Feb 2, 2009

THE HOLY MACKEREL (REPRISE 1968)



That is quite likely to be your exclamation when you hear how good this record is! The Holy Mackerel was a loosely shifting organization (early Jefferson Airplane bassist Bob Harvey and Buffalo Springfield drummer Dewey Martin were among its members) but at it's heart was Paul Williams song writing in pop, country and psychedelic directions with the help of future platinum producer Richard Perry. The 1968 result was a record that should have sold a lot more copies than it did; the band broke up right after its release and Reprise didn't promote it, but be sure to catch it this time around.
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Though the album bears some of the pop smarts that would characterize Williams's '70s work, it is a product of its time: a psychedelic pop-rock outing with swirling melodies, Eastern influenced modalities, reverb and phaser effects, and high-flown harmonies. It's a fun, pleasurable listen...
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8 comments:

mscmichael said...

I'm looking forward to listen to this. Thanks...

Georgie Hirezola said...

ahh...you won't be disappointed...
that's for sure...

Anonymous said...

1984 is a classic thank you

Anonymous said...

I love this album!

Best!
George

Muzikat said...

I had never even heard of this band before today. Now I have had the chance to hear this remarkable album I'm an instant fan. Thanks a million for turning me on to one of the great 'lost' albums of the Sixties.

Georgie Hirezola said...

yeah..it's a really great & also lost "Reprise" album....
a mystery... a label which is well known to every sixties psych fan for it's "Prunes", or "WCPAEB" acts among others...
thanks++++

pigshitpoet said...

damn, they look so young! like fake moustachio! and one guy in a hat, he probably got the chic. obscurity at its finest! musicians of an early era, and slightly ahead of its time...
tanko mucho!
psp

Jean said...

Voilà Holy Mackerel , une bonne surprise transatlantique ! Une jolie fleur dans ton beau jardin !Merci , mon ami !