperate maniacal scream.

The first track, 'What Is Love' opens with some mysterious keyboard and soon establishes itself as a prelude to some anthemic piece which, as it turns out, is the suite on side two. 'What Is Love' is slow and lead by Vickers' vocals with the band singing background harmony. The lyric 'What love / what love' connects the song with the suite.

'She (Will-O-the-Wind)' is an upbeat piece with guitar and flute. The jaunty guitar playing reminds me more of something that could have come out of an early nineties band at the tail end of the shoe gaze sound or perhaps like something from Motorpsycho. Again the vocals are reminiscent of The Moody Blues. The flute playing will, of course, likely make you think of Jethro Tull. The percussion is sparse and simple.

My favourite track is the dramatic psychedelic piece 'Howard Christman's Older', which is a song about a young man with extraordinary abilities. 'At the age of thirteen he discovered a way / he could change the molecular structure of clay / he could change it from clay into silver or gold / don't forget he was yet only thirteen years old.' He also invents a process to revive the dead and works on a device that will eliminate hate. Ultimately, the lyrics have a cynical point of view, stating that despite his unique gift, 'Howard Christman's older / And lately I've noticed that / he's starting to slow down'. The music has a haunting and suspenseful feel to it that builds in places very effectively. At times it's possible to imagine a crowd of people slowly walking toward some objective and gaining strength and conviction as they walk together. The main instruments are fuzz tone guitar, clean electric guitar, and organ, with the percussion again being rather subtle. There is no aggressive battery of drums as of yet on the album.

'Lydia Purple' was not written by the band and they were asked to record it as a single to get them on the charts. 'We fought that one, we didn't want to record that,' says Henderson in the CD notes. 'But the recording company were going, 'You gotta have a hit, and this one sort of sounds like you guys, and we think it's a hit'. So finally we relented and worked on it; we really changed it a lot.' Not happy about performing a pop tune, The Collectors worked on adding vocal harmonies, harpsichord, cello, and recorder. It did well in Canada, and there's a video on YouTube for the song ' a monochrome video with scenes around Vancouver in 1968 and the band singing on a rooftop.

Side one closes with 'One Act Play', which takes us back to the slow and easy music and vocal harmonies that serve as a backdrop to Vickers' powerful vocal deliveries that to me sound closer to an attempt to sing like Tom Jones than Jim Morrison.

Side two's 'What Love (Suite)' is one of the first times in rock history that a song was composed in segments like a suite and covered over 18 minutes. Indeed, the music takes us through psychedelic guitar rock, Eastern- sounding flute solos, a saxophone solo, some dramatic and crazy wild electric guitar, and as always Vickers' dramatic vocals that could sound a bit like Jim Morrison or Tom Jones, or Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge in 'The Season of the Witch' or some other people you care to mention. Or maybe he just sounds like Howie Vickers. As a long runner, great care has been taken in composing this song. It is a bit rough in places though and lacks the smoothness and grandiosity of the later prog epics, most notably those of Yes. It also sometimes seems to keep going on to the next segment and then the next, making you wonder just how many parts were written for this. Remember that this is still 1968 and that the notion of composing a rock song as a suite, employing classical thinking was still a fairly new concept. You might love it; you might hate it; or you might enjoy it for the effort and some parts but clearly have it marked in your head as an experimental proto-prog epic. That's how I think about it. I don't love it but I can listen to it willingly.

All in all, I find this an interesting album with three songs I cue up for replays regularly these days, two songs I'll listen to when I want to hear the whole album, and the epic which I find an interesting journey to take when I have the time and I'm in the mood. The Collectors would go on to record one more album before Vickers would leave and Bill Henderson would take over lead vocals and the band would become Chilliwack. The debut would feature a collection of songs but the second album ' a double disc ' would revisit the experimental nature of The Collectors before the band would change direction and pursue a guitar rock format and then become more pop near the end of the seventies.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The Collectors representate the Canadian psychedelic movement. Their album cover is a real beauty and with the backcover they'll make us sure that they wanna be really psychedelic.The first side contains five short songs and the second side just one. The second side is a compilation of the fir ... (read more)

Report this review (#597722) | Posted by the philosopher | Thursday, December 29, 2011 | Review Permanlink

5 stars One of the many vinyl records in my collection I bought in a second hand record store for a few guilders, back in the early eighties. Somehow I knew that it was a very special one - I can't tell if it was because I read a few lines about it or by intuition. Anyway, I was far from disappointed when I ... (read more)

Report this review (#245157) | Posted by someone_else | Sunday, October 18, 2009 | Review Permanlink

Post a review of THE COLLECTORS "The Collectors"

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

MEMBERS LOGIN ZONE

As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: JazzMusicArchives.com — jazz music reviews and archives | MetalMusicArchives.com — metal music reviews and archives