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An Electric Storm [VINYL] Import
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It's a very unique album that often falters at the songwriting, but the main attraction is the soundscape that has been created in exceptional circumstances. Each track took an eternity to create, and in the end they had so little material for an album that they recorded one track ('An Electric Storm in Hell') live with a drummer.
The first side (of the original vinyl version) is an eye opener for sure! It covers a wide variety of moods, subjects and styles. The second side is the real gem here though...
'The Visitation' is a track about a road accident that leads to an out of body experience. It's one of the most fightening tracks that you can ever listen to, coming second only to 'A Black Mass in Hell' which follows it. Someone that I worked with a few years back told a story of when him and his friends used to take large quantities of LSD and one by one sit in his wardrobe with the stereo speakers playing 'The Visitation' and 'A Black Mass in Hell' at full volume. He said that very few of them got to the end before bursting out of the wardrobe screaming...
This really is a must for anyone that is interested in the roots of electronica though.
On the one hand, it's possible to hear kinship with Joe Meek's 1960 LP "I Hear A New World" and 50's musique concrete, but also to hear prototypes of some of the more electronic bands of the 70's and 80's, such as Can and Amon Duul II and even, suprisingly, a little 90's dance stuff.
And of course, when this record was made in 1968, the experimental mind-set of psychedelia was still exerting an obvious if waning, influence.
A strong album generally, but the best (and trippiest) tracks are The Visitation and the last track, An Electric Storm In Hell. Both very Pink Floyd influenced and using a multitude of primtive elecectronic effects. Here Come The Fleas is possibly the weakest track on the CD, but even that ain't bad once you get past it's novelty comedy value.
A unique & unclassifiable record, then. If you consider yourself to be a bit of a fan of electronica, then this CD is a must. And I'll bet my left leg that it's already beeen sampled to hell by those with only a tiny fraction of the imagination & technique.
And to think it was all done with the aid of nasty, old-fashioned tape, physically edited, processed, filtered and with not a piece of digital gear or editing software in sight...
RIP, Delia Derbyshire. A true pioneer.
Like the wonderful Silver Apples, The White Noise fused psychedelic elements with experimental electronic music- some of this may sound dated (like Joe Meek, like Silver Apples, like the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, like United States of America), but it's always interesting. An album as odd as this you would be hard pressed to find - it certainly predicts such avant-delights as Throbbing Gristle, Psychic TV & AR Kane, sometimes drifting across several genres...
'My Game of Loving' sounds like you imagined The Beach Boys' 'Smile' would, drifting off into a series of orgasmic moans amid drum clatter. It's probably worth buying for this alone- the snoring at the end and sampling would be picked up on by Pink Floyd for the silly 'Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast.'Here Come the Fleas' is a comic-slice of pop-oddness, an electronic pop-advance on Van Dyke Parks' 'Song Cycle' and a cacophony of looped-voices colliding...
Delia Derbyshire co-writes two tracks here, the opening 'Love Without Sound' & the fantastic 'Firebird' - the latter sounding not unlike Syd Barrett with strange-futuristic music, which like Silver Apples' 'Program' sounds like a dial of a radio being turned randomly (a history of popular music lurking in the background of a pop song?).Read more ›
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Hi just to say this is not for the faint hearted or those looking for pop music.. this is boarder line to Black Mass Satanic Rites
It's full of Electronic Synthesizer... Read more
Bought as gift for bro in laws Birthday. Very pleased with the CD.Published 8 months ago by adrianne
A real education for me for this style of music. I always assumed it was a very modern style. These guys were real pioneers. Read morePublished 9 months ago by If I was a tree
I remember this album back in the days of my mis-spent youth. I bought it to bring back great memories and it sure did.Published 15 months ago by David F.
Good quality sound.I have been looking for this album for years. Nice to get hold of. Replaces the vinyl I used to have.Published 22 months ago by zeebo
I first heard this back in the late sixties, when it was unlike anything I had ever heard. One of the collaborators in it's making was working at the time for the BBC in the... Read morePublished on 25 Sept. 2013 by Nick Bell
Bought this as am a fan of the late delia derbyshire (Did THE definitive D Who theme). This album may be difficult listening for some but persist and you will not only a very good... Read morePublished on 21 Sept. 2013 by RJ
I first heard the track 'Love Without Sound' from this album on a compilation of psychedelic music mixed by The Amorphous Androgynous. Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2012 by The Intergalactic Orangutan