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on 22 December 2009
Originally released in 1968, this was the British psychedelic band's only record. That's too bad because I believe these players would've definitely had more to say. I've heard a bit about this lesser-known group but this was my first listen to the CD reissue. Very nice. Tracks that stand on their own are "Dandelion Seeds", the catchy "Jolly Mary", the tripping "Way", the awesome "Crying Is For Writers" and both versions of "Mr. Clown". Personnel: Tom Newman - vocals, Tony Duhig (Jade Warrior) - guitar, John Field (also, later in Jade Warrior) - flute & keyboard, Allan James - bass and Chris Jackson - drums. Should appeal to fans of Pretty Things, early Who, La De Da's, the Creation and the Action. A good find.
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on 5 September 2011
Most so called British psychedelic classics often turn out to be damp squibs when you finally get to hear them......yes, I am talking about you, Open Mind, Skip Bifferty, Blossom Toes et al.

This one thankfully, bar one or two weak songs, is great. Really excellent players, a few eastern tinges, some good grooves and the silliness (Jolly Mary) kept to a minimum.
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on 12 January 2009
Thoroughly recommended to all collectors of Brit Psyche. July have been likened to early Pink Floyd. If you like distorted guitars and vocals this should appeal. As you would expect from this era sitars, mellotrons and phasing feature. Don't expect deep and meaningful lyrics as things edge rather towards the whimsical. Could have been made in no other year but 1967. Only a couple of tracks disappoint.
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on 24 February 2014
I compared this pressing to an original on major minor and whilst not shocking, it's lacks the volume and the clarity of the original. Sadly the original is well out of the price range for most but it begs the question, Why can't reissue labels do it properly? Maybe the masters are just not available but digital rips (as i suspect this is) are just not doing it justice.
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on 28 October 2014
I love July's brand of dark-edged psychedelic pop. The Beatles and Pink Floyd are an obvious influence, but the album is closer in spirit to Jimi Hendrix. Standout songs are the garage-rocking single 'My Clown', the trippy 'Dandelion Seeds' and my personal favourite 'Crying is for Writers'.
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on 21 March 2011
I do like these "long lost" albums.

July certainly rate in this area and the album is loaded with catchy, sometimes crazy tunes and arrangements.
-what more could you want?

Do buy if you love whimsical, mad music from the late 60s.
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on 30 August 2011
July is a hidden gem there are better but if you like late 60's sounds then give them a go,
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