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25 Aug 2016

Motiffe “Motiffe” 1972 Private UK Psych Prog


Motiffe “Motiffe” 1972 mega rare Private UK Psych Prog reissued by Shadocks 

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"A very rare album (possibly only one copy ever made) by a St. Albans band who apparently split up by the time the end product was 'released'. Housed in a plain sleeve, it contained five tracks of progressive rock with typically pretentious titles: Grotesque Piece, Analogy, Life Reciprocal, To George and Mind And Body and is reputed to contain some superb guitar playing. King Crimson, Jade Warrior, Jimi Hendrix and early Pink Floyd were obvious influences....~ 


Super rare early ‘70s UK progressive psych private pressing was only recently located and raved about in Record Collector…. Long tracks with guitar, flute, percussion bass, sax etc. similar to, If, King Crimson, Colosseum etc. Located in St. Albans, 20 minutes away from London, Motiffe recorded this album in a home situation with no overdubs. A full blown progressive band with songs, techniques which reminds a lot of bands such as IF, Gracious and Gravy Train. Great keyboards, fuzz guitar which turns the music in something Mothers of Invention like plus flute & sax, real complex songs and very little vocal. These guys can play for sure and they are instrumentalists . Originally released in 1972 on the famous Deroy label. Supposedly only 2 known copies of this baby exist. 
LP 450 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing on Shadoks....~ 

180 gram thick card sleeve re-issue on Shadoks of this super rare early '70s UK progressive psych private pressing was only recently located and raved about in Record Collector.... Long tracks with guitar, flute, percussion bass, sax etc. similar to, If, King Crimson, Colosseum etc. Located in St. Albans, 20 minutes away from London, Motiffe recorded this album in a home situation with no overdubs. A full blown progressive band with songs, techniques which reminds a lot of bands such as IF, Gracious and Gravy Train. Great keyboards, fuzz guitar which turns the music in something Mothers of Invention like plus flute & sax, real complex songs and very little vocal. These guys can play for sure and they are instrumentalists . Originally released in 1972 on the famous Deroy label. Supposedly only 2 known copies of this baby exist. 
LP 450 numbered / heavy sleeve / 180 gram pressing on Shadoks....~  
Recently reissued on LP by Shadoks. This is the version I own and it's a huge improvement on the bootleg CD. But it's clearly not from master tapes. One member of the band was in touch with me for awhile and had offered me a copy of the album (on CD-R) from his own archive. Not sure how that sounds, as it never arrived. The sad thing is, the primarily instrumental music here is brilliant progressive rock. But the pressed LP version sounds very muffled. Not sure if a good cleanup job would do the trick, or if it's a lost cause. Whatever you do, don't buy the bootleg CD-R on Ammonite that came out in the late 1990s. It was taken from a vinyl copy that sounds like it was dumped into the washing machine....~ 



Tracklist 

1 Grotesque Piece 5:16 
2 Analogy 6:18 
3 Life Reciprocal 10:34 
4 To George 8:27 
5 Mind & Body 

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