Sunday, October 01, 2006

Requested...
"Ted Lucas" (US Psych-Folk 1975)

Burnout downer folk from ex-Spikedrivers guy who must have gone through a lot to end up with this world-weary escapist testimony. High points include a very good raga-folk workout recorded live, while "It's So Nice To Be Stoned" manages to be both funny and scary. Should appeal to downer/loner folk fans, although a far cry from the spellbinding 1960s folkrockpsych of the Spikedrivers. Some copies come with a bonus 45. Housed in a beautiful Mouse Studios cover that features the abstract bird logo made famous by AOR band Journey shortly after this LP. Lucas passed away in the 1990s. He also appeared on a local MI sampler of folk artists from around the same time, titled "The Detroit Folk Scene vol 1" (CLS Archive Records).
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One side of this album consists of solo voice-and-guitar loner folk, some of which is very good. The other side is made up of Eastern-themed guitar improvisations which aren't bad, but kind of overstay their welcome. Not really what a Spike-Drivers fan would hope for, but a reasonably interesting album if you don't set your hopes too high. The album cover would soon be stolen and used by Journey. It's pretty weird to think that a stoner folk album would start a major mainstream prog rock trend, but since you can trace Journey back to Frumious Bandersnatch, everything eventually integrates.

7 Comments:

Blogger Eerowen said...

Thanks a lot for this, L. Simply gorgeous... the epitome of bedroom psych-folk.

05 October, 2006 09:52  
Anonymous michal said...

hi, could i request repost of this album? THANKS in advance.

21 December, 2006 19:11  
Anonymous michal said...

thanks again! that was so fast! best mp3 blog ever :)

22 December, 2006 01:47  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great album. Is it possible to hear the Misty Wizards or Horny Toads? Thanks for the good music.

17 February, 2007 07:17  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would love to check this out! any chance of a repost or reup of this?

05 May, 2008 10:10  
Blogger Andrew said...

Hi, would love a repost of Ted. Have two tracks that I've had on repeat for a few weeks, and I need some more plain and sane and simple melodies.

17 June, 2009 09:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a cd available at www.tedlucas.net there is also a cd reissue of the original album that will hopefully be out later this year.

18 June, 2009 06:23  

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