Saturday, November 18, 2006

Axe "Live & Studio" (UK Psych, Acid-Rock 1969-70)

8 tracks recorded in 1970 & one previously unreleased live track, 'Here To There',recorded in 1969.

Following text is taken from review of "Axe - Live 1969" as a sample.

The one previous Axe release on Kissing Spell was widely heralded as the label's finest revelation. This one finds Stephen Smith Inc. digging pretty deep in the scunge barrel, looking for a follow-up relic. This album supposedly features an entire live performance of their debut performance at Lord Barford Croquet Tournament in 1969. Material is all covers (Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat, Traffic, Neil Young, etc.), with plenty of tape wobble to extend the detuned meter into near avant garde territory. Tons of (uncredited) (lead) sax playing make this one a "must hear." Oh, the historical significance. Promo material mentions bonus tracks on the CD which do not in fact exist. Did I tell you about how this one was described in a recent Record Vault rare records catalog out of Pleasanton, CA (Zarrence Smith, proprietor)? "Tremendous heavy psychedelia... a real classic acid-rock sound, top of the line! Housed in a deluxe color art cover. Highly recommended head-grooves!" Huh? This record is not tremendous nor heavy, barely classifies as "psych" or "acid-rock," and is nowhere near the "top" of any line I've ever seen, heard, or pissed on. A couple of lame and out of focus live gig snapshots has never earned the term "deluxe" before, either. What this record is, is a historical curiosity, an unearthed artifact of the nascent, semi-coherent rumblings of what would become a semi-interesting genesis. For that purpose, it's worth a spin, maybe even all the way through. Expect anything more and you're as fucked as Mr. Smith. Good night.

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18 November, 2006 23:03  
Anonymous bushwhacker said...

Is that your review? Anyway, it's a spot on nailing of the BS that dealers,collectors & reissue labels use to describe the latest uncovered acid-psych-folk 'rarity' :-)

18 November, 2006 23:05  
Blogger A Pound for a Brown said...

thank you very much for this wonderful album

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19 November, 2006 00:38  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Axe - Music

Only 6 copies of this lp were originally pressed to acetate back in 1969 and it holds the title of one of the world's rarest records. A stunning example of UK psychedelic folk rock with excellent female vocals and trippy guitars. The sound is like early Fairport/Curved Air meeting Cream/Mountain with hard edged acid guitar breaks. Includes reproduction of original cover.

20 November, 2006 00:13  
Anonymous 2tired2sleep said...

THANKS SO MUCH!!!!

....nuff said!

20 November, 2006 18:31  
Anonymous raven said...

great album

thanks a million

21 November, 2006 07:38  

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