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Live: May 11 1968 [Import, Live]

H.P. LovecraftAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 30, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Live
  • Label: Diablo Records UK
  • ASIN: B00004SW6H
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,916 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wayfaring Stranger
2. The Drifter
3. It's About Time
4. The White Ship
5. At The Mountains Of Madness
6. The Bag I'm In
7. I've Been Wrong Before
8. Country Boy & Bleeker Street

Editorial Reviews

Blessed with one of the best live recording qualities one can hear from '60s efforts -- especially considering that H.P. Lovecraft was never a major success -- Live May 11, 1968 provides a reasonable alternate way for the curious to find out what the shouting was all about. Split almost evenly between first and second album material, and featuring then-new bassist... More Jeff Boyan (brought in to replace Jerry McGeorge), this release shows that the quintet certainly had something. If there are plenty of moments where the addictive blend of garage jamming and mindblown psychedelia seems on the verge of collapsing into noodling or bad Doors imitations, there's enough of H.P. Lovecraft's own particular approach to justify a listen by anyone into exploratory late-'60s rock. Certainly once or twice the band ends up sounding remarkably prescient -- the opening of "Wayfaring Stranger" calls to mind the blend of propulsion and trance Can would shortly make its own in Germany, with Tegza's tight beats leading the way.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best live groups I ever saw or heard! September 20, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
They were on a Winterland(SF) bill. Everyone had come to hear Donovan(!) who was on a tour with a huge company including his dumpy little dad in robes & flowers. HPL opened. Fortunately the hall wasn't packed & mobbed as it soon got. HPL was just beautiful: melodic, heroic, lyrical, romantic, tough, great keyboards & instrumentals, extraordinary singing. Where did they go??? I for one never ever forgot them.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Far-out, man! May 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The H.P. Lovecraft were one of the truly acid-soaked bands of the late sixties. Not in it to commercially benefit from the popularity of psychedlia at the time, but simply tripping, their way through their music. Luckily H.P. Lovecraft consisted of good diciplined muscians, which prevented their music from turning into complete chaos during live-performances. With this album they proved to be able to recreate their trippy studio-sound on stage. It's great stuff to (if you allow it) be taking on a trip by, though watch out for some dark paths they take here and there. This creepy dark aspect reminds me of the Doors. Fortunately, they have a self-assured, upbeat Santana-like jam-quality, to compensate this. Spicy stuff!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vocal Harmonies Strongest Point February 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I remember this band from the late 60's, and even owned a studio album of theirs. I have not been able to locate a copy of the studio work, so I bought this live recording. I expected it to be a poor substitute for the studio work, but I was wrong. This is a very fine recording. I always liked the predominant vocal component of this band. There are two primary singers, both with strong voices. The harmonies of these voices is what I like about the album the best. If you like music from this time, buy this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once the mix gets straightened out December 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a Fillmore show I believe. The band is announced by Bill Graham, and I don't think he had many shows if any at the Winterland. And once the mix gets straightened out (the problem has been well described by a previous reviewer), it is a wonderful presentation of one of my favorite short-lived bands of the era. Even though the lineup was the HP II, this show occured prior to the recording of that album, and so most of the songs are from HPI. Which is no problem as I think it was the better of the two albums.

It's too bad that they were another band from that time that burned out quickly. Probably as much from their plunging head first into the San Francisco drug scene as from any internal problems. Not unlike another SF band, Moby Grape.

But this is a great disc, wonderful for headphones. And Michael Terzga's drumming is much more evident, and powerful here, than on the albums. And not only due to the mix. Compare them, for instance, with some of the 1967 Airplane live stuff and it will be apparent just how tight a band they were.

Five star memories and overall performance, but an annoying - though not excessively so - mix through the first third.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a happening thing April 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm going to disagree with the foregoing review in but one area - it's a board mix recording, and typical of the Fillmore it took about 2 - 3 songs to get the mix right. This is unfortunate in this case as "Wayfaring Stranger" and "The Drifter" are long, free-flowing jam-fests that would benefit from more even-handed production. The drums and keyboards are WAY up in the mix for these songs (which isn't necessarily a bad thing) and dominate the proceedings until halfway through "The Drifter", when the mix evens out a bit. But this isn't to take anything away from the performances. While the "HPL II" studio album is described in the liner notes for this release and on various web sites as a disappointment, the line-up that appeared at the Fillmore in May '68 (and the same as appeared on "HPL II") is the definitive HPL - great vocals, fine musicianship, fantastic and evocative songs. I'm glad I was growing up in Chicago when they hit the scene - seeing them do songs like these at the local teen clubs was something else. One of the finest documents of '60's psychedelic rock music that exists - and it's live, to boot!.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Lovecraft - 'Live - May 11, 1968' (Sundazed) February 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
About as good as their 'H. P. Lovecraft / II' 2-lp's-on-one CD release (see my review). Very nice live archive performance offering of this short-lived psych band that took place at the Fillmore West. Good sound quality, so I can assume it might've been a soundboard recording. If the crowd sounds a bit thin, it's because H.P. was apparently the opening act and much of the crowd hadn't showed up yet. Tunes I thought the group performed extremely well were the ten-minute opener "Wayfaring Stranger", "The Drifter", the trippin' "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The White Ship". Line-up: George Edwards - guitar & vocals, Dave Michaels - keyboards & vocals, Jeff Boyan - bass and Michael Tegza - drums. Might appeal to fans of The Seeds, 13th Floor Elevators, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and Arthur Brown.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live Vocals? WOW March 25, 2006
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This rare find is a masterpiece. Evidently these guys played the Filmore regularly, recorded a great set, but broke up soon after. The energy is astounding. Vocals are hypnotic, yet powerful. Music is perfectly orchestrated, (not really jammed as you might expect at the Fillmore) edge of your seat executed and clearly recorded. Very live, with no effects (other than the Fillmore's signature reverbratory acoustics. A purist's dream.

What more is there to say./Bob P
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy, trippy, and where it's at.
Great music. By the greatest 60s psychedelic-folk-rock band inspired by a 1930s pulp horror writer that ever was.
A few covers, some original work. Read more
Published 16 months ago by B. Minor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Greatest Live Album Barely Anybody Ever Heard
While HPL's studio creations were good, they just did not scorch and burn like this live show. One big difference is the guitarist. Read more
Published 19 months ago by T. Horsefat
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
H.P. Lovecraft had two albums out around 1967 and 68. These albums were pretty decent slices of San Fransico psychadelia. Read more
Published on July 3, 2009 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer psychedelic intensity
The studio albums are a interesting but tame. THIS, however, will blow your doors off. Thundering organ, wailing vocals, cataclysmic drums... Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by Zebulon Bartels
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable recording from the Fillmore East
This album is one of the best I own in my sixties collection. "Wayfaring Stranger" and "The Drifter" are personally my favorite tracks of the album. Read more
Published on November 10, 1999 by Jean-Sbastien Bdard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Recording of the Group at its best
This is a fantastic album. Lovecraft was one of the best groups ever to play the Fillmore, but for reasons that I never understood, they did not make it nationally. Read more
Published on July 21, 1998
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