’60s UK freakbeat legends The Factory get a new legit re-release of their complete available recordings and Guerssen is the proud new home for them. A real cult freakbeat & psychedelic group, well-known for such all-time favorite classics as “Path Through The Forest” and “Try A Little Sunshine,” Factory released only a couple of 45s (both of them obscenely hard to find and going for heaps of money when rarely showing up). Here we get the 4 tracks which appearing on the 45s, plus a couple of tracks taken from acetates (killer covers of Family’s “Second Generation Woman” and Fairport Convention’s “Mr. Lacey”), as well as a new mix of “Path Through The Forest” that includes the original psychedelic effects that were supposed to make it on the original release but were dropped out by the MGM label supervisor. Remastered sound (only beware: “Second Generation Woman” comes from a destroyed acetate!) and with liner notes by Factory’s producer Brian Carroll.
Originally issued as a 12″ mini-album in 1986, Tyrnaround’s Colour Your Mind has become a touchstone of 1980s neo-psychedelia and almost certainly one of the best records of the second psychedelic era. Influenced by classic ’60s British psychedelia, it was also inspired by The Dukes of Stratosphear’s “25-O-Clock” and perhaps exceeds that record’s trip factor with the acid-infused title track — featured on Amorphous Androgynous Wizards of Oz compilation, and also famously covered by Vibravoid — blending searing acid fuzz guitar, swirling keyboards, surreal lyrics, and sumptuous early Floyd-like harmonies. Now expanded to a full-length LP, including all the bands singles as well as the rare Freakbeat Magazine 45 “Paragon-Smythe” (featuring the never released before unedited version), this could be seen as Tyrnaround’s perfect debut album. Trippy ’60s-styled psychedelia from Australia. Comes in ’60s UK styled backflaps sleeve; includes insert with unseen photos and a full history of the band by Richard Allen (Freakbeat, Delerium, Shindig!); Includes download card which includes rare demo and live tracks.
2019 repress. Debut double album by musician/sci-fi writer Julian Jay Savarin. Originally released on Miki Dallon’s Youngblood label in 1970, this has been a classic since the early days of record-collecting. Hammond-dominated, spacey, psychedelic prog-rock with long tracks, cool female vocals and a cosmic, sci-fi concept/vibe. This reissue features the original gatefold sleeve, master tape sound on 180 gram vinyl, and detailed liner notes by Andy Morten (Shindig! Magazine). Essential to anyone into early UK prog-rock.
2019 repress. Here’s the second Julian Jay Savarin album, released in 1971 on the short-lived Birth label (a Youngblood imprint). Another stunning prog-rock masterpiece (based on the Savarin-authored sci-fi novel of the same name), still Hammond and keyboard/Mellotron-dominated but with a more hard-rock approach, featuring plenty of killer guitar riffs, powerful but melodic vocals courtesy of Lady Jo Meek (sister of Catapilla’s vocalist Anna Meek) and a solid, groovy rhythm section. A legendary album lovingly reissued featuring original artwork, master tape sound, 180 gram vinyl and detailed liner notes by Andy Morten (Shindig! Magazine).
2019 repress … First-ever vinyl reissue of this UK 1971 album, originally released on the Youngblood label. Based on The Ten Commandments, though not proven to be Christian rock itself, the album is a nice progressive pop-rock disc showing the influence of Deep Purple and The Moody Blues, with a good dose of organ, guitar and brass. Fantastic, limited reissue in a four-way foldout poster-type picture cover, housed in a deluxe PVC outer sleeve. 180 gram vinyl, newly-remastered sound from master tapes, including an insert with liner notes by Andy Morten.
2019 repress forthcoming… Heavy organ and guitar doom hard rock recorded in London in 1971 by the members of cult hard-rockers Zior. A must for fans of early Black Sabbath or Leafhound. High quality carton cover, pressed on 180 gram vinyl. Mastertape sound quality. Includes an insert with extensive liner notes by Andy Morten.
Guerssen Records present a reissue of Miguel Abuelo & Nada, originally released in 1975. A stunning blend of psychedelia, hard-rock, and prog-folk courtesy of Miguel Ángel Peralta, aka Miguel Abuelo, the legendary Argentinean rock pioneer. Recorded and released only in France in 1975, featuring some top Argentinean musicians such as killer guitar player Daniel Sbarra. Miguel Abuelo was a musician, poet and singer from Buenos Aires, Argentine. During the ’60s, he was the leader of early psychedelic band Los Abuelos de la Nada, who released a highly sought-after 45 in 1968. In the early ’70s, Miguel, a free spirit who left Argentina for Europe and ended up busking in Paris. There, he formed a band called Nada featuring guitar player Daniel Sbarra and other expat Argentinean musicians. Supported by their producer, Moshé Naïm, who was fascinated with Miguel’s personality and voice, they registered in France their only album, recorded circa 1973 but actually released in 1975 on Moshé’s own label, just when the band had decided to part ways. Housed in a beautiful gatefold cover depicting Miguel in full hippie-fashion along with his little child Gato Azul, Miguel Abuelo & Nada is simply one of the best Argentinean rock albums ever recorded. Cleary influenced by bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, and the like, Miguel and Daniel managed to create a very unique sound, powerful yet delicate, highlighted by Miguel’s heartfelt vocals (sometimes treated as just another instrument), outstanding guitar playing by Daniel (listen to him doing one of the early known examples of proto-metal tapping on “Tirando Piedras Al Río”), well-crafted songs and deep, poetic lyrics. The album was recorded at a state-of-the-art studio located in the countryside and was carefully produced: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, flute, keyboards (including Moog), cello, violin. Sadly, the release date kept getting delayed, the band had to go on tour without the album in the street and when it was finally released, Miguel and Daniel had decided to take separate ways. During the ’80s, Miguel obtained mainstream success in Argentine until his death in 1988. Miguel Abuelo & Nada is now widely regarded worldwide as a legendary, cult album. Master tape sound. Original artwork in gatefold sleeve; includes insert with lyrics, rare photos, and liner notes by Daniel Sbarra.
The New Tweedy Brothers’ sole record starts out strong. “Somebody’s Peepin'” sounds like a more pop-savvy Charlatans, and “I Can See It” is somewhat reminiscent of Surrealistic Pillow-era Jefferson Airplane with its major minor harmonies and alternately liquid-clean and distorted guitar lines. Which makes the rest of the album’s humdrum material — largely mediocre good-time blues-rock, or goofy psychedelia that’s not very funny or well-written — quite a letdown, and considerably dampens expectations of finding a lost gem.