on 26 June 2007
Art evolved out of the VIPs and they became Spooky Tooth after the addition of Gary Wright. This album captures them on the crest of a wave - they have moved on from basic beat and blues to embrace psychedelia. The album is a great mix of out and out psych weirdness ( "I think I am going weird" ), to bluesy rock ( "Come on Up" ) and the absolute psych classic "Supernatural Fairy Tales" with its phasing and driving guitars and beat. I can't think of too many UK albums from this time that equal this release for quality and listenability. It has good production too so the songs have retained their power. Highly recommended
on 28 December 2011
An obscure beat group from Carlisle, VIPs, recorded few undistinguished 45s for "Island" before mutating into short-lived "Art", which recorded only one album for the same label. But that album was produced by Guy Stevens (Procol Harum, Mott the Hoople, Who, Small Faces, Rolling Stones, and, finally and later - "London Calling" of Clash).
A very decent album, quite unusual early British psychedelia, rough sometimes, but talented and inventive, and with good assortment of melodies on offer. Do you want to know "What's That Sound"? It's not only an interesting cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth", it's the sound of future unborn yet Hot Chocolate. The title track is heavy and hard edged psychedelia. "Come On Up", "Brothers, Dads and Mothers" - classic combination of hard-rock and prog. "Flying Anchors" - acoustic, trippy and meditative.
All in all, "Art" was very promissing early prog/psych outfit - which lived to high expectations, because the same year (1967) when their debut album was released, they passed away - and resurrected. As Spooky Tooth this time.
The album is a must for every fan of Spooky Tooth and early British prog/psych
on 13 December 2014
An Incredible Album. In the sixties I brought a sampler album called You Can All Join In (Island Record Label) one track What's That Sound by Art, later to become Spooky Tooth and Sunshine Help Me by spooky Tooth. Have always loved them both. Decided to buy this cd, was Not at all disappointed with this buy, my only criticism seller said codition new, my Idea of new is in a sealed wrapping, this one was not sealed but on checking it it looked perfect. Would highly recommend cd AND seller that is why I rated it Five Star.