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10 Aug 2016

The Fire Escape ”Psychotic Reaction” 1967 US Psych Rock





The Fire Escape ”Psychotic Reaction” 1967 US Psych Rock

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybKtKcrtc5A&index..

This mind-blowing psychedelic garage collection comprising “far out” covers of garage legends including Question Mark and the Mysterians, The Music Machine, Count Five and The Seeds.
No members of the so-called Fire Escape are mentioned by name, and there’s an arranger’s credit, which is not exactly a sign that a regular band is playing. It is a good guess that the group is fabricated and the project is actually performed by the so-called production team of Larry Goldberg and Hank Levine, with help from sessionmen. This is the Greek reissue of the album by Music-Box (SMB 138) from 1983……

Not so much because of the songs themselves (8 out of 10 being covers), nor an originality of the sound neither, but The Fire Escape’s only release on GNP-Crescendo (1967) is still being regarded as a pretty collectable item, being a kind of a precursor to the Nuggets-and-related concepts, no less than five years before Lenny Kaye’s own “comprehension” of the whole thing.

Put together by the ultimate freaky scenester, Kim Fowley, along with the “Smoking” West Coast Pop Art Experimentator extraordinaire, Michael Lloyd, and the production team of Larry Goldberg and Hank Levine, the album is a kind of a “psychotic reaction” to the pioneering garage-punk sounds of the day, while they were still being called just (not exactly) plain pop, or at it’s most outrageous, r’n’b, with the identity of the actual (studio) band being mysteriously hidden from the public eye.

Among such future genre-defining classics as Talk Talk (The Music Machine), 96 Tears (? Mark & The Mysterians), Trip Maker, Pictures And Designs (The Seeds), Fortune Teller (take your own pick) or the title song (The Count V) itself.

As well as the not so classic but just as representative pair of Love Special Delivery (Thee Midniters) and a re-recording of Kim Fowley’s own The Trip, there are two band “originals”, both sharing the songwriting credits of Goldberg/Levine, with Blood Beat being a spooky psychedelicate instrumental, while Journey’s End actually happens to be the most conventionally sounding piece of a folk rocking jangler at it’s best.

With most of the mystery surrounding the album being revealed quite a while ago, the supposed involvement of Sky Saxon and Mars Bonfire is what still remains a rumour.

[Released by Fall Out 2006]…….

Because it is totally hardcore, has the word “psychotic” spelled wrong in huge print on the back cover, and is almost impossible to find anywhere, ‘60s freaks will want this. No members of the so-called Fire Escape are mentioned by name, and there’s an arranger’s credit, which is not exactly a sign that a regular band is playing. It is a good guess that the group is fabricated and the project is actually performed by the so-called production team of Larry Goldberg and Hank Levine, with help from sessionmen. The liner notes detail how some jokers arrived in San Francisco during the height of the Haight-Ashbury scene and spent more than $50 in cab fare wandering around trying to find where the group the Fire Escape was playing. And guess where that was? A club called the Gutter. If that is not proof enough that this is one of the greatest sets of liner notes in music history, sample the intro: “San Francisco, a far out city! The Fire Escape, a far out band!” Well, it certainly has good taste in covers, that’s for sure. Practically all the good parts of the original Nuggets collection are here: the title track, “Talk Talk,” “96 Tears.” There’s not one but two obscure Seeds covers. The producers take credit for writing “Blood Beat” and “Journey’s End,” both yucky, but no one takes credit for “Love Special Delivery,” advertised as just plain “LSD” on the front cover. This is one of three overt references to acid in the song selection – talk about targeting an audience who are hallucinating too hard to respond. This album is, frankly, a ripoff, but at least good stuff was ripped off. And yes, Shockabilly also spelled “psychotic” wrong on the back of the original Rough Trade release, Dawn of Shockabilly, but at least that was in small print. …by allmusic….

Tracklist
A1 Psychotic Reaction 2:50
A2 Talk Talk 1:50
A3 Love Special Delivery 2:14
A4 The Trip 1:48
A5 96 Tears 2:31
B1 Blood Beat 2:08
B2 Trip Maker 2:53
B3 Journey’s End 2:39
B4 Pictures And Designs 2:28
B5 Fortune Teller

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