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Rabbits Hat - The Magician

1999

Stone Premonitions SPCD 017

Track List:

Ignorance is bliss, soon, The strangling conversation, The sanity of mad ideas, Just can't stand it, Come with me, The biggest dupe, Dying without the music, The magician, sandalphon (Lord Litters theme), Atlantis, Emotivator, Gaia, Trepanning, Bo-De-Ban.

Rabbits Hat - The Magician

Review:

Opens up with "Ignorance is bliss", 11 minutes of methodical drum beat with guitar riff loop which could sound like its all been done before but is given a whacked out edge due to the maddened vocals of Tim Jones in a Robyn Hitchcock on acid style. "Soon" is a madcap narration which lasts for a couple of minutes and leads onto the "strangling conversation" which has a totally cool high pitch guitar onslaught and throbbing drum beat but sadly only lasts for 3 minutes and goes into "the sanity of mad Ideas", another storytime for the cosmic people amongst you. "Just can't stand it" rocks on inoffensively followed by the melancholy acoustic sound of "Come with me", a very clean arms in the air & rock from side to side kind of a track which I felt the album could have done without.

"Dying without the music" takes you on a feel good ambience to float you along nicely into "The Magician where spacey vocal echoes and mellow sounds wash gently over you in a mystical magical play it to the stars theme then onto more profound narrations. Now you can wake up to "Emotivator" which is a very much needed fast guitar, drum & FX kick in the head with background repetitive chanting Hawkwind stylee that seems as with all the outstanding tracks on this album, just doesn't last long enough before you are in storyland again with ""Gaia", acid heads beware, they will fuck your heads and invade your dreams. "Trepanning" is again tranced out in a similar vein to Knights of the occasional table, with Terri-B space whispering over the many excellent effects . "Bo-De-Ban" finishes the album off with some strange effects, vocals provided this time by Bob & Dean (you work it out) fall.

This album has some very fine moments of musical wizardry which could have lasted longer but also had too much narration, which I felt was not needed although at times it worked due only to Tim Jones' sinister Merlinesque delivery.
Worth having around for those shall we do acid and listen to some headfuck music nights.

Also worth having for tracks 3 and 12.

Reviewed by Sir Eel.

 
 

Rain Parade - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

1984

Zippo ZING 001

Track List:

Talking in my sleep, This can’t be today, I look around, 1 Hr 1/2 ago, Carolyn’s song, What she’s done to your mind, Look at Merri, Saturday’s asylum, Kaleidoscope.

Rain Parade - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip

 
 

Rain Parade - Explosions In The Glass Palace

1984

Zippo Records ‎– ZANE 003

Track List:

You Are My Friend, Prisoners, Blue, Broken Horse, No Easy Way Down.

Rain Parade - Explosions In The Glass Palace

 
 

The Rattles - The Witch 7”

1970

Decca F 23058

Track List:

The Witch, Get Away.

The Rattles - The Witch 7”

Review:

A stunningly powerful guitar based track from German 60’s pop band The Rattles just has to be included here for its shear power and screaming vocals, quite hard to track down but well worth the price. I have other Rattles stuff that is just pure pop, so this may not be representative of their true sound.

Original member Achim Reichel went on to form a legendary Krautrock band called A. R. & Machines who released Die grüne Reise.

Reviewed by pOoTer

 
 

Red Crayola - Parable Of Arable Land

1968

International Artists Int 2

Track List :

Hurricane Fighter Plane, Transparent Radiation, War Sucks, Pink Stainless Tail, Parable Of Arable Land, Former Reflections Enduring Doubt.

Red Crayola - Parable Of Arable Land

Review:

Ok this is where the big guns come in, this album sorts the men out from the boys I can tell you!!.
If you have imbibed in any chemicals of the hallucinatory type and this is on the turntable for the first time, man are you in for a white knuckle ride. Hardcore psychedelia at the far edges of time itself. Lable mates of the 13th Floor Elevators but radically different this album is a mix of Free Form Freakout (where the Red Crayola’s mates ‘The Familiar Ugly’ are shut in a room full of objects, some musical instruments, fed huge amounts of LSD and the results recorded) segmented with the Crayolas haunting brand of psychedelia characterised by lead singer Mayo Thompson’s stange falsetto voice.

Very much for hardened psych fans only.

Trivia: Roky Erickson guested on this LP.

Reviewed by pOoTer

 
 

Red Crayola - God Bless The Red Crayola And All Who Sail With It

1968

International Artists ‎– IA-LP-7

Track List:

Say Hello To Jamie Jones, Music, The Shirt, Listen To This, Save The House, Victory Garden, Coconut Hotel, Sheriff Jack, Free Piece, Ravi Shankar: Parachutist, Piece For Piano And Electric Bass Guitar, Dairymaid's Lament, Big, Leejol, Sherlock Holmes, Dirth Of Tilth, Tina's Gone To Have A Baby, The Jewels Of The Madonna, Green Of My Pants, Night Song.

Red Crayola - God Bless

 
 

Relatively Clean Rivers - S/T

1976

Pacific

Track List:

Easy Rider, Journey Through The Valley Of OD, Babylon, Last Flight To Eden, Prelude, Hello Sunshine, They Knew What To Say, The Persian Caravan, A Thousand Years.

Relatively Clean Rivers

 
 

Remains - The Remains

1966

Epic (ln/bn 26214)

Track List :

Heart, Lonely weekend, Don't look back, Why do I cry, Diddy wah diddy, You got a hard time coming, Once before, Thank you, Time of day, Say you're wrong.

Remains - The Remains

 
 

Revolving Paint Dream ‎– Flowers In The Sky 7"

1984

Creation Records ‎– CRE 002

Track List :

Flowers In The Sky, In The Afternoon.

Revolving Paint Dream ‎– Flowers In The Sky

 
 

Revolving Paint Dream - Mother Watch Me Burn

1990

Creation

Track List :

The Dune Buggy Attack Battalion, Green Sea Blue, Fever Mountain, (burn this house) Down To The Ground, Mother Wash My Tears Away, Garbagebrain, Electra's Crying Loaded In The Basement, Mandra Mandra, Untitled (love song), 300 (coda), Reprise (mandro Mandro), Sun Sea Sand, Flowers In The Sky, Stop The World, 7 Seconds.

Revolving Paint Dream - Mother Watch Me Burn

 
 

Ring - Ode De De Dun

1986

Ring Tapes ‎– 001

Track List:

Operation Apricot, I'm Not Mad It's The Rest Of The World, The Book Of Rem, The Unavoidable Non Event, Walls Walled Waltz Pixiano, The Day Of The Dun, Tin Masked Years, Regeneration Is Our Chant, Bright Carvings, A Cat, A Dog And Some Plants, Magenta, D.A.R.G., I Would If I Could But I Cant, Rubber Feet, Hot Dooolers.

Ring - Ode De De Dun

 
 

Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures

1986

Demon

Track List :

Night Of The Vampire, I Am The Interpreter, Heroin Song, To Abe Lincoln, I Have Always Been Here Before, John Lawman, Before In The Beggining, Anthem, Click Your Fingers Applauding The Play, Warning ,If You Have Ghosts, Sweet Honey Pie, The Damn Thing, Cold Night For Alligators ,Sputnik.

Roky Erickson - Gremlins Have Pictures

 
 

Roky Erickson - Dont Slander Me

1986

Pink Dust ‎– 72108-1

Track List:

Don't Slander Me, Haunt, Crazy Crazy Mama, Nothing In Return, Burn The Flames, Bermuda, You Drive Me Crazy, Can't Be Brought Down, Starry Eyes, The Damn Thing.

Roky Erickson - Dont Slander Me

 
 

Roky Erickson And The Aliens - I Think Of Demons

1987

Edsel - ED 222

Track List :

Two Headed Dog, White Faces, I Think Of Demons, Cold Night For Alligators, I Walked With A Zombie, Creature With The Atom Brain, Don't Shake Me Lucifer, Mine Mine Mind, Night Of The Vampire, Stand For The Fire Demon, Bloody Hammer, The Wind And More.

Roky Erickson And The Aliens ‎– I Think Of Demons

 
 

Paul Roland - Burnt Orchids

1985

Aftermath Scoop 2

Track List:

Death Or Glory, Burnt Orchids, The Puppet Master, Captain Blood, Cairo, Green Glass Violins, Funhouse, Ghost Ships.

Paul Roland - Burnt Orchids

Review:

Another of Britains best kept secrets is the genius that is Paul Roland who’s unique haunting style conjures up images of eccentric Edwardian England and opium crazed gents, visions of terryfying automaton fill your mind as you listen to the truly poetic lyrics. With a musical style quite unlike anyone else, except possibly Syd Barrett (lyrically) this is grand stuff indeed. The last track ‘Ghost Ships’ is well up there in my all time top songs, truly chilling stuff......

Reviewed by pOoTer.

 
 

Paul Roland - Danse Macabre

1985

Bam-Caruso Kiri 052

Track List:

Witchfinder General, Madam Guillotine, The Great Edwardian Air-Raid, The Hanging Judge, Still Falls The Snow, Matilda Mother, Gabrielle, Reqiuem, Buccaneers, In The Opium Den, Twilight Of The Gods.

Paul Roland - Danse Macabre

Review:

Yet another sinister adventure into the fantastical mind that is Paul Roland and yet another stunning album full of tales of eccentricity, murder and sea dogs. 11 haunting and evocative tracks who’s high points include The Great Edwardian Air-Raid and Witchfinder General. This is another awesome album from the great master of the Baroque.

Reviewed by pOoTer.

 
 

Paul Roland - A Cabinet Of Curiosities / Happy Families

1988

Gaslight Records

Track List:

Madhouse, Wyndham Hill, Jumbee, Gary Gilmores Eyes, Burn, Walter The Occultist, Demon In A Glass Case, The Curate Of Cheltenham, Journey To The Pole, Nursery Crimes, Cousin Emilia, Builder Of Follys, The Best Years Of Our Lives, Aunty, Animal Crackers, Beau Brummel, Alices House, Go Down You Muderers, Happy Families, Jumbee, Stranger Than Strange.

Paul Roland - A Cabinet Of Curiosities

 
 

Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

1967

Decca (txl/txs 103)

Track List:

Sing this all together, Citadel, In another land, 2000 man, Sing this all together (see what happens), She's a rainbow, The lantern, Gomper, 2000 light years from home, On with the show.

Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request

Review:

In all fairness, the Rolling Stones were NEVER a psychedelic band. While they could (and did) ably adapt to musical trends, flower-power was a bit beyond the bad boys of rock n roll. Their Satanic Majesties Request (TSMR) is an aberration and shows the Stones at a bit of a loss. That said, TSMR is not exactly a bum trip. Dismissed as a Sgt. Pepper rip-off, it's more of a dalliance with the trends of the day and the Stones manage to contribute some strong, trippy tunes that have been overlooked since day one.

The swirling 'Citadel' is a standout. Probably the best track on the album. 'She's a Rainbow' is another wonderful song, oddly upbeat amidst mostly dour songs. '2000 light years from home' is a superb space-rock anthem that probably gave the band Hawkwind a good measure of inspiration. Bill Wyman's ethereal 'In Another Land' rounds out the most exceptional TSMR tunes.

Other songs are either acceptable or eccentric - '2000 Man' with its odd shifts from acoustic to electric backings fits both descriptions. 'The Lantern' and 'Gomper' take the cake as perhaps the most acidic tracks. As for the rest, 'Sing this all together', 'Sing this all together (let's see what happens)' and 'On with the show', they come across as fillers.
But it's songs have surfaced in some surprising places. The guitar riff for 'Citadel' was later (apparently) 'borrowed' by Roxy Music for their song 'Street Life'. The band KISS covered '2000 Man' on their 'Dynasty' album and arguably did a better job and 'She's a Rainbow' was featured in an Apple iMac commercial.

All in all, TSMR isn't the Rolling Stones at their best, but it's not a clunker.

Reviewed by Arthur in Trinidad - March 2002

 
 

Rose Garden - Same

1968

Atco SD33-225

Track List:

Next Plane To London, I’m Only Second, February Sunshine, Coins Of Fun, Rider, She Belongs To Me, Flower Town, Till Today, Look What You’ve Done, Long Time.

Rose Garden - Same

 
 

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star

1973

Rhino Records, 70864

Track List:

International Feel, Never Never Land, Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off, You Need Your Head, Rock And Roll Pussy, Dogfight Giggle, You Don't Have To Camp Around, Flamingo, Zen Archer, Da Da Dali/Just Another Onion Head, When The Shit Hits The Fan, Le Feel Internacionale, Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel, Does Anybody Love You, Medley-I'm So Proud/Ooh Baby Baby/La La Means I Love You/Cool Jerk, Hungry For Love, I Don't Want To Tie You Down, Is It My Name, Just One Victory

Todd Rundgren - A Wizard, A True Star

Review:

With the follow up to his smash hit, "Something/Anything", Todd Rundgren was seeking to shed himself of his mainstream audience. And with Wizard, he does just that. Here, Todd combines psychedelia, hard rock, R&B and pop with a bizarre sense of humour.

This album rarely breaks down into full-fledged songs, especially on side one, a unique sound collage of short segments. The second side seems to be more pop oriented, including a medley of Motown hits. The anthemic closer, "Just One Victory" is as beautiful and inspiring as anything.

Highlights include Zen Archer, Sometimes I Don't Know What To Feel and Just One Victory.

For lovers of psychedelic music, this album is an absolute must.

Reviewed by Not Telling - December 2002