Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Group 1850 ‎ “Mother No-Head” Their 45s 2012- 2 LP`s Dutch Psych Rock


Group 1850 ‎ “Mother No-Head”  Their 45s  2012 2 LP`s  Dutch Psych Rock
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The CD Release Comes With 18-Paged Booklet Insert.

Remastered In The 24-Bit Domain From The Original Master Tapes at Finetune, Soest, The Netherlands
Though they were a product of the beat group age, Group 1850 were the Netherlands’ first progressive band — in every sense of that word. Constantly changing, constantly evolving, Group 1850 were musical extremists on a do-or-die mission to explode all expectations. Sparks flew, ideas flared, feedback swirled through misty nights, the dead walked, skeletons danced, flies buzzed, mountains fell, words rained fire from angry purple skies. Group 1850 raised all kinds of Hell. My god, were they good.
Although the group made two deservedly revered albums, Agemo’s Trip to Mother Earth (1968) and Paradise Now (1969), some of their best work can be found on their singles, where their borderline insane hyper-creativity was focused into highly-concentrated, radically potent three-minute songs like Misty Night, Mother No-Head, Zero, We Love Live (Like We Love You), Don’t Let It Be (We Have to Do It Now), and the magnificent Have You Ever Heard. The A- and B-sides of all their singles can be found on this 2-LP set in their original mono mixes, mastered from the original tapes. A number of previously unreleased demos are also included. Pressed on 180gm vinyl, Mother No-Head: Their 45s comes packaged in a breathtaking gatefold cover with rare archival photos and liner notes by Ugly Things’ Mike Stax…..~
“Sparks flew, ideas flared, feedback swirled through misty nights, the dead walked, skeletons danced, flies buzzed, mountains fell, words rained fire from angry purple skies.” Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine, talking about the music of Group 1850.
“Mother No-Head” collects Group 1850’s 45 RPM singles from 1966 through 1971. This is another very fine reissue from the Pseudonym Records label which have reissued a number of 1, 2 and 3 CD music collections from many of the best Dutch progressive rock bands of the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. The remastered sound is from the original master tapes and is very good. The 18 page booklet is also very well done–glossy good looking paper stock, an essay on the band and their music, period photos, record covers, gig ads, band personnel, and recording information. All in all another great reissue from this label that other reissue labels should emulate.

Group 1850 released three albums (“Agnemo’s Trip To Mother Earth” (1968), “Paradise Now”(1969), and Polyandri", but it’s the first two albums that the band is known for among fans. This 45 RPM collection supersedes the older collection from a while back. The band was (arguably) the first progressive band from The Netherlands. And while those first two albums are good examples of how creative this band could be, it was their singles that really contain (to my ears) their best work. A single, as opposed to an album track has to be tightly focused–whatever the band wanted to get over to listeners they had to do in about three minutes–as opposed to their albums–where they were free to (and did) indulge their creativity.

The band was formed in the mid 60’s as The Klits (yes that’s what they’re alluding to) as a beat group. But by their first album they had changed their name to Group 1850. The band was a quintet who had a few personnel changes from 1966 to 1971. But their sound–a combination of dream-like psychedelia and rock with a smidgen of pop mixed in for good measure, to a sound bordering on Pink Floyd territory (“Have You Ever Heard”) never really changed. And that’s a good thing. From “Misty Night” (possibly Holland’s first psychedelic record) to “Frozen Mind” (with great fuzz guitar and a personal favorite) to the rare “Didn’t Let It Be (We Have To Do It Now)”, to “Dream Of The Future” (check out the fuzzed-out demo!), to “Sun Is Coming”, these focused slabs of psyche/prog-rock are very well played and make for some exciting listening. Also here are several demos which aren’t just filler. They help paint a more complete picture of this before-their-time band.
The first 12 tracks are in glorious mono with tracks 13-18 in stereo. The last six tracks are a mix of both mono and stereo. Included is a French version of (the slightly twisted) “Mother No-Head” along with an (equally strange) instrumental of the same tune. This disc is packed with music–77+ minutes of great music. On this collection you’ll hear a band that always pushed themselves and their music further and further in a changing, shifting evolution of sound. If you’re a psyche/prog-rock fan don’t let the fact that this band is Dutch fool you. They were every bit as good as other similar bands of the period.

Truth to tell if you didn’t know they were Dutch the thought would never enter your mind. The vocals (which some Dutch bands have trouble with) sound straight out of Britain or the U.S.. Instrumentally they are in the best tradition of guitars/keyboards/bass/drums bands of the era. Their sound was sometimes frenzied and fiery, and other times their vocal harmonies kept things from getting completely out of hand instrumentally. This should be your next purchase if this kind of music is your thing. Be aware that the band’s albums have a slightly different feel and life of their own, with some fans (like me) preferring the more concise (but revved up, twisted) singles, where the band had to focus their sound into short potent slabs of sound. The latest reissue of “Agnemo’s…” duplicates several singles from this collection. But the real power of the band’s singles is best heard on this singles collection.
You might also check out Brainbox, The Outsiders, Cargo, Solution, Finch, and other Dutch bands from this era. All of these groups have had their music compiled into 2 and 3 CD sets from Pseudonym. All of these bands prove that there was a lot more to “Dutch rock” than just Focus or Golden Earring…by..Stuart Jefferson…~

Didn’t take me (all that) long to finally land down a physical copy of this Group 1850 CD, but I was quite happy to get it. Simply, a must-own compilation import disc. Notably, a stellar collection of all the 7" - 45 vinyl singles + some EP cuts as well as a handful of demo tracks that Group 1850 had put out in their initial existence - mastered and mastered onto one disc. I wasn’t aware of it but the Dutch beat / psychedelic band apparently released a stack of such between 1966-71 on the Phillips label. Tunes that very much make this CD a keeper include the catchy “Misty Night”, the should-have-been a international hit “I Want More (Finger Tips)”, “Frozen Mind” (with it’s fantastic tripping guitar), the awesome “We Love Live (Like We Love You)”, the wailing “Little Fly”, their full-blown Dutch psychedelic cut “Don’t Let It Be (We Have To Do It Now)” and both the stereo and mono edits for “1,000 Years Before” and “Dream Of The Future”. Plus, I didn’t mind the three versions of “Mother No-Head” - especially the French one. I check it out and it looks that (most) of these tunes were not on any actual / proper Group 1850 album. Good chance that most of these songs are exclusive to this CD release. Comes with an irreplaceable 18-page CD booklet with a pic of all ten of the band’s 7" singles - with an images of their original 45 cover (nice), must-see band artwork and even a ticket stub from a live gig of theirs. Also available as a limited edition 2-lp vinyl pressing. 100% essential….by… Mike Reed …~

this is yet another great release by the dutch pseudonym label that takes on all the 45s that group 1850 releases in holland in the late 60s and early 70s, honestly these singles sound a lot more sharp then the first 2 blown out albums that sound like piper at the gates of dawn, it sounds like the band obviously recorded a lot of great tight on spot psyche here and you get all the 45 a sides and b sides here, the booklet has an awesome discography of everything you need to know about this band and also included are some awesome photos from some 45 years ago, the remastering is fantastic on this cd so you really get total bang for your buck here, this band was a total psyche band back in the day and did not seem to get much attention outside of holland but in holland group 1850 are considered one of the best psyche bands to ever come out of that country, as i said the sound is cleaned up a bit but still you get a lot of great guitar fuzz and distortion here and almost everything i expected from this release, nothing is as off the wall as the first 2 albums this band did but this singles collection is also totally fantastic as well, i cant reccomend this enough this is awesome trippy music so if that is your thing GET THIS, im glad i did..by..Edward…~
2LP Black 180 grams vinyl, 350 grams carton Gatefold sleeve packed in Japanese plastic bag. Though they were a product of the beat group age, Group 1850 were the Netherlands’ first progressive band - in every sense of that word. Constantly changing, constantly evolving, Group 1850 were musical extremists on a do-or-die mission to explode all expectations. Sparks flew, ideas flared, feedback swirled through misty nights, the dead walked, skeletons danced, flies buzzed, mountains fell, words rained fire from angry purple skies. Group 1850 raised all kinds of Hell. My god, were they good. Although the group made two deservedly revered albums, Agemos Trip to Mother Earth (1968) and Paradise Now (1969), some of their best work can be found on their singles, where their borderline insane hyper-creativity was focused into highly-concentrated, radically potent three-minute songs like Misty Night, Mother No-Head, Zero, We Love Live (Like We Love You), Dont Let It Be (We Have to Do It Now), and the magnificent Have You Ever Heard. The A- and B-sides of all their singles can be found on this 2-LP set in their original mono mixes, mastered from the original tapes. A number of previously unreleased demos are also included. Pressed on 180gm vinyl, Mother No-Head: Their 45s comes packaged in a breathtaking gatefold cover with rare archival photos and liner notes by Ugly Things Mike Stax. …~




Tracklist 
1 Misty Night 3:29 
2 Look Around 2:34 
3 I Want More (Finger Tips) 2:03 
4 I Know (La Pensée) 3:11 
5 Mother No-Head 3:25 
6 Ever Ever Green 3:17 
7 Zero 3:28 
8 Frozen Mind 3:29 
9 We Love Live (Like We Love You) 4:28 
10 Little Fly 4:17 
11 Don’t Let It Be (We Have To Do It Now) 3:13 
12 Sun Is Coming (So We’re Calling You) 3:00 
13 Fire 2:30 
14 Have You Ever Heard 3:34 
15 Mother No-Head - French Version 3:29 
16 Mother No-Head - Instrumental 3:36 
17 1.000 Years Before 2:37 
18 Dream Of The Future 2:33 
19 Sun Is Coming - Demo 3:06 
20 Don’t Let It Be - Demo 3:08 
21 Falling Mountains - Demo 3:34 
22 Liar - Demo 2:31 
23 Dream Of The Future - Demo 2:51 
24 1.000 Years Before - Demo 2:39 

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