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    Featured album: HP Lovecraft - LIVE MAY 11, 1968

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    Let's move on down to Frisco (via Chicago, since they were from there orignally)


    HP Lovecraft - Live May 11, 1968

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    Tracks Listing
    1. Wayfaring Stranger (10:23)
    2. The Drifter (8:24)
    3. It's About Time (4:55)
    4. The White Ship (7:02)
    5. At the Mountains of Madness (5:34)
    6. The Bag I'm In (3:35)
    7. I've Been Wrong Before (2:54)
    10. Country Boy & Bleeker Street (3:46)

    Line-up:
    - George Edwards / rhythm guitar, lead guitar, bass, lead vocals
    - David Michaels / keyboards, clarinet, recorder, lead vocals
    - Jerry McGeorge / bass, vocals
    - Tony Cavallari / lead guitar, vocals
    - Michael Tegza / drums, vocals

    here is what youyrs truly had to say about it on PA
    Rarely has a posthumous album been so justified. In 91, Edsel records released this concert of almost forgotten HP Lovecraft, catching them live at their peak, just prior to recording their second album. Recorded in one night at the Fillmore West (the Carousel Ballroom - with support from Loading Zone and Crome Syrcus) on the date mentioned (it was the last of a series of three nights) in their San Fran home base - they had relocated there from Chicago - the tapes dormed, forgotten, for over twenty years, before specialist label Edsel records released them , and they can be warmly thanked for it, since my interest for HP Lovecraft dates from this release.
    The recordings are of superb quality (especially given the means available back then) and the band is in pristine form, the show being flawless and the choice of material simply outstanding and suffering no discussion. Most of the tracks are pulled from their first albums, but there are two (At The mountain Of Madness is a superb homage to the writer and It's About Time with its chilling with atmospheres and drama) coming from the second album to be recorded in the studio two months later. I personally do not think any overdubs were added, and the playing is absolutely perfect, showing how experienced they were.

    Some of the tracks are extended from the original studio version, most notably Wayfairing Stranger (almost quadrupled time) and The Drifter (doubled time), but there is not one single second wasted or over-indulging in solos, just tight playing even when improvising. Then comes the two "new tracks" but separated by a superb rendition of the debut album's centrepiece, The White Ship with its stupendous bolero pace. The second part of the record is made of shorter covers of Folk giant Fred Neil and another from Randy Newman, all three fairly close to the debut album version.

    This live album is really worthy of sitting next to their two studio album and the booklet as a full story of the group including great photos of their Sausalito home - a san Fran hippy community right next to the bay, across the Golden Gate.
    review link: http://www.progarchives.com/Review.asp?id=63693






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    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    On first hearing this album many years back, I was quite surprised at their ability to reproduce some of those rather advanced arrangements from their second album, missing the string-quartet and all. It was known from early on how a couple of them were semi-trained musicians and consequently well aware of 'formalities' in music (composition, harmonics et al.), yet there are some truly fiery passages at play here.

    Great band.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    Oh I keep forgetting to buy this one. I totally love this Version of "White Ship".

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    This was my first introduction to the band, and it was all downhill from there Love this album, but the studio stuff pales in comparison. --Peter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proglodite View Post
    This was my first introduction to the band, and it was all downhill from there Love this album, but the studio stuff pales in comparison. --Peter
    Can only partially agree with that statement.

    Indeed their first two albums have many good moments, but also some best-forgotten whiles. However, one can make a killer CD-r compilation out of those two albums' best tracks.

    The two albums they relmeased as Lovecreft (without the "HP" before it) are really not up to par.
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    ^ The only overtly weak track on their second album was "Blue Jack of Diamonds". The rest of that release - the first one ever recorded with all musicians and the studio crew (not the session musicians) on an acid trip - is a remarkable achievement of dedication and innovation. Songs like "Mobius Trip", "Electrallentando" and "Spin, Spin, Spin" feature among the most celestial and convincing drug-tunes of the era.

    The debut is more patchy, however. Their rendition of "(Let's) Get Together" is arguably the poorest version of that tune I came across.
    "Improvisation is not an excuse for musical laziness" - Fred Frith
    "[...] things that we never dreamed of doing in Crimson or in any band that I've been in," - Tony Levin speaking of SGM

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    I hadn't heard this. I checked out the version of 'The White Ship' and it's very good- very impressive work on the clavinet (?).

    I have that twofer with the first two albums. It has that one great track but I find the debut a little patchy, not keen on any of the covers on it. The second is the better album overall; it's certainly more consistent.

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    Their second LP is one of the best psychedelic albums of the US scene.
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    A terrific "live" LP considering how many of our fave groups back then were often less-than-stellar "live" compared to their studio efforts.

    "The White Ship" is textbook proto-Prog, one foot squarely in psych, the other striding toward something....else.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    their first two albums have many good moments, but also some best-forgotten whiles [sic].
    Par for the course, given that eclecticism fell within psych's remit; indeed, its sine qua non.

    Great stuff....
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    I like this live album more than the studio versions. A lot of energy on this album that isn't present in the studio versions

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