Monday, 5 February 2018

THE ORKUSTRA - ADVENTURES IN EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRIC ORCHESTRA FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO PSYCHEDELIC UNDERGROUND






















Mexican Summer 2009

01 Flash Gordon
02 Bombay Calling
03 Punjab's Barber
04 Gypsy Odyssey (Performed Live At St. John's Church Christmas Eve, 1966)
05 Bouzouki Blues Experiment
06 Hungarian Stomp
07 Flash Gordon (A Practice Session)
08 Freeform Improvisation (While Watching An Experimental Underground Film)
09 Flute Player Audition (Practice Jam Session)
10 Dancing In The Park
11 Gypsy Odyssey (Practice Session)

The story of Bobby Beausoleil is well documented, but if you don't know...

Bobby traveled East at an early age and arrived in San Francisco in 1966. Here, he joined The Orkustra; a multi ethnic, psychedelic group with a range of styles and instruments. World music before the term.

Bobby Beausoleil provided guitar for this group and they played around San Francisco on the underground circuit. They played events, happenings and even soundtracked movies live.

They never entered a studio and this set represents all available recordings.

Red Lounge Records tried to compile an album in 2006 called 'Light Shows For The Blind'. It was a fine set and a great attempt at trying to 'make' an album for the band. All recordings from that record appear here, although if there is enough interest, I'll post 'Light Shows For The Blind' too.

There is some truly revolutionary stuff here, lots of improvisation and it's great psych.

This was only the first movement of Beausoleil's musical career, view the other posts from this month to find out more.

BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL & THE FREEDOM ORCHESTRA - LUCIFER RISING






















Magick Theatre Productions 1980 / White Dog Music 2005

01 Movement the First
02 Movement the Second
03 Movement the Third
04 Movement the Fourth
05 Movement the Fifth
06 Movement the Sixth


After the Orkustra, Bobby Beausoleil began playing live with a new ensemble; Bobby Beausoeil & The Magick Powerhouse of OZ. It was during this time he was approached by L.A. film maker Kenneth Anger. Anger wanted Beausoleil to appear in his upcoming film, 'Lucifer Rising'.

The casting idea soon waned, but Beausoleil stayed on to complete a soundtrack for the film.

This idea was scuppered however, when Beausoleil became involved with Charles Manson and the Family.

Beausoleil was jailed in 1970 for the murder of Gary Hinman. The death was an order from Manson and the details are a little murky. Beausoleil is still incarcerated in a California prison.

Kenneth Anger began looking for another artist to complete his soundtrack. You can read how he got on here.

Beausoleil contacted Anger from prison. He expressed his desire to finish the soundtrack, writing, rehearsing and recording it from jail.

Initially, he had parts of electronic instruments mailed to him and he constructed these in his cell. Soon, he had enough material and a willing band of inmates to help him record the music from inside.

This music is deep, dark psych. Not only one of my favorite soundtracks, but one of my favorite pieces of music. Instrumental, doomy and fantastic.

The first release was on Magick Theatre Productions in 1980, limited to 1000 copies. The version presented here is on White Dog Music from 2005. A 2 disc version was released in 2004, the second disc containing rarities that can be found on both The Orkustra compilations and on the 4 disc 'Lucifer Rising Suite' on the Anja Offensive label. If there is interest in seeing that box set on this blog, please say so in the comments.

Enjoy.






JIMMY PAGE - LUCIFER RISING





















1972

01. Lucifer Rising


With Bobby Beausoleil now in jail (and potentially facing a death sentence) Kenneth Anger approached Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page for a new soundtrack.

Page delivered music just short of the films running time, the pair had an argument and fell out and the soundtrack remained unreleased.

It eventually saw the light of day in 2012 on Page's 'Lucifer Rising (And Other Sound Tracks)'.

This version is the bootleg I had originally, with artwork by Lord Cornelius Plum.

Monday, 15 January 2018

LOVE LIVE LIFE +1 - LOVE WILL MAKE A BETTER YOU






















King Records 1971

01 The Question Mark
02 Runnin' Free
03 Love Will Make A Better You
04 Shadows Of The Mind
05 Facts About It All


This Japanese 'super session' style album was orchestrated by Ikuzo Orita. Guitar freak hero Kimio Mizutani has a role on this, as does pop vocalist Akira Fuse.

Eighteen minutes of "The Question Mark" take up the whole of side one. It's a marvellous avant freak out while the second side has burning solos, acid funk and a James Brown sound, albeit Japanese and heavily psychedelic.

BLUE PHANTOM - DISTORTIONS



Spider Records 1971

01 Diodo
02 Metamorphosis
03 Microchaos
04 Compression
05 Equilibrium
06 Dipnoi
07 Distillation
08 Violence
09 Equivalence
10 Psycho-Nebulous


Originally issued in 1971, this Italian library record was used for Jess Franco's film 'Countess Perverse'.

Psychedelic Euro fuzz library music.















French cover art.















Italian cover art.

VERVE - VOYAGER 1





















Jolly Roger Recordings 1993

01 Slide Away
02 Gravity Grave
03 One Way To Go
04 South Pacific
05 Already There
06 She's A Superstar

Between 1992 and 1994, Verve were releasing some of the finest psych in the UK.

This live release from 1993 was for the American market. 1000 copies were pressed onto transparent blue vinyl, but 300 of these were destroyed in transit making this extremely rare.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

VARIOUS ARTISTS - WINTER 2017






















01 Thorsten Schmidt - Hereford Wakes Main Title
02 Filthy Huns - Fake Ass Muthas
03 The Free Spirits - Sunday Telephone
04 Professor & Roots Radics - Combination
05 Phoenician Drive - Fat Bill
06 Egisto Macchi - Un Cadavere Sotto La Neve
07 Gene Clark - Back Street Mirror
08 The Mamas & The Papas - Somebody Groovy
09 The Heartwood Institute - Witchdrone
10 Broadcast - Valerie
11 Aphex Twin - Xtal
12 Sibylle Baier - Driving
13 Daphne Oram - Four Aspects

Winter comp. Hope you can keep warm and enjoy.