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Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera Extra tracks, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B0000085V6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. Robertson VINE VOICE on 30 Jun. 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that will apeal to lovers of 60s pop/rock,particularly those of a psych persuasion,here are some of the highlights:the album opens with the 60 second "intro" which melts into "Mother Writes"which is a lively piece of fuzzed up 60s pop,"Mary jane"is a wonderful piece of uk pop/psych with its piano and fuzzy guitar in the background with a mellow floaty chorus of Mary Jane,"Walter Sly Meets Bill Bailey"is a rather rough sounding instrumental with booming bass and fuzzy guitar to the fore,but slightly ruined by it's middle section,"Air"is a piece of raga rock with the lovely sitar accompanied by a bass line,rather languid and great for sitting on you paisley patterned bean bag,"Flames"was the single taken from this album(the sigle version is included as a bonus)it's a real lively piece of 60s pop/rock,with a catchy chorus,this also features some wigged out guitar playing,"Whats The Point In Leaving"is a class piece of UK pop/psych with the mellotron lovingly taking control of proceedings,very Beatlesque actually,"Long Nights Of Summer"is just beautiful again awash with floaty mellotron,and a rather cstchy guitar line,one of the best tracks on the album,"Dream Starts"is a strange number with its backward taped effects beginning and heavily treated vocals,a weird piece of UK psych,"Reactions Of A Young Man"is another tasty treat with rather tasty accoustic guitar lines and again the track is awash with mellotron,and very effective vocal parts that are laced with yummy sitar,a lovely piece of pop/psych,"Now Shes Gone"ends the actual album,the mellotron once again takes precedent over proceedings with a touch of flanging effect thrown into the mix,i must add that the vocals are spotless throughout this album!Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Watts on 23 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Wow, what an album. This is another (almost) lost sixties treasure. What is most resonant is the amount of variety on the album, and yet it still all works as a complete whole. You get the opening Hendrix influenced 'Intro/ Mother Wtites', the catchy pop psyche of 'Mary Jane', jazz-blues with a humouros cover of 'I was Cool', a superb instrumental in 'Walter Sly', hippy rock with 'Air' and mod with the motown sounding 'Looking For A Happy Life'.

Next up is the albums highlight 'Flames', which has to be one of the decades best singles. Featuring an incredible bubbling bass line, crunchy guitars and awesome lead (and harmony) vocals, this track is worth the price of admission alone.
Things cool down with the next track, the Beatles influenced and mellotron drenched ' What's The Point of Leaving'. There's more mllotron and lovely minor chords on 'Long Nights Of Summer' before the three psychedelic tracks that closed the original album. Featuring many of the era's sonic tricks (phased instrumentation, backwards tapes, distorted vocals, tempo changes) the original album ends just as strongly as it started.

In addition this CD features all the bands' mono singles from the time ('Mary Jane' is especially different from the album version), so this set is definitely good value for money. This album would be reccomended to fans of mid-late sixties psychedelic/ beat music, and would probably appeal to fans of early progressive rock too. Enjoy!!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By a reviewer on 8 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Elmer gantry's velvet opera - difficult to compartmentalise, but for me this is definitely NOT psychedelia, having instead elements of the hippy, poppy, rock, and occasional, very mild psyche-like leanings.

`Intro' -introduces, then blends into, rather than melts into, the next track - `mother writes' - a poppy 60's number with a tiny hint of fuzz. `Mary Jane' is next - a slightly knees-up, or pub-type poppy number, light breezy & cheerful, with a pleasant piano accompanying. `I was cool', is a somewhat bluesy number, slightly tongue-in-cheek perhaps, with rough vocals - well, a man crying hoarsely into the mike - overdone. Walter Sly is next; an instrumental of little psychedelic importance for the most part, with some incoherent vocal murmuring in the background in the middle of the tune, which, I feel, breaks up an otherwise lacklustre track. `Air' is a paisley inducing item, with a very Eastern feel to the music with the inclusion of the ever lovely sitar - think of the track `Utterly Simple' by traffic (their `Mr Fantasy' album), and you are there. A mellow track worthy of any hippy compilation! `Looking for A Happy Life' is a cheerful, perhaps saccharine, number, which also would not be out of place in a pub - the best part is the ending - not that that's a terribly good thing to say about a track! `Flames' is a bubbly rock track, with an almost Mod-like rhythm, which seems to want to dip a toe into psychedelia, though never actually does, unlike the following offering (one of the highlights) `What's The Point Of Leaving'. A softly sung, Beatlesque offering that almost seems out of place here! `Long Nights Of Summer' is less of the hippy, and more of the commercial pop - nice though, with background orchestration effect and mellotron use.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Ferris on 30 Aug. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Elmer Gantry's velvet opera is one of the iconic records from the flower power era. A truly great record that has to be listened to.
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