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Van Der Graaf Generator - Aerosol Grey Machine

1969

Mercury – SR 61238

Track List:

Afterwards, Orthenian St. (part 1&2), Running back, Into a game, Aerosol grey machine, Black smoke yen, Aguarian, Necromancer, Octopus.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Aerosol Grey Machine

 
 

Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He Who Am The Only One

1970

Charisma ‎– CAS 1027

Track List:

Killer, House With No Door, The Emperor In His War Room, Part 1 - The Emperor, Part 2 - The Room, Lost, Part 1 - The Dance In Sand And Sea, Part 2 - The Dance In Frost, Pioneers Over C.

Van Der Graaf Generator - H To He Who Am The Only One

 
 

Van Der Graaf Generator - The Least we Can Do Is Save Each Other

1970

Charisma CAS 1007

Track List:

Darkness, Refugees, White hammer, Whatever would Robert have said, Out of my book, After the flood.

Van Der Graaf Generator - The Least we Can Do Is Save Each Other

 
 

Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts

1971

Charisma (CAS 1015)

Track List:

Lemmings, Man-erg, A plague of lighthouse keepers: 1) Eyewitness - 2) Pictures - Lighthouse - 3) Eyewitness -4) S.H.M. - 5) Presence of the night - 6) Kosmos tours - 7) (Custards) last stand - 8) The clot chickens - 9) Lands end - 10) We go now.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts

 
 

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff

1975

Charisma ‎– CAS 1109

Track List:

The Undercover Man, Scorched Earth, Arrow, The Sleepwalkers.

Van Der Graaf Generator - Godbluff

 
 

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge

1967

ATCO Records ‎– SD 33-224

Track List:

Ticket To Ride, People Get Ready, She's Not There, Bang Bang, Illusions Of My Childhood - Part One, You Keep Me Hanging On, Illusions Of My Childhood - Part Two, Take Me For A Little While, Illusions Of My Childhood - Part Three, Eleanor Rigby.

Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge

 
 

Vanilla Fudge - Renaissance

1968

Atlantic 588 110

Track List:

The sky cries-when I was a boy, Thoughts, Paradise, That’s what makes a man, The spell that comes after, Faceless people, Season of the witch.

Vanilla Fudge - Renaissance

Review:

Brilliant, over the top, symphonic almost prog pscyhedelia from New York’s Vanilla Fudge.
Not every mans cup of tea, but in our opinion a marvellous slice of heavy psych that should nestle in everyones LP rack and be revered for its truly pompous power. If gargantuan slabs of organ are your thang then this baby will blow you away.

The music is long, drawn out and has an almost orchestrated classical feel to it, the vocals and organ are immensely powerful and Renaissance contains the most righteous cranial slapping version of Season Of The Witch that you will ever hear, anywhere, period.....!!

Reviewed by pOoTer

 
 

Vanilla Fudge - The Beat Goes On

1968

ATCO Records ‎– SD 33-237

Track List:

Sketch,

Phase One:

Intro: The Beat Goes On, Eighteenth Century, Variations On A Theme By Mozart: Divertimento No. 13 In F Major, Nineteenth Century, Old Black Joe, Twentieth Century, Don't Fence Me In, 12th Street Rag, In The Mood, Hound Dog

The Beatles:
I Want To Hold Your Hand, I Feel Fine, Day Tripper, She Loves You.

Phase Two:
The Beat Goes On

Beethoven, Fur Elise, Moonlight Sonata, The Beat Goes On, The Beat Goes On

Phase Three:

Voices In Time (Neville Chamberlain, Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy And Other Voices)

Phase Four:

The Beat Goes On, Merchant / The Game Is Over, Merchant / The Game Is Over (Vinnie), Merchant / The Game Is Over (Tim), Merchant / The Game Is Over (Carmine), Merchant / The Game Is Over (Mark), The Beat Goes On.

Vanilla Fudge - The Beat Goes On

 
 

Dino Valente - Dino Valente


1967

CBS

Track List:

Time, Something New, My Friend, Listen to Me, Me and My Uncle, Tomorrow, Children of the Sun, New Wind Blowing, Everything Is Gonna Be Ok, Test, Shame on You Babe, Now and Now Only.

Dino Valente - Dino Valente


Review:

I'm not sure if this album is readily available as a reissue. I used to own it on LP years ago, but my current copy is a dodgy download from the late lamented Audiogalaxy. Search it out wherever you can, it's a treasure.
The 12-string guitar is the psychedelic musical instrument par excellence. Roger McGuinn, Paul Kantner, Tim Buckley, Leo Kottke and countless others tampered with this weapon of destruction with varying degrees of success, but the most psychedelic sounding artist to pick up a 12 was Dino.

By the time he joined up with Quicksilver Messenger Service he had had a long career as a solo artist and a short spell in jail as a draft dodger.

This album is an example of what he was up to before those days. "Children Of The Sun" is a weird stream-of-consciousness style lyric which contains most of the profundities which encapsulated the hippie ideal. What's more, the guy sounds as though he's sampling the latest batch of Owsley's finest, right there in the studio. At several points he sings the word 'Mind' and stretches it over about 12 syllables and a whole octave. Some people will find his tendency to glide up to the right note from a distance of about 1500 metres a little off-putting, but this is the essence of the psychedelic troubadour.

If the guy had the same reputation as, say, Roky Erickson, for being truly 'out there' then this would be considered one of his most endearing traits.

Get Together is the first ever hippie anthem (well it was before the Dave Clark 5 got their hands on it):
"Love is but the song we sing, and fear's the way we die You can make make the mountains ring or make the angels cry..." Jefferson Airplane also covered it, so all is not lost. Another fine pearl:
"You hold the key to love and fear all in your tiny hand, One Key unlocks them both."

Dino is also notorious for passing off "Hey Joe" (not on this album) as his own composition, though he didn't in fact write it. Trivia question of the week is, "Who did?" Read Richie Unterberger's book "Wayfaring Strangers..." to find the answer. "Me And My Uncle" later became a staple of the Grateful Dead's repertoire. It's a cowboy movie, a song of hard riding on the trail, gambling, gunfights, card games and desperadoes.
Occasionally songs like 'My Friend" and "Tomorrow" will disturb the flow with their orchestral backing, but even there you will hear beautiful trills on strings, flute, piano and guitar which punctuate the flow and show that even old session men can be cosmic when in the right company. "Something New" is so close to what Tim Buckley was doing at pretty much the same time, a gentle jazzy groove in which Dino speaks so intimately to his lover you almost feel embarassed to listen in.

I'm sure this singer was a major influence on many people, right up to the Verve's Richard Ashcroft, so catch up with this psychedelic minstrel as soon as you can. Like any trip, there's the odd awkward moment, but they're worth it for the sake of the overall uplifting experience.

Addendum:
A few days after the review, I received a mail from Kate Powers O'Gara - the late Dino's sister, no less! She thanked me for the review and pointed out that Dino was NOT in jail for draft dodging - this misreporting was completely my mistake and I apologise for this. He actually served his country, joining the Air Force when he was 17 (though he was soon discharged for 'non-conformity to the rules' - Kate's phrase). He was actually busted for drug possession and this is what he served time for.

Reviewed by DoctorDark - 20th September 2002

 
 

Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg

1969

Pye (NSPL 18272)

Track List:

Yellow cave woman, New York mining disaster 1941, Wizard of gobsolod, Once among the trees, Lady Caroline, Come away Melinda, Owed to the dip, Within the night, Plastic man.

Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg

 
 

Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico

1967

Verve VLP 9184

Track List:

Sunday Morning, I’m waiting for the man, Femme fatale, Venus in furs, Run run run, All tomorrow’s parties, Heroin, There she goes again, I’ll be your mirror, Black angel’s death song, European son to Delmore Schwartz.

Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground and Nico

 
 

Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat

1968

Verve VLP 9201

Track List:

White light white heat, The gift, Lady Godiva’s operation, Here she comes now, I heard her call my name, Sister Ray.

Velvet Underground - White Light White Heat

Review 1:

One of my all time faves this one. So beautifully dark, so hauntingly disturbing. An absolute gem of sinister psychedelic artistry from beginning to end. Listen to "the GIft" and then listen to it again, it's a narrative nightmare with an excellent twisted piece of bass throbbing in the background, leading into the more gentle yet equally disturbing, "Lady Godiva's operation".

In between these tracks and around them lie manic riffs and angst ridden vocals given to you by Lou Reed. The album is ended with 17 minutes of white noise, cranial annihilation that is, "Sister Ray". So there you have it, Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker, playing very tight, all seemingly self indulgent, yet very together in their onslaught.

Top draw stuff.

Reviewed by Sir Eel.

Review 2:

An interesting album, this one is. This was the Velvet Underground at their strangest and darkest. It was also the last album recorded with John Cale, who was later replaced by Doug Yule. White Light/White Heat is a true psychedelic classic, a remarkable, mind-blowing work of art. The album begins with White Light/White Heat, a short, speed-driven song, loaded with heroin references. "The Gift" is a narration backed by mid tempo instrumentation. The story is about Waldo Jeffers, who misses his girlfriend Marsha, and so he mails himself to her. Unfortunately, things take a turn for the worst.

Next is the equally disturbing "Lady Godiva's Operation." Scary lyrics here, and a good oxygen machine imitation by John Cale.

The true highlight is the 17 minute, mind-blowing freakout, "Sister Ray". Loaded with white noise, this improvisational jam tells the story of a bunch of transvestites who shoot up on smack, pick up a sailor, and have an orgy. The sailor is shot, but no one cares, and then the police come. Disturbing, yes. But still, it is a fine work of art.

This album is only for more daring listeners of psychedelic music.

Reviewed by Not Telling - 20th September 2002

 
 

Velvet Undergound - Loaded

1971

Atlantic (2400 111)

Track List:

Who loves the sun?, Sweet Jane, Rock and roll, Cool it down, New age, Head held high, Lonesome cowboy Bill, I found a reason, Train around the bend, Oh! sweet nuthin'

Velvet Undergound - Loaded

Review:

Sterling Morrison once said, of "Loaded", "It showed that we could have, all along, made truly commercial sounding records." And The Velvet Underground fourth album is their most commercial. After leaving the Verve label, and signing with Atlantic Records, they were asked to avoid their previous themes of sex and drugs, and create an album "Loaded" with hits. John Cale is now long gone, and was replaced by Doug Yule before the release of their third, self-titled album. Maureen Tucker is not present, absent on maternity leave.

Their lyrics are changed completely, and their work has become more mainstream. "Sweet Jane" became a hit for the group, outspoken and driven by catchy riffs. "I Found A Reason" is as close to a love song by a mainstream pop band as anything, while "Rock and Roll" is an anthemic slice of, well, rock and roll. However, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" shows that Reed has not completely abandoned his reflective and contemplative lyrics completely.

In conclusion, if you are new to the Velvet Underground, this is not the place to start. And even if
you aren't, you may want to avoid this album completely.
Definitely not the band at their best.

Reviewed by Mr Skin - August 2002

 
 

The Virgineers - The Virgineers

1999

Liquid Sound LSR-2634

Track List:

Love circus, Places that I've never been, Sun, Floating, Plasticman, How far does space go?, The morning moon, Dr. Glouster, Be my guru, Lost balloon, Diesel train.

The Virgineers - The Virgineers

Review:

The clean and bright 'Love Circus' opens this excellent album in the vein of The Beatles/Dukes
of Stratosphear. 'Places that I've never been' is a finely crafted slice of psych tinged pop with some nice vocal harmonies. Things suddenly go all psychedelic with the druggy haze of 'Sun' in a Beatlesque vein with some cool vocal effects and some nice guitar work. Beautiful pastoral British psychedelia is the deal for the excellent 'Floating' that could be easily mistaken for Barrett era Floyd with its haunting, spiralling organ and soft vocal style and trippy sound effects.

'Plasticman' returns to a Beatlesque feel with vocals that sound uncannily like Lennon in places in a nice track based around a laid back piano. Backwards guitar, floating keyboards and soft vocals abound in the spaced out and mesmerising 'How far does space go?' An eastern sounding 'The morning moon' is full on Dukes, featuring tabla, sitar, backwards guitar and trippy vocals. Venturing into the dark alleys of Old London Town and conjuring up images of Crippen and Jekyll and Hyde, the baroque and haunting Dr. Gloster will appeal to fans of Paul Roland, you can almost smell the chloroform!!

'Be my guru' pays homage to both Marc Bolan and David Bowie in an upbeat, early 70's Glam Rock
romp. 'Lost Balloon' sees a return to beautiful floating psych in this lilting ballad. 'Diesel Train' is a nice throbbing tune with fine vocal effects telling tales of childhood dreams and fantasies.

The Virgineers, who allegedly hail from Antarctica!! have come up with an truly excellent album packed full of psychedelia, trippy pop tunes and other exotica that will appeal to fans of XTC/Dukes of Stratosphear, early Pink Floyd and late 60's era Beatles.

A mention is surely required too, of the truly stunning Day-Glo cover art.

Reviewed by pOoTer.

 
 

Voodoo Child - Acid Tales And Mermaids

1986

Aftermath Records ‎– AFT 2

Track List:

Voodoo Child, Rain, Free The Spirit, In Shadows, Eyes They Change, Fire, Psychedelic Dreams, Chains, Love Is Like A Knife, Road, Acid Tales.

Voodoo Child - Acid Tales And Mermaids