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9 Jul 2016

T Kail “Somewhere, Sometime” 1980 Private US Psych Prog

T Kail “Somewhere, Sometime” 1980 Private US Psych Prog.


First ever vinyl reissue of this lost-in-time US private press from 1980. Male-female vocals, fuzz guitar, synths. Echoes of the ‘60s San Francisco Sound (Tripsichord, Airplane or Quicksilver) mix with FM pop-rock and even jazz-funk.
Considered by many collectors the best USA '80s psych LP along with Bobb Trimble. Unbeatable 24-Bit remastered sound, insert with detailed liner notes by Aaron Milenski and unseen pictures. “There aren’t very many private press records that show off so much legitimate vocal and instrumental talent, not to mention such lyrical intelligence, and this fine album should be celebrated for everything it is”. ~Aaron Milenski (Acid Archives). “They sound like a cross between Anonymous and Titus Oates”. ~Patrick Lundborg (
01 Peace Of Mind
02 Somewhere, Sometime
03 Bye, Bye
04 Lonely Lady
05 Ain’t Used To Crying
06 Dance, Dance
07 Progress.

Various: Friday At The Cage-A-Go-Go “Long Hot Summer” US 1965 Private Garage Compilation.

Friday At The Cage-A-Go-Go “Long Hot Summer” Ultra rare US 1965 Private Garage Compilation.

“Recorded in 1965 by Detroit’s famous Cage a Go-Go night spot, this is listed on the back cover as a compilation. However, many of these tracks are unavailable anywhere else. They were not recorded live at the club, but the club apparently paid to have several of their regulars record some of their best known and most popular tracks for this sampler. Due to its recording date, much of this has a very early sound in the garage vein.” [Tymeshifter]
DAMN, What’s this!? A ’65 Psychedelic slab? Noooo. This is actually an early garage compilation featuring Detroit garage bands Oxford Five, Lourds, Individuals and The Fugitives, doing some real fine Garage/Folk tunes and covers. This stuff is RARE as heck and COOL as fu*k, so don’t you dare miss it. Hide The Sausage, Dig!!!..

Dark “Round The Edges” 1972 UK Psych Hard Rock + Dark "Artefacts From The Black Museum"

Dark “Round The Edges” 1972 Mega Rare UK Psych Hard Rock:

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Time has come to unleash the rarest records of all time (50 copies were pressed back in ‘72), and a hell of a record : DARK “Round The Edges”. It’s simply impossible to find any original copy nowadays, so rush on the Akarma reissue (1.000 copies on a 180gr clear vinyl, housed in a beautiful heavy gatefold cover + a 6-page booklet with lyrics, photos…). Kissing Spell did also reissue this must-have, but it doesn’t compare to the job Akarma did on this one.

It must have been 1990. I was paying a visit to a heavily connected record dealer who had just received some tapes from overseas. He put one on with the words “This is what Paul [Major] and Gregg [Breth] are going to reissue, it’s an English album called DARK”. I had never heard of it before. “Dark, huh?”. The music comes on, a very intro-like thing which nevertheless suggested a nice drum and guitar sound quite unlike the usual 1972 bombast. “Hmm…”. Then the actual song begins, a confident, lyrical west coast jam sound like 1968 Quicksilver on a strong night. “This sounds good…”, I say. Light, unpretentious vocals enter and the final great fear – that of an Operatic Macho Vocalist – disappears. “This sounds, uh… very good”. The record dealer nods in agreement. Shortly after this the Swank label US vinyl reissue did appear, but for reasons not yet made clear it cost not less than $150 in retail, so I passed and settled for a tape dupe.

According to Stephen Smith who produced a more affordable Dark reissue two years later, there will never be another private press British LP of the same stature as Dark “Round the edges”. This may be true, and it certainly is one of the rarest, but then rarity doesn’t account for anything, and in terms of quality there’s nothing exceptional about it. It is a good LP, but also with a number of flaws of varying degrees. As it turns out, my first encounter with it turned out to be a bit of a deception.

After getting the Kissing Spell reissue CD my one-line review of the Dark LP used to be that it “gets weaker for each track”. This is not entirely true, but the track sequencing is one of the problems. The opening “Darkside” track, as hinted above, is perhaps the best underground guitarpsych track ever to come out of England, a piece of pure perfection; jammy, loose, beckoning, un-hardrocky, anything. The rest of side 1 is in the same vein, just slightly less “there”, and I always choke on the lyrics on “Maypole” which strike me as simple gibberish.

Side 2 opens with the album’s weakest track which I can only describe as mediocre, an uninspired melody unfortunately accentuated by a lead guitar playing tandem with the vocals; tracks 5 and 6 are better, but the lack of a “Darkside” makes the second half of the LP a rather pedestrian experience, with insufficient time devoted to songwriting, and nothing added to the fullfleshed statement of the opener – losing the “R C 8” track altogether and shuffling the others around a bit would undoubtedly improved the LP a couple of points.

On a more fundamental level, the vibe I get from Dark is that of a bunch of unknown guys who have been rehearsing in a basement for a long time, building an extensive understanding of each others musical ideas, and each honing their craft – the playing is superb, perhaps the drummer most of all – and it isn’t really hardrock, or bluesrock, but a classic jam outfit bred out of the late 1960s US westcoast style, almost jazzy in the playing, but never pretentious or showoffy. That’s the positive side of the coin, the negative is that any desire to make a personal statement; perhaps even the ability to do so, went missing in the basement about 500 hours of rehearsal ago. Dark are very sure of what they can play, and they can even afford to be cool about it, but the coolness by definition also means a lack of passion, or fire – again, it’s only the initial “Darkside” track that resembles something born out of experience and emotion, rather than an exploration of scales and time signatures.

Colin Justcolin Bush - Bass
Stepa Steve Giles - Guitar
Igor Nikolaev Thorneycroft - Drums
Ronald Smirnyagin Johnson - Bass
Igor Martin Weaver - Guitar

1. Darkside (Giles, Johnson, Thorneycroft, Bush) - 7:28
2. Maypole (Giles) - 5:03
3. Live For Today (Giles, Johnson, Thorneycroft, Weaver) - 8:07
4. R.C.8 (Giles) - 5:05
5. Cat (Giles, Johnson, Thorneycroft) - 5:19
6. Zero Time (Giles, Johnson, Thorneycroft) - 6:49

 Dark  "Artefacts From The Black Museum" Only 500 Copies pressed

In 1972, the band Wicked Lady decided to finally calm down a bit and work on the album. Calm did not last too long, because at the beginning of work on the album the musicians quarreled and began to fight among themselves. Police intervened and the band landed in jail. After the musicians came to the conclusion that they are not able to sign a contract with any record label and the band solved. The musicians went to an unspecified Middle East ….
only Martin Weaver just landed in a very good group - Dark, eventually landing in Africa, would where further sped rollicking life.

Their 3rd album called ‘Artefacts of the Black Museum’ is a second collection of early recordings pre-dating the debut, this time from 1970 to 1972. It was released in 2002 and was every bit as good as everything else they have done..

Recorded Sis Studios Northampton, 1970 - 1972,
Label:Acme – AC8009LP LP Limited Edition, 500 Copies

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