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VINE VOICEon 24 January 2008
Don't let the cover kid you into thinking this is an Arthur Brown type album because it's not. As the name and face paint suggests, Velvet Fogg don't take themselves too seriously, but they're good nonetheless. The caliber of musicianship is high, the song-writing is more than competant and despite the fact that they can be a bit silly (just look at the title of the first song) they never push it too far and become annoying. Well worth a purchase if you like the rough edge, guitar-based end of 60s psych.
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on 30 July 2009
Fantastic album from a forgotten band.
Great example of British Psych music,
with tracks like, 'Yellow Cave Woman'
'Once Among The Trees, and 'Within' The Night'
both hypnotic and compelling.
Evevry collector of this genre,
should have this album.
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on 8 January 2006
Another pretty good band who never made it. Late 60s psych - not too 'eavy, but a nice slightly doomy atmosphere. Lots of Hammond and sme nice guitar parts. Yellow Cave Woman is the most typical of this. New York Mining Disaster sounds just like Vanilla Fudge - normall a pretty bad thing but this song suits it. Wizard of Gobsolod is very silly, but enjoyable. Telstar 69 is very pointless indeed. Great cover art though!!!
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on 2 September 2008
This must be one of the most hideous album sleeves of all time, the females being its only slightly saving grace, and in the year of its' original release of 1969, they had just started having 'Page 3's' in The Sun; so the 'psychedelically painted bare breasts' probably sold more copies than the music! Never attractive in the LP stands of the day, (camp looking blokes wearing lipstick and a cowboy hat, a feather boa and in underpants wouldn't even tempt a female to buy it, never mind a bloke), and time hasn't altered that opinion, either.
Yes, they managed to get a record deal, which back then was far more difficult than it is today, but in this case it must have been more the fault of a misguided Pye Records A & R man, as the music, like the cover, also hasn't stood the test of time. Regarded as 'progressive rock,' the band were from the Birmingham area and enjoyed one live gig with Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi as their guitarist, who then left to join Ozzy and the lads.
Not even the 'Bonus Track' of 'Telstar '69' helps drag this album from the mire, nor John Peel's sleeve notes. No doubt, like so many albums, it was deleted, and in the days of vinyl they stayed that way. The advent of the compact disc saw everything, including the all-too-cliched kitchen sink, unearthed from the vaults, remixed, any old B-sides or odd tracks added, and re-released. So it's good news for the 35 people who bought the original, as they can buy it all over again for the Bonus Track. As Sod's Law dictates, though, those original vinyl copies still change hands for 'silly money' prices, and will continue doing so despite the CD, as 'owning the original LP' is the bragging factor and a record collector's ace card. But if you're happy with the CD version and like a bit or 'retro-psychedelia,' then this one will be a good buy.
And now it's good buy from me, and good buy from him!
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