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6 Aug 2016

The Electric Prunes “Stockholm 67 “ Live bootleg US Psych

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The Electric Prunes's final tour line-up with Mark & Ken plus Kenny Loggins & Jeremy Stuart
The Electric Prunes with Miss A&W in 'The Beat' magazine (25th March 1967)
The Electric Prunes pictured with actress Quinn O'Hara
From left to right  Ken Williams, James Lowe, Michael Weakley & Mark Tulin as Jim & The Lords
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Early Reprise Records publicity photo of The Electric Prunes Featuring Ken Williams, Mark Tulin, James Lowe & Michael Weakley ('Quint')






Trade ad for The Electric Prunes's single 'I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)' with the newly recruited 'Weasel' Spagnola & Preston Ritter
The Electric Prunes “Stockholm 67 “ Live bootleg US Psych

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The Electric Prunes’ December 14, 1967 show from the Concert Hall in Stockholm, originally taped for broadcast on Swedish radio, fully restored and properly remastered. The result is the finest record ever released by this band, and maybe the best live album of the psychedelic era. It was issued by a private label in England in a double-pocketed CD jacket with a beautifully illustrated booklet, complete with written reminiscences by the surviving members. The band’s lineup is from their second album,Underground: James Lowe (lead vocals), Mark Tulin (bass, organ, vocals), Ken Williams (lead guitar), the late Mike Gannon (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Quint (drums). Calling them tight would be an understatement – the band does a 45-minute set, parts of which (“Try Me On For Size,” “You Never Had It Better”) display long instrumental passages showing off Williams’ prowess on the fuzz-tone guitar and Quint’s powerful drumming to great effect; “I Had Too Much To Dream Tonight” is here, along with “Long Day’s Flight” and “Get Me to the World On Time” and solid covers of “Got My Mojo Workin’” and “Smokestack Lightnin’.” This live show presents the group as much more of a garage-punk band than a psychedelic band, though they still traffic in the currency of the latter, including lots of distorted guitars and organ cadenzas – the snarl and energy keep things moving, however. Twice as valuable as their Edsel hits compilation. by allmusic….

In the winter of 1967, a psychedelic-garage-punk band from Woodland Hills, CA arrived in Europe for what would be their first and last tour of the continent. On the strength of their hit single “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night,” the band was welcomed with open arms by European rock fans as well as British rock royaltly like Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Keith Moon, and The Beatles.

On the last stop of the tour someone pushed the record button and this artifact is the result. Stockholm ‘67 finds theElectric Prunes at the height of their powers. Over-amplified and fuzzed to the max, the band is explosive, noisy and wild here, and this recording is evidence in itself that the Electric Prunes deserve to be ranked alongside the very best bands of their era. The 8-song set is highlighted by definitive live takes of the band’s breakout single “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)” and its equally as impressive follow-up “Get Me To The World On Time.” 180g vinyl reissue from Sutro Park Records……

If you ever wondered what it was like to be around in the sixties, this album may just be what you need to re-create the era in your living room. This has to be one of the finest live recording of any sixties band ever to have been released, the quality is exceptional. The Electric Prunes have exerted their influence over many bands down the years, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Damned and The Stone Roses are all indebted to this band in one way or another. The album was recorded (without the band’s permission) by the Swedish Broadcasting Corporation and features their two biggest hits, 'I had too much to dream last night’ and 'Get me to the world on time’ plus psych rockers like 'You never had it better’, 'Try me on for size’ and 'Long day’s flight ('til tomorrow)’. If you’ve ever heard the rumour that they were a band that couldn’t play their instruments or were just a bunch of session musicians under an assumed name, then be prepared to be proved wrong and if you still need convincing ,then get hold of their new album 'Artifact’ (yes they are active once again) and then try and get to see them play live. You will not be disappointed! …by Julian Cope…..

The Electric Prnes include: James Lowe (vocals); Mike Gannon (guitar, background vocals); Ken Williams (guitar); Mark Tulin (organ, bass, background vocals); Quint (drums).

Recorded live at Konserthuset, Stockholm, Sweden on December 14, 1967. Includes liner notes by James Lowe.

All tracks have been digitally remastered.

The Electric Prunes’ December 14, 1967 show from the Concert Hall in Stockholm, originally taped for broadcast on Swedish radio, fully restored and properly remastered. The result is the finest record ever released by this band, and maybe the best live album of the psychedelic era. It was issued by a private label in England in a double-pocketed CD jacket with a beautifully illustrated booklet, complete with written reminiscences by the surviving members. The band’s lineup is from their second album, Underground: James Lowe (lead vocals), Mark Tulin (bass, organ, vocals), Ken Williams (lead guitar), the late Mike Gannon (rhythm guitar, vocals), and Quint (drums). Calling them tight would be an understatement – the band does a 45-minute set, parts of which (“Try Me On For Size,” “You Never Had It Better”) display long instrumental passages showing off Williams’ prowess on the fuzz-tone guitar and Quint’s powerful drumming to great effect; “I Had Too Much To Dream Tonight” is here, along with “Long Day’s Flight” and “Get Me to the World On Time” and solid covers of “Got My Mojo Workin’” and “Smokestack Lightnin’.” This live show presents the group as much more of a garage-punk band than a psychedelic band, though they still traffic in the currency of the latter, including lots of distorted guitars and organ cadenzas – the snarl and energy keep things moving, however. Twice as valuable as their Edsel hits compilation. ~ Bruce Eder ……..

The Electric Prunes Stockholm 67 Track Listing:

1. You Never Had It Better
2. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
3. Try Me On For Size
4. I Happen To Love You
5. I Got My Mojo Workin’
6. Long Day’s Flight (Til Tomorrow)
7. Smokestack Lightning
8. Get Me To The World On Time


Back from left to right  Ken Williams, Michael Weakley & Mark Tulin Front from left to right  Dick Hargrave and James Lowe


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