Prog-psych/acid-folk lost classic from 1969 by this short-lived London trio. Now lovingly reissued on vinyl with fantastic remastered sound and including insert with rare photos/memorabilia and detailed liner notes by Steve Krakow, aka Plastic Crimewave.
Named after a Cannonball Adderley track, Synanthesia formed thanks to a Melody Maker ad placed in 1968 by guitarist/vibes/vocalist Dennis Homes, answered by Jim Fraser (who played sax, oboe, and flute) and Leslie Cook (an Incredible String Band fan on bongos, violin and mandolin). With their particular blend of folk, jazz, and psychedelia, the trio played all the key underground venues and clubs, sometimes alongside top acts like Floyd, King Crimson, or Fairport Convention.
Their sole album was recorded at Sounds Technique studio in Chelsea (which was where Pink Floyd were recording their albums at the time) and subsequently released by RCA. The cover featured the trio climbing onto a tree at the same park where the Beatles filmed their "Strawberry Field" promo film. Despite the good reviews and the support of DJs like John Peel, the album was considered too far out and psychedelic and eventually flopped, only to be re-discovered several decades later by acid-folk fans and collectors.
Original artwork in hard cardboard sleeve + OBI; insert with liner notes by Plastic Crimewave and rare photos/memorabilia. RIYL: Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, Comus, Heron, King Crimson, Subway...
..a gentle treat for anyone interested in the obscurer realms of late-'60s U.K. folk and its descendants.
A cool and unique album whose cover accurately promises strange fruits of the earth
- Vinyl LP
- Newly Remastered
- Insert with Rare Photos/Memorabilia & Detailed Liner Notes by Steve Krakow
- Original Artwork
- Hard Cardboard Sleeve
- OBI Strip
- RIYL: Incredible String Band, Syd Barrett, Comus, Heron, King Crimson, Subway
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