Red cherry (label)
November 26, 2021 (published)
Originally a surf group called the Sanctions, they added a keyboard player and were renamed Jim & The Lords. Then came Dave Hassinger – a sound engineer who had worked on the Stones’ “Aftermath” album – and the Electric Prunes were born.
This six-CD set contains the band’s two original albums as well as the two albums recorded by famous composer David Axelrod which featured the band’s name but added Axelrod’s musicians due to the complexity of the music. Disc 5 includes 45 mixes, rare tracks and extended versions and disc 6 is a live recording from Stockholm in 1967.
CD1 contains the group’s self-titled debut album and includes their two most famous singles “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) and“ Get Me To The World On Time. ”However, the album also includes tracks such as ‘A Quarter To Nine’ – twee and sweet and influenced by the English pop groups of the time. Most of the tracks were written by Annette Tucker and Nancie Mantz and clearly show the pop trends, but both hit singles are exquisite examples of the psychedelic garage music produced around this time.Rough, loose and with a massive beat courtesy of Mark Tulin (bass) & ‘Quint’ Weasley on drums.
The second album ‘Underground’ is much more of an album by the band itself and experimentation and creativity are at the forefront. The opening track “The Great Banana Hoax” is a pointer to where the band wanted to go with the first samples and “noises” on a number that fits into a huge fuzzy guitar solo. “Dr Do-Good” is an outstanding number – described as “more of a horror movie than a pop hit”. Throughout the album you can hear the band developing ideas and trying to broaden their musical horizons. It’s a much more satisfying album, even though it’s less commercial than the first one – as a psychedelic statement it works on a number of levels.
CD3 & CD4 are the two albums recorded with David Axelrod ‘Mass IN F Minor’ and ‘Release Of An Oath’. The opening track for ‘Mass…’, ‘Kyrie Eleison’, was featured in the movie ‘Easy Rider’ and, while a band member featured on each track, Axelrod brought in his own staff to manage the parts. the most complex. They are much more than almost religious tracks and ‘Mass In F Minor’ stands out as a great album of the time.
As always with these sets, you have plenty of alternatives, including mono versions, and the live set is a delight. There is a beautiful booklet included.
If you like early psychedelic pop, this is a great package, definitely worth exploring.