Welcome to this bank holiday edition of the Reckless Records blog. It’s a quick one for today so I’ll be concentrating on this wonderful collection of Psych and Prog LPs we got. Including the likes of Juicy Lucy, The Deviants, Andromeda, Caravan, Touch and more.
Let’s get things rolling with this slice of UK Blues Rock history
Bakerloo, Bakerloo, the self-titled and only release from this powerhouse of UK talent. This LP is a UK original pressing on the Harvest label from 1969 with a laminated gate-fold sleeve. This group played a massively influential role in the history of the genre by burgeoning forth the careers of many heavy-hitters that would go on to play with many other bands (Vinegar Joe, Humble Pie, May Blitz, Colosseum) after the group disbanded in the same year of this album’s release. This album is an essential for any collector in this field.
Grapefruit, Around Grapefruit, UK original pressing from 1968 on Stateside/Dunhill/EMI. It features a front laminated flipback sleeve. Grapefruit were named by John Lennon, he chose the name as a tribute to his soon-to-be wife’s book Grapefruit. Although they were heavily guided at the start by Beatles members and peers they weren’t signed to the Apple label but instead released both of their albums on other labels but remained “in” with the ultimate 60s core group of musicians, they didn’t achieve such huge success as others but this album remains a Psych classic.
Arzachel, Arzachel, UK original 1969 release on Evolution Records. Arzachel or Uriel were a group comprising of Steve Hillage, Dave Stewart, Clive Brooks and Mont Campbell. This is the only album recorded under this name by these artists although they used pseudonyms in the writing credits. This album was recorded in a single session with four songs on the A-side and only two on the flip. This is indicative of the heavily psychedelic sound that would dominate the UK music scene at this time.
The Deviants, The Deviants, UK original Transatlantic label pressing from 1969, without booklet, with purple labels. This is the third release from this group who would go on to be hugely influential on the UK music scene, their sound has been described (by Mick Farren) as “teeth-grinding, psychedelic rock.” The Deviants’ sound would go on to inspire other UK bands in the late 70s to produce the Punk and Heavy Metal music that came afterwards. Mick Farren who was the driving force behind the group would keep recoring material under the Deviants umbrella until 2013 when he died. You can still hear the essence of this group’s sound in music today (whilst listening to this track think of Chicks On Speed Mind your Own Business)
Andromeda, Andromeda, a UK original pressing on RCA Victor from 1969 with a front laminate sleeve. Man, I love this album! Started by John Du Cann in 1966 with a very quick line-up change this is the only album recorded under this moniker in 1969. Du Cann went on to join Atomic Rooster in 1970 so no more albums for Andromeda. This is a fine example of some glorious proggy nonsense with long tracks being broken down into movements with subheadings! Gotta love that kinda tripe.
Caravan, Caravan, this is an original UK Stereo pressing on Verve with a front laminate flipback sleeve. Caravan are one of the only bands from this legendary era of UK music to still be recording to this day despite the death of an original member. Having never achieved much commercial success their early albums (such as this one) go for a pretty penny, they’re still widely considered a fundamental part of the Canterbury Scene of the late 60s and early 70s. You can’t get more ‘English” than their particular sound of that era. It’s incredibly whimsical and
Touch, This Is Touch, UK Stereo pressing on Deram from 1969 with a laminated gate-fold sleeve. There is no poster with this copy and it has red/white Deram labels. Again this is the only LP released by this band, they felt that it would be impossible to recreate the sounds they recorded on this album so were unable to promote it in any way. In attendance at the legendary recording of this album were Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix and Grace Slick. None of them can “remember” how some of the sounds were recorded in this pre-synth time hence them not being able to go on to perform anything from this album live. Drugs yo.
Edgar Broughton Band, Wasa Wasa, the debut release from EBB in 1969 pressed on the UK Harvest label, this is the “sold in UK” gate-fold sleeve first pressing. This album features the tracks Evil and Death Of An Electric Citizen which was the first single to be released on the Harvest label. EBB went on to records many other albums released on the Harvest label and even his son, Luke Broughton, later joined the group to form part of the last line-up this band were to ever have. Personally, I’d take Don Van Vleit any day!
Rounding off this Prog/Psych
nightmare edition of the blog is this: Juicy Lucy, Juicy Lucy, a UK Vertigo (large swirl) first pressing from 1969 with the original Vertigo bag. This group are on the heavier side of the UK sound for this time, this album had moderate success after it release in ’69, reaching number 41 in the UK album chart. Their cover of Bo Diddley’s Who Do You Love garnered them commercial success a lot of bands at the time reached for but failed. The album cover cause quite a stir with it featuring a naked woman covered in fruit, bet she was paid a pittance to feature on this now legendary album cover. Still, she seems happy enough, if a little sticky.
Folks! That’s it for this week, I hope you’ve enjoyed the progpsychbluesrock special this week. Come by the shop to have a look at this wall of goodies in all their glory before they get snapped up by the myriad of collectors that flow through our doors each and every day. These titles aren’t going to last long.
As always, a playlist of all the tracks featured on this week’s blog can be found here.
I’m still deep in my Prince wallow so have failed to keep it together enough to write about him this week, maybe next week?