Saturday, November 18, 2006

Ultimate Spinach - Debut - MGM - 1967




hey all :
here is some old bosstown psych for ya :
i really love this record.
transferred from original wax ..

FAVE TRACK : "YOUR HEAD IS REELING" !

enjoy !

aka`


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The first of two classics by Ultimate Spinach was a
different kind of psychedelia ; mixing Baroque music
with sitars, spatial guitars with Theremin, harmonica &
wood flutes within hard rock lines. Some lyrics had a
strong influence of the poetry of Kenneth Patchen and
the philosophies of Jean-Paul Satre. Here truly was a
serious new recording artist, in the middle of a
generation in change, during the year 1968. The Alan
Lorber produced album, "Ultimate Spinach" sold 110,000
albums in the first week, and remained on the Billboard
Top LP charts for 36 consecutive weeks, followed by it's
2nd and last album by Bruce-Douglas, "Behold & See."
The spectacular "Ballad of the Hip Death Goddess" has
been covered many times and is featured in several new
films, including the 2006 Canadian indie "Monkey
Warfare".


Ultimate Spinach was produced by veteran arranger
Alan Lorber, a main architect of the "Bosstown Sound."
In September 1967, he announced a marketing plan in
the top music-trade papers to make Boston, in his own
words (from his liner notes to Big Beat's reissue of
Ultimate Spinach's first album), "a target city for the
development of new artists from one geographical
location." This automatically insured that Lorber and his
groups would be the subject of some derision from the
hip underground, since vital regional music scenes such
as San Francisco psychedelia (which the Bosstown
sound often seemed to be mimicking) have to happen on
their own, rather than be manufactured. MGM was the
label that released most of the Bosstown Sound groups,
and it was through MGM that Lorber arranged to
distribute two of the bands he produced, Orpheus and
Ultimate Spinach.

ULTIMATE SPINACH _ DEBUT _ 256 KBPS - W/ HIGH REZ SCANS - 62.5 mb

1. Ego Trip
2. Sacrifice Of The Moon
3. Plastic Raincoats/Hung Up Minds
4. (Ballad Of) The Hip Death Goddess
5. Your Head Is Reeling
6. Dove In Hawk's Clothing
7. Baroque #1
8. Funny Freak Parade
9. Pamela

download -- here --

20 comments:

master3d said...

AWESOME ALBUM!!!

YOU WOULDN'T HAPPEN TO HAVE THE 2ND ALBUM..."BEHOLD AND SEE".

THE VERSION OF "MIND FLOWERS" IS LONGER THAN THE CD VERSION!

akashaman said...

hey :

nahh , i actually dont , but if i see it , i`ll grab it....!

aka`

SamIam said...

Hiya,

Loved this album for a long time. I was going to post it but my vinyl is in poor shape as I got it used to begin with. I think I have "Behold and See" boxed up somewhere. If you can't find it let me know and I'll see if it's in good enough shape to rip and upload.

Cheers, SamIam

Anonymous said...

been after for years ..thanks

master3d said...

thanks Samiam...i hope its in good shape if Akashaman can't get the lp
version of "Behold and See"

SamIam said...

Ok. Finally got some spare time to upload and the album wasn't as bad as I feared. You can get it here:

http://lix.in/bd9a6b

If you like it visit me at:

http://apoxonrox.blogspot.com/

and leave a comment or look for something else you might like.

Cheers, SamIam

akashaman said...

samiam : thats awefully nice of you to share this with us , many thanks bro :

love your blog , btw !
i linked you up ;

aka`

master3d said...

Thanks Samiam!

You do have a cool site too!

Anonymous said...

It's not 2 but 3 albums made by ULTIMATE SPINACH Before the split of the band. I have all the albums. Very good post for whose who don't know this band. The First Ultimate Spinach posted here is THE BEST. If i find them (I have thousands of CDs and LPs) I will post the three and give you the link.

akashaman said...

they might have made three lp`s , but only 2 are "classics".

aka`

Merryme said...

Do you know where I can get "Behold and See"? The link provided here doesn't appear to work :( I'd love to have this album to 'round out' my collection :)

Anonymous said...

Also looking for the "Behold and See" album. The link posted by samiam does not work. Can anyone direct me to it? thanx...

Anonymous said...

I grew up in Boston, and I remeber them getting some play on the radio. At the time it was pretty cool to have Boston bands on the radio - just like REAL bands. :) At the time, we didn't know about the whole Boss-town scam. It seems like a lot of people don't want to give the bands the respect they deserve as a result.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

I had this one back when! I don't think he was a member when this was recorded but Michael McDonald was a member of the group at one time.
Love this website! Keep it obscure. I haven't heard "driftin" by the Collage in ages!

db said...

great music!
check out
calisoulbrother records
for rare PSYCH, PROG, soul, jazz, funk, brazil & latin records!

Anonymous said...

i only heard hip death goddess b4(a big hit with old skool funk beatniks. i saw a vinyl copy of this at a party and it is a treat now i am older and more psychedelic!

Anonymous said...

Thanx!

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