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MUSIC EMPORIUM

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United States


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Initially called The CAGE, this trippy West Coast psych band from the 60's were quite sophisticated for their time. They started off in 1968 when keyboardist Bill Cosby joined forces with guitarist Dave Padwin and two female musicians, namely bassist Carolyn Lee and drummer Dora Wahl. All four were either classically trained or seasoned club veterans, Cosby himself being a UCLA music major. Evolving smack in the middle of the flower power era, they played their blistering rockers and wispy melodies quite convincingly, borrowing from jazz, classical music, avant-garde and rock. On the psychedelic side, they were definitely more song oriented than, say, early PINK FLOYD; although they did pour a mean dose of organ on their self-titled LP, released in 1969. Unfortunately, a year later Cosby got drafted and the band broke up.

Their album is a fascinating testimony of a different time and place. Highly organ dominated, it has just about everything one would expect from a late 60's album: driving rhythms, heavy guitar riffs, trippy Farfisa organ and cool, groovy male/female vocals by Cosby and especially Lee who delivers her druggy, cosmic lyrics with style. Their solos are concise and they know how to lock into a groove without jamming aimlessly, as did so many bands of that era. They also know how to structure songs that best display their strengths although in retrospect, it is their softer tunes that seem to have aged better, especially those with a nice gothic/classical feel. The CD version, which was recorded from the master tapes, comprises five bonus tracks, all of them instrumental versions of songs from the LP.

Highly recommended to collectors of early psychedelia, particularly to fans of the band IT'S A BEAUTIFUL DAY.

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Review by greenback
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4 stars For 1969, this was really promising and surprisingly progressive. The tracks are pretty short, with a total time of nearly 30 minutes for 10 tracks. An omnipresent shiny electric church organ gives a strong & pleasant psychedelic style to the music. The drums, played by a woman, are definitely elaborated and well played. The bottom bass is not timid at all. The omnipresent electric guitar does not take too much room. Every track has something really catchy: that's why it is a very pleasant album to fully listen. The very good lead & backing vocals, shared between a man & a woman, are often quite intimate. On the last track "Day of wrath", Bill "Casey" Cosby saturated the intro with a VERY loud & vibrant church organ: impressive, especially when played loud. It is a very good album of the flower power era, not really a party album but definitely not depressing at all.

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5 stars Look out, fanboyish review coming up! There's one funny thing about Music Emporium, looking at the photos of the band in the cd booklet they don't look very hip, that is they don't look like an awesome psychedelic band but they sure sound awesome, in fact they probably could have played Woodstock and blown away most of the acts there (Hendrix would probably have wet his pants if he had had to perform after these guys). That being said I'm surprised to find Music Emporium on the archives since I don't see any totally obvious prog moves on their sole album (perhaps the prominent use of organ somehow qualified them for the archives?). However, prog or not, Music Emporium has been one of my favourite albums for about two or three years. The band is not doing anything totally radical or incredibly original they simply do their stuff very well and it's a big plus that they do no covers because their song writing skills are so damn good. I think there can be little doubt about this being a masterpiece, and the album is mandatory for fans of psychedelic music, but I'm not so sure about hardcore proggers liking this if they have absolutely no interest in psychedelic music.

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