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3.17 | 62 ratings

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2 stars Ok, this is proto-prog and it's 1967. The album is a collection of songs without a concept so going track by track is a natural thing to do.

"Kaleidoscope" sounds like the Byrds of Mr. Tambourine Man or Turn, Turn, Turn. I don't know if the guitar is a Rickenbaker but this is how this two minutes song sounds.

"Please Excuse My Face" is a bit more British and with a light psychedelic mood, but in the end it's just a two minutes song made of voice and guitar.

"Dive Into Yesterday" is the first song that's clearly psychedelic. Closer to the Beatles of Sgt Pepper than to Syd Barrett anyway.

"Mr Small The Watch Repairer Man" is on the same mood of the previous. A Barrett theme on a Beatles/Byrds base.

"Flight From Ashiya" is the first track almost floydian (this is the same year of The Piper at the gates of dawn). If they only had a Rick Wright....

"The Murder Of Lewis Tollani" makes me think to the WHO. Of course can make us think to a lot of bands as this album is very stuck into its age. However this is another light psychedelic track, like Arnold Layne was for PF.

"In the Room Of Percussion " is like early Caravan with Robertson at guitar.

"Dear Nellie Goodrich" is another kind of Byrds song.

"Holiday Maker" is opened by seashore/beach sounds and effectively is like the Beatles singing the Beach Boys. However it's a nice short song.

"A Lesson Perhaps" is made of speech over classical guitar. Interesting, the most experimental (the only let's say) track.

Finally a 8 minutes song: "The Sky Children". Very flower-power has a good melody and is different from the rest of the album. In my opinion the only track that's worth a listen.

It's nice thinking that this album can have inspired the band's name to Edgar Froese, but I don't believe so. It can be a documentayr value but there's a lot of stuff from the same era that's surely more interesting. A collector's item.

octopus-4 | 2/5 |


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