Sunday, January 8, 2012

The Fruits De Mer / Regal Crabomophone 2012 Annual 2011 (reviewed on TimeMazine #6)

The Fruits De Mer / Regal Crabomophone 2012 Annual
2011 (2x7” FdM/RC)

This aphrodisiac delicious vinyl label in order to celebrate a prosperous 2011 and to put us in a more hopeful 2012, releases this special double 7” single. This year (2011) Keith & Andy launched a sister label in order to be able to release exceptional classic covers, original material too. So, this is a combined (check the title) Annual with 7 songs in total (4 for the FdM and 3 for the RG) On to the music now, with the FdM tracks coming first. “Destruction” is the theme from a US 60s teen exploitation film (“Just for the Hell of it”), covered here by a fantasy pop-psych band called Langor, in a beautiful up-tempo guitar driven way. Next is The Bordellos’ version of “I’m a Man” in a primitive raw Rock n’ Roll version that brings to mind The Misunderstood. “In The Court of Conscience”, is an unreleased track from the folk artist Beau, who released a couple of wonderful acid-folk albums back in 70-71. US one-man-band Jay Tausig recreates a typical Jethro Tull atmosphere that makes us wonder if this is a cover version or a lost ORIGINAL one by Ian and his gang, the track is “Thick as a Brick”. Now to the Regal Crabomophone tracks. We first noticed the Finnish Permanent Clear Light through the 2 Fdm comps “A Phase We’re Going Through” and “A Phase we’ve Been Through” and last years’ annual double 7” single, “25 German Boy Scouts” is a 7:35 pop-psych tune with lots of 60s influences (Tim Buckley, Syd Barrett) and a melodic psychedelic feel. Forget the psych-acid-punkers Vibravoid we all knew. “All Stars Are Asleep” is a cosmic space vibra-phonic trip to the infinite universe! Glorious! Finally, there’s “Volcano” by Red Electra ’69, a deep-into-70s frenzied heavy rocker! Limited to 400 copies, scheduled for mid-December, for a bargain at 8 pounds, magnificently superb! TimeLord Michalis

you can't get it from here (sold-out):http://www.fruitsdemerrecords.com/annual2012.html

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