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16 Jul 2017

Pi Corp ‎ "Lost In The Cosmic Void" (The Original Pi Corp Tapes From 1973-1976) US Space Psych Rock Rockadelic Records

Pi Corp ‎ "Lost In The Cosmic Void" (The Original Pi Corp Tapes From 1973-1976) US Space Psych Rock Rockadelic Records

Circa 1973-76 this Cleveland, Ohio outfit is one of the most amazing bands to ever grace our ears. These boys had enough equipment, drugs and talent to take their listeners on a journey through the hallucinogenic caverns of insanity, in the darkest recesses of ones mind. Imagine Pink Floyd or King Crimson without any of the UK pomp and circumstance! Imagine Krautrock if it had been invented by bad ass inner city biker types with visions into the next galaxy and beyond. Songs like The Dirge, Devil Weed, Together, LSD1, and Organ Over Easy put Pi Corp in a class of their own, as no other American band ever came close to sounding like these guys. World renowned synthesist and electronic music pioneer Alan Howarth, headed the band of renegade musicians from Cleveland. Howarths innovative sounds, combined with the powerful bass melodies of Guy Bickel, takes the band into regions few others have dared to venture. Add the haunting vocals of lead singer Woody Leffel, former front man for the well known band Granicus, and you will definitely find this band arriving at gate Z on the Cosmic Concourse.The band rarely played live and spent most of their time jamming and discovering new plateaus of sound. Whether youre into progressive, Psychedelic, Hard Rock or just pure freak-out, industrial strength musical madness, this LP is for you!! This project is bassist Guy Bickels labor of love as he designed all the artwork and poured his soul into making sure the music sounded as it should....

Archival recordings uncovered by Rockadelic, encompassing the dates from 1973 to 1976, and certainly one of the label's more progressive oriented releases. Pi Corp were a space rock band from Cleveland, Ohio and contains plenty of that ancient Vox Continental organ. Honestly these recordings seem like raw rehearsals that have been heavily affected by studio trickery. The latter element most likely added (or enhanced) many years later, perhaps for this LP release specifically. Interesting album, though not necessarily compelling.
I've had both the black and pink splash vinyl copies (Rockadelic), the latter of which I currently own. The recent Italian issue (which comes in a gatefold and sports a different cover and title) includes 3 bonus tracks, though honestly the whole thing sounds like bonus tracks to .........

Amateurish space rock with poor sound quality that starts off great but heads due south into mediocrity territory from there. Look at some of the song titles -- "LSD1," "Just Another Song," "Space War," "Devil Weed" -- that's about the level of originality on display here. Sounds like I'm killing it when I actually think it's okay, I'm just sayin', there are about 10,000 albums one should hear before .......

A1 The Dirge
A2 Drumola
A3 Together
A4 Devil Weed
A5 Just Another Song
B1 LSD 1
B2 Space War
B3 Shiiit
B4 Telerama Boogie
B5 Organ Over Easy

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