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11 Nov 2016

Dragonwyck “Dragonwyck” 1970 US Psychedelic Rock first album A Demo only original Only 85 copies made -No cover. reissued by Rockadelic records RRLP 4.5 1992 with incert & CD Rockadelic 1996

Dragonwyck ‎ “Dragonwyck” 1970 US Psychedelic Rock mega rare first album  A Demo only original Only 85 copies made - No cover. reissued by Rockadelic records RRLP 4.5 1992 with incert & CD Rockadelic 1996
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Demo only LP of intense Doorsy hard psych/rock that’s become somewhat legendary over the years. The LP retains some of the appealing cheesiness of the style, yet is charged with enough presence and fire to transform itself into a winner before your eyes, with recurring feedback leads its strongest asset. One of the best of all the countless “Morrison Hotel” excursions around. The wide appeal and small press has made it one of Rockadelic’s more famous releases, although their CD version has poor sound and is not recommended. The tape-sourced WIS reissue reinstates the original running order and adds 5 tracks from a 1968 studio session which yielded the band’s pre-LP 45 (released as by Sunrise), but the 1970 material seems to lose a bit of the trebly garage intensity of the Rockadelic LP. The band was also known as Speed, Flying Turns and Fun at various stages in their career. There was another 45, “The music” on the Peckar label, and a later one “Lovin’ The Boys” as part of the “Fun” project. [PL] 

Five guys from Cleveland recorded 7 tracks, released a test pressing on Pama Records in 1970 as an edition of only 85 copies and created a milestone for all heavy/psychedelic music collectors. The Doors brought main inspiration to their music, with the difference; the songs are heavier and more progressive; the sound is dominated by great vocals, freaked out heavy guitar solos and swirling Hammond B3 organ. The core of musicians started as Sunrise in 1968 and released one 45 record. A true lost masterpiece!…… 

This group from Cleveland were one of the most promising bands from the early 70´s in that area. After their first legendary 1970 heavy-psych album the keyboardist changed, and the band left their garagey Doors influences to create their own sound. 
The music on these well produced stereo-recordings exists only on acetate (10 copies), and drifted more into the British vein of progressive rock, like King Crimson, Pink Floyd or Yes, but also reflects US-West Coast feeling like It´s a Beautiful Day. 
By 1972 Dragonwyck was performing Moody Blues´complete ‘Days of Future Passed’ live on stage (!!!) The 10 original cuts included here, however, are intense and very unique with strong melodies/vocals, heavy guitar solos and an extreme variety of keyboard and vocal sounds an awesome mix of heavy underground rock with classical chamber-music style/elements. 
There are 2 bonus tracks from a 45´record which was released in 1974. 

Dragonwyck, at their peak in the early 70s, were once considered Cleveland’s rising rock stars, having earned a weekly spot at one well known local club for two years straight. Their 1970 debut, in reality only a demo recording in hopes of landing a label deal, and pressed only in a quantity of 85, was a hard psych affair similar to the 1967 Doors sound. Three years on, with many more shows under the belt and a whole new keyboard play-kit including organ and mellotron, demonstrated the band’s professional progression and a move towards more complex compositions. Still, in keeping with their three years behind the times M.O., Dragonwyck had only progressed to the Moody Blues circa 1970. That is, a psych influenced progressive sound, with plenty of vocal harmonies and large scale orchestrations (as emulated by the new expansive keyboard setup). The guitar, however, is more aggressive than anything the Blues ever did. Included were re-recordings of two tracks from the debut, still sounding oddly like the Doors and out of place with the newer material. Despite a fully produced recording, the album was never formally released (excepting bootlegs) until 2006. After the “Chapter 2” recordings, the band began to move towards more commercial songwriting, which is reflected on the two 1974 bonus tracks contained on the World in Sound reissue CD. Interestingly enough, their sound at this point represented what most “Midwest Progressive” bands were to sound like – Starcastle, Ethos and Albatross for example. In the end, a very much recommended purchase for psych and prog heads, with the caveat that the album was dated even in its own time…………. 

Pretty accomplished heavy-psychedelic prog effort from this obscure german band. It’s an evidence that it’s not krautrock, it sounds surprisingly british with a pure mix between epic fuzzy guitars, grandiose Hammond organ parts and stylistic arrangements. My future waits is maybe the only song that admits links with kraut-melancolic-bluesy fuzzed out obssessions. Consequently this is my favourite one on this album. A very passionate song with distinctive pop-ish accents. The break part is astonishingly melodic, moody and stoned with nice fuzz psych guitar leads. Ideas within you is a more mellow song with a ravishing cloudy melody with folk-ish accents. It carries on the catchy, happy-like and tranquil Fire Climbs. The song features some serious technical, instrumental improvisations dominated by a duet between intense guitar leads and heavy based organ eccentricities. Run to the devil is a seriously spaced out composition with delicate organ chords, floating bluesy guitars and desperate melodic, emotional vocals. God dreams is a bombastic, propulsive heavy rockin’ song punctuated by abundant hammond organs and awesome vocals. Ancient Child is a creepy eccentric song based on a carnivalesque demonic atmosphere, perfectly haunted, heavy and oppressive. Dragonwyck could be a teutonic version of Atomic Rooster, Lucifer’s friend with a great dose of dark, dreamy, druggy elements. Mesmerizing!….. by philippe …. 

Tom Brehm / guitars 
- Bill Pettijohn / vocals 
- John Hall / keyboards 
- Mikey Gerchak / bass 
- Jack Boessneck / drums 


01. My Future Waits 
02. Ideas within You 
03. Fire Climbs 
04. Run To The Devil 
05. God΄s Dream 
06. Ancient Child 
07. The Vision 
08. Fire Climbs 
09. Flowers Grow Free 
10.The Vision 
11.Anything I΄d Give 

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