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  • Audio CD (July 2, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 1967
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B000068ZWX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Golden Earrings
2. Hang On To A Dream
3. Never Too Far
4. Scarlet Ribbons
5. You Upset The Grace Of Living
6. Can You Travel In The Dark Alone
7. Nature Boy
8. Tiffany Rings
9. Me About You
10. I Watch The Moon

Editorial Reviews

One of the rarest major-label psych recordings of the '60s, on CD for the first time in the U.S.! Released by Capitol in late '67, this dreamy set of songs (from Tim Hardin's Never Too Far to their own I Watch the Moon ) casts a spell with Hammond organ, fuzz guitar, vibraphone and electric sitar. Original copies of this ultra-rarity go for upwards of $250!

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Pete Sando, guitarist, main vocalist and leader, is very, very talented.
Marcos Henrique
It is pretty mellow with a lot of organ for the most part, though "Never Too Far" is a nice blast of fuzzy-guitar psych.
Usuallee
Unfortunately this album isn't one of those that I reach for first and can listen too over and over.
Gombie

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jack B. Nimble on April 23, 2006
Format: Audio CD
GANDALF is possibly the rarest album on the Capitol label and sought after in any condition by record collectors. Originally released in 1968, reissued by Capitol on vinyl in the 90's, but they never issued it on CD (why not?). The British See For Miles label reissued it first on CD and now this Sundazed release. As with all Sundazed reissues the sound quality is excellent (considering source tapes), remastered by master reissue guru/producer Bob Irwin. This is a wonderful album, not overproduced, but with a dreamy, laid back vibe and a velvet landscape with a feminine essence that's hard to describe. If you've done hallucinogenics then you know what I'm talking about. The vocals are one of the highlights. Very soft and articulate vocals drenched in reverb and sometimes echo out, but with a tone that reminds me of SRC (Scott Richardson Case). What's with William the Hobbit below who said "it sounds like one of The Bee Gees, you can't make out what the singer is saying and non-melodic"?? This review is totally incorrect! Anyway, the standout tracks are: Golden Earring, Hang On To A Dream, Can You Travel In The Dark Alone, Nature Boy and Watch The Moon. Give Tiffany Rings a good listen too, a nice little dreamy psych pop tune. There is some decent Hammond B3 work and Peter Sando's guitar work has it moments also with some nice fuzz and power chords that gives GANDALF a heavy psych sound at times. There are over a dozen psychedelic gems on the Capitol label that were never reissued by Capitol on CD and GANDALF is one of the top 5 of them. However, Capitol did reissue Quicksilver Mess. Serv., Mad River's Paradise Bar & Grill and People I Love You. This Sundazed reissue is the next best thing along with the Capitol vinyl reissue if you cannot find or afford a vg+ or near mint original which can fetch anywhere from $250 to $600 dollars on auctions and private lists. Relax and let the music flow through you with or without any altered stimulation of the senses. Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stephen F Mulcahy on January 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
this is one of the great lost psychedelic one offs of the late 60's. most tunes are coversd, including stellar sixties versions of songs originally done by people like harry belafonte and bing crosby! also includes three songs written by the great tim hardin. some fine guitar work, vocals, and organ displayed here. the highlight is the original song " can you travel in the dark alone": great melody and words. this song has a middle eastern flavor that works perfectly. another fine tune is the original "i watch the moon" . this album is ,if anything, too brief. it clocks in at about 31 minutes. it is strange that a band with such talent didn't stick around, one would have loved to have seen what else this group could've come up with. since we'll probably never know, i suggest you pick this up if you enjoy lite( for the most part) and tasteful but not wimpy psych.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcos Henrique on July 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Usually, I don't like records with lots of covers, but this one is a brilliant exception. They remodeled songs of Harry Belafonte(!) and Tim Hardin with mastery ("You Upset The Grace of Living" is stunning). And the two self-penned songs are absolutely mind-blowing: the onyrical "Can You Travel In The Dark Alone" and the hypnotic "I Watch The Moon". Pete Sando, guitarist, main vocalist and leader, is very, very talented. Where are you now, Pete?
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph L. Kolb on August 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
this isn't a bad early psych release at all. if you like early psych groups like h.p. lovecraft, then you'll probably like this. there are too many cover tunes for my taste, but i like tim hardin's stuff, and gandalf does a good job with them. i have no idea what the previous reviewer is talking about not hearing the lyrics. i've heard this cd in my car and home, and can hear all the lyrics fine. listen to the samplings of the songs. if you like what you hear, then you probably will go for the full cd. there are lots of used copies to get if you are interested.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Usuallee on April 18, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Many obscure albums are obscure for a reason and never come close to living up to the underground hype. Happily, that is not the case with this album. This is a very well done album. It is nicely composed and arranged, and performed, with nice singing. It is pretty mellow with a lot of organ for the most part, though "Never Too Far" is a nice blast of fuzzy-guitar psych. The album has a better than average stereo sound for the era. The "trippy" studio effects are used tastefully and contribute to a pleasantly hazy, dreamlike vibe. I think it's one of the best obscure albums of the era. Highly recommended for psych, baroque pop, and 60's fans.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By D. Hartley on August 8, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Is it just coincidence that this obscure late 60's psych band's catalog is being reissued on CD at the same point in time that the "Lord Of The Rings" film trilogy is ramped up and fresh in everyone's mind? Oh, perhaps.(Maybe we'll finally get that Wizzard box set!) Cynicism aside, fans of the sitar and the lava lamp will probably get a kick out of Gandalf's debut, nicely packaged and remastered by the collector-friendly Sundazed label. The arrangements are (of course) a tad "dated" and chock full of the requisite cosmic peace love and acid lyrics, but it should please collectors of the genre. The band's sound falls somewhere between "A Question Of Balance" era Moody Blues and say, oh, early Bubble Puppy, with maybe a dash of the Association here and there. Not essential, but quite listenable.
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