Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Principal Edwards Magic Theatre
"The Asmoto Running Band" 1971

The second album from Principal Edwards Magic Theatre -- and arguably even better than the first, thanks to some really focused production from Nick Mason! The sound here has more of the building elements of psychedelia you'd expect from Mason's history with Pink Floyd -- and a bit less of the flowery looseness of Principal Edwards' debut -- and the new focus is a really welcome addition, as it helps the group find a new level of power in their music they might never have attained! There's still plenty of folksy instrumentation and trippy themes in the tunes -- but the guitars are more electric, the studio tricks more dynamic, and the overall record is a much more pleasing bit of ear candy that stands up well to the test of time.

Cherry Red Records:
There are whispers of Cherry Red Records releasing a luxurious Dandelion 45's (singles) Box Set with the participation of Clive & Shurley Selwood and many of the legendary label's artists? Whilst John Peel fans and music collectors alike wait with anticipation to see if the rumours are true, Cherry Red releases two albums from the Dandelion catalogue to whet the appetite, both from the curiously spectacular, Principal Edwards Magic Theatre.
The multi-media PEMT cut a compellingly original swathe through a late-1960s music scene seemingly inhabited by wall-to-wall blues bands. Their first ever gig was witnessed by benefactor and producer John Peel. The legendary DJ promptly signed them to his Dandelion label. 'I guess he liked what he heard,' says guitarist and chief songwriter Root Cartwright.

A stand-alone single released before the first album, 'Ballad (Of The Big Girl Now And A Mere Boy)'/ 'Lament For The Earth', is included in this package as a bonus track.

'Soundtrack' hit the record racks in August 1969, the third Dandelion long-player to be released in short order following debut efforts from folksingers Bridget St John and Beau.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any idea how to find Autumn Dancing Lady?


28 November, 2006 04:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You find Autumn Dancing Lady on The Music I Like blog:


29 November, 2006 08:17  
Anonymous radioshoes said...

It has its moments, but overall this is the kind of thing that gets hippie music a bad name. No wonder John Peel used to play Kettering to drive away unwanted guests!
Thanks anyway.

29 November, 2006 09:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you very much for this post.
and do you know where i can find their first LP wich I just lost ?

14 May, 2007 21:45  
Blogger Larts said...

Been looking for this for ages. Many thanks.

10 October, 2007 17:14  

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