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Live - May 11, 1968 [Live]

H. P. Lovecraft Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Diablo
  • ASIN: B00004SW6H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP lovecraft live may 1968 2 Jan 2009
By tony777
Format:Audio CD
HP Lovecraft produced two superb psychedelic rock albums in 1967-68 and are well known to psych fans.If like myself you wondered how they sounded live then i can recommend this album and is well worth buying.the sound quality is good and the group produce a great performance of material mainly drawm from their first album.The organ playing is superb and they create a real psychedelic experience combined with acid rock guitar playing.the dual vocals are also impressive.The album is around 45 mins long and some of the tracks are extended versions compared to the studio tracks.My only complaint is the album is not longer
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best live groups I ever saw or heard! 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
They were on a Winterland(SF) bill. Everyone had come to hear Donovan(!) who was on a tour with a huge company including his dumpy little dad in robes & flowers. HPL opened. Fortunately the hall wasn't packed & mobbed as it soon got. HPL was just beautiful: melodic, heroic, lyrical, romantic, tough, great keyboards & instrumentals, extraordinary singing. Where did they go??? I for one never ever forgot them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far-out, man! 21 May 2001
By Socrates - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The H.P. Lovecraft were one of the truly acid-soaked bands of the late sixties. Not in it to commercially benefit from the popularity of psychedlia at the time, but simply tripping, their way through their music. Luckily H.P. Lovecraft consisted of good diciplined muscians, which prevented their music from turning into complete chaos during live-performances. With this album they proved to be able to recreate their trippy studio-sound on stage. It's great stuff to (if you allow it) be taking on a trip by, though watch out for some dark paths they take here and there. This creepy dark aspect reminds me of the Doors. Fortunately, they have a self-assured, upbeat Santana-like jam-quality, to compensate this. Spicy stuff!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocal Harmonies Strongest Point 15 Feb 2000
By James W Byron - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I remember this band from the late 60's, and even owned a studio album of theirs. I have not been able to locate a copy of the studio work, so I bought this live recording. I expected it to be a poor substitute for the studio work, but I was wrong. This is a very fine recording. I always liked the predominant vocal component of this band. There are two primary singers, both with strong voices. The harmonies of these voices is what I like about the album the best. If you like music from this time, buy this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Once the mix gets straightened out 24 Dec 2005
By Donald Negri - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a Fillmore show I believe. The band is announced by Bill Graham, and I don't think he had many shows if any at the Winterland. And once the mix gets straightened out (the problem has been well described by a previous reviewer), it is a wonderful presentation of one of my favorite short-lived bands of the era. Even though the lineup was the HP II, this show occured prior to the recording of that album, and so most of the songs are from HPI. Which is no problem as I think it was the better of the two albums.

It's too bad that they were another band from that time that burned out quickly. Probably as much from their plunging head first into the San Francisco drug scene as from any internal problems. Not unlike another SF band, Moby Grape.

But this is a great disc, wonderful for headphones. And Michael Terzga's drumming is much more evident, and powerful here, than on the albums. And not only due to the mix. Compare them, for instance, with some of the 1967 Airplane live stuff and it will be apparent just how tight a band they were.

Five star memories and overall performance, but an annoying - though not excessively so - mix through the first third.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a happening thing 14 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to disagree with the foregoing review in but one area - it's a board mix recording, and typical of the Fillmore it took about 2 - 3 songs to get the mix right. This is unfortunate in this case as "Wayfaring Stranger" and "The Drifter" are long, free-flowing jam-fests that would benefit from more even-handed production. The drums and keyboards are WAY up in the mix for these songs (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and dominate the proceedings until halfway through "The Drifter", when the mix evens out a bit. But this isn't to take anything away from the performances. While the "HPL II" studio album is described in the liner notes for this release and on various web sites as a disappointment, the line-up that appeared at the Fillmore in May '68 (and the same as appeared on "HPL II") is the definitive HPL - great vocals, fine musicianship, fantastic and evocative songs. I'm glad I was growing up in Chicago when they hit the scene - seeing them do songs like these at the local teen clubs was something else. One of the finest documents of '60's psychedelic rock music that exists - and it's live, to boot!.
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