Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders - `68 - Elektra Records

OK kids , here is some tasty vintage psych ! sure doesnt get much more "far out" than this one my good friends. a bit left of center for my taste , but super cool none the less ! This is one is hard to come by as well these days .... grab it while its hot !

In the mid- to late '60s you couldn't get much further underground in the ever-expanding world of rock music than the Fugs -- unless of course you were one of the Holy Modal Rounders, i.e. folk musicians Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber. The Rounders started out in the same early-'60s New York folk and jug scene as Ed Sanders and Tuli Kupferberg, and had crossed paths numerous times. Stampfel and Weber will be eternally remembered for "Bird Song," which was prominently featured in both the movie Easy Rider and its soundtrack. It's also the opening cut on The Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders, an album way beyond anything else considered to be "far out" at the time. Released in 1968 on Elektra, the 13 tracks are highlighted by such otherworldly compositions as "Werewolf," "My Mind Capsized," "The STP Song," and "Half a Mind." Unabashed in its own eccentricity, this set is similar to their 1967 ESP release Indian War Whoop in that it combines acoustic traditional American folk, blues, and hillbilly music regurgitated by crazed folkie acidheads experimenting with electric instruments. Following the disc's release, Stampfel said this album reflected producer Frazier Mohawk's musical taste more so than the band's. The Modal duo are assisted, in this case, by playwright Sam Shepard on tambourine, Richard Tyler on piano, and John Wesley Annis on bass and drums. As good luck would have it, the Water label unleashed this CD on the public for the first time in 2002 with two previously unreleased bonus tracks. Absolutely essential.

The Moray Eels Eat the Holy Modal Rounders - `68 - Elektra Records
MP3 @320 kbps , w/ high rez sacns -- ALL TRAX FROM WAX !

1. One Will Do for Now
2. Take-off Artist Song
3. Werewolf
4. Interlude
5. Dame Fortune
6. Mobile Line
7. The Duji Song
8. My Mind Capsized
9. Interlude 2
10. Half a Mind
11. The Pledge



Anonymous said...

Hi Akashaman
Having just got through your door, I find this, wow. First download down.
Thanks for this. Once upon a time and even today all things Fug and Rounder is right up my street.
The great Sam Shepherd on this and the towering figure of Michael Hurley there in the background too.
I spoke to Michael a year or so back when he played to a little room of people near Perth and learned a little of Portland. When he played what little hair I have left, stood on end.

roldo said...

And a sincere Thank You from me. This may not be the craziest (in the best sense of the word)album I've ever heard but it does have its own way of being one of 'em.

Lucija said...

I'm always more into left things, so thanks for sharing this one, really amazing site as well ;)

Anonymous said...

Thank you kindly for this. I have been looking for quite some time.

Anonymous said...

Thanks much for this obscure gem!

Warren Grubb said...

Wow! I found this album in my friend's father's collection (he was a DJ in the 70s and had thousands of records) and fell in love with it. That was probably 1989 and one of the first things I did when getting a CD burner was make a copy from the record but I have never had a pristine copy. Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

thank you! (:

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