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Here In The Golden Rays

Haight Ashbury Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (8 Nov 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cadiz Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B0046Y3UQ2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,061 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Freeman Town 6:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mothers Ruin 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Molitof 3:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sympathetic Strings 3:58£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Preacher 3:34£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Alphalpha 3:29£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Don't Let Your Music Die 7:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Favourite Song 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Million Man March 3:20£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. 3 Little Birds 4:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beauty 6:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. £ Song Suite 6:37£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Its not often you can say a band is unique without seeming deluded or misguided; one listen to Psychedelic/Folk Glaswegians Haight-Ashbury and it's easy to see they really are such a band. Whether it's their haunting twin vocals, unusual live set up or their habit of writing a brilliant baroque pop song and then smashing it to pieces, creating a noise that can change from beautiful to surreal in an instant. Live, they play with no amplifiers but still manage to create a huge sound from just a few instruments, a sound that one music critic described as if the Velvet Underground were the Mama & The Papas backing band...ok, with a bit of Joni Mitchell, Jesus & Mary Chain, CSN&Y and Pentangle thrown in.
Brother and sister Scott(gtrs) and Kirsty( bass/vox)and best friend Jen ( perc/vox) were picked by the legendary Vaselines to join them on their current reunion UK tour, following on from the hugely popular last single Freeman Town with the new single Favourite Song which has already been played hundreds of times on US radio.

BBC Review

The three members of Haight-Ashbury might call Glasgow home, but you’d never know they were Scots based on the West Coast vibes of this debut album, particularly its lead track Freeman Town which sounds like some forgotten acid-kissed classic from the darker side of the flower power era. Both beauteous and beastly, it lingers languorously over six minutes, peaking and dipping and buzzing and moaning, trippily and luxuriously, like a terrestrial audio accompaniment to 2001: A Space Odyssey’s famously what-the-hell-is-this? final chapter.

But while this outfit – Kirsty (bass, vocals), Scott (guitar, sitar) and Jen (drums, vocals) – flaunts obvious connections, and exhibits a substantial debt, to the hazier end of the 1960s, they’re not without contemporary touchstones. The fog they furiously manifest, through drone effects and heavy atmospheres, is a whisper away from a parallel with Black Mountain and Sleepy Sun. And, rather more on-trend, the dual female vocal approach offers a comparison with the super-hyped Warpaint. But while the rapidly rising Los Angeles quartet, whose own debut album preceded this 12-tracker by just two weeks, tap into goth’s 1980s rise as well as rather more hippie-hued tendencies, Haight-Ashbury channel their own dramas through a rock that sits outside of fashion – a fairly ubiquitous rattle and roll that is both this album’s wonderful selling point and its most pertinent weakness.

Familiarity, as the saying goes, breeds contempt – and these songs rarely stray from a template so safe that imitators-in-waiting need only a cursory introduction before beginning their own interpretations. Sure, the formula’s an often thrilling one – the way that Molitof grows in volume and threat, the vocals slipping into the background behind backwards sitar, is most appealing, and the widely playlisted Favourite Song is the sort of sweetly immediate offering that deserves such a title – but it’s still an easily processed approach that soon leads to expectations being barely matched and the tone set by that cracking opener becoming somewhat tired. Much like fellow townsfolk Glasvegas, they’re a pony in need of a handful more tricks.

But for as long as Here in the Golden Rays retains its early charm – and it is a splendid set for the short term – it’s a real pleasure. If the trio take their obvious ability, and their great hooks, into a creative space where more of their own identity is apparent, album two should be an outright triumph.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Folky floaty fabulousness 8 Mar 2011
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I bought this album off the back of BBC Radio 6 Music's playing of the single 'Freeman Town' and wasn't disappointed by the rest of the album. The renaissance of British folk rock seems to be gathering pace, and hopefully Haight Ashbury will be part of it for some time to come. The mix of melodic guitars and the soothing almost haunting female vocal is an effective combination. I can see this being a great soundtrack to the summer type of record.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 60s style magic 28 April 2011
By Parkie
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I took a chance on this album encouraged by a very favourable review - and was well rewarded with it. Steeped in late 60s hippy trippy Californian atmosphere, apart from some giveaway lyrics ("Minimum wage for someone your age")it is more like a lost album from that time rather than a recreation of that feel. The use of a sitar and the guitar technique perfectly capture the mood. There's even a touch of the Velvet Underground, but without the unpleasantness. This album can make any day a lazy, sunny afternoon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bloody brilliant 31 Mar 2011
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My favourite new find in a long long time. Obviously they are fans of Fleetwood Mac but they go much deeper. They have an additional psychedelic multi-coloured flavor and their own rich style with great and compelling songs. It all blends together very well to create something new and engaging. I can't stop playing this! very very recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The sound & spirit of The Haight. 2 Jan 2013
By David Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Haight Ashbury: Here In The Golden Rays
1. Freeman Town
2. Moters Ruin
3. Molitof
4. Sympathic Strings
5. Preacher
6. Alphalpha
7. Don't Let Your Music Die
8. Favourite Song
9. Million Man March
10. 3 Little Birds
11. Beauty
12. £ Song Suite
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