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Touch Import

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1. We Feel Fine
2. Friendly Birds
3. Miss Teach
4. The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer
5. Down At Circes Place
6. Alesha & Others
7. Seventy Five
8. We Finally Met Today (Unreleased Single 1968) (Bonus Track)
9. Alesha & Others (Live Studio Demo 1968) (Bonus Track)
10. Blue Feeling
11. The Spiritual Death Of Howard Greer (Live Studio Demo 1968)
12. The Second Coming Of Suzanne (Film Music 1973) (Bonus Track)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eclectic Discs
  • ASIN: B0001ACKNY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Robert L. Wehrle on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is it folks. If you ever wondered where Progressive Rock come from, look no further. This record is a wonder of arrangement, songwriting, playing and production. And it was made in 1968! Almost every single prog rock group of the late 60's and 70's owes all their royalties to this one record. From Yes, Genesis, Queen, Rush and everyone in between, this is where they got their ideas. If you are a fan of this genre in the least, you must purchase this record ASAP. No one is paying me to say this. I once heard that Jimi Hendrix rented studio time next these guys just to hear them record the album. Among the players/writers are Dan Galluci who I believe played keyboards on the seminal "Louie Louie" or at least produced it. This album is, as my generation says "Bad-A$$." The only people I have ever seen have this record is my Dad and his friend. We are truly lucky that it is available on CD.

The aural wonders these young men pulled out of contemporary equipment of the late 60's is astonishing. From the opening "acid" rock mega blow-out "We Feel Fine" to the "Tomorrow Never Knows" inspired "Down at Circes Place" to the closing epic "75" it will melt your mind. This album makes anything Yes did sound like the Patridge Family. It's a shame this record is not in every one's top 10 list. As far as I can tell it went largely unoticed when it debuted. Hopefully now this can be rectified. It may not be for everyone but if you are a prog rock fan, you have to, have to, have to, have to buy this...you won't be sorry. Prepare to be blown away. I promise the hype is justified.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By P. Helsel on January 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's about time! I've been waiting 35 years for this. With bonus cuts to boot. Throw Vanilla Fudge, Pink Floyd, & Nektar together & it's still not even close. My buddy & I each picked up a copy at a teen club headshop sound unheard because the cover looked so cool. Way, way back in the late 60's. We were still in high school & it was all about the music, not the lifestyle. Not yet anyway. I wore mine out within 6 months & I've been watching ever since. The song Seventy-five has one of the sweetest, most lyrical & expressive guitar solos I've ever heard. I'm a guitar player so I was always partial to passages that set me on fire &/or adrift. Every week I'd call the Kinetic Playground (Chicago's Fillmore where I saw Tull & Zeppelin open for Vanilla Fudge $5.00)asking if Touch was on the schedule yet. The booker said he was getting alot of calls but couldn't even find out if Touch was a touring entity. He thought maybe they were just a studio act. Oh, but the magic they put down in the studio. My historical record collection is now complete with this final jewel in my crown. Right along side Led Zeppelin I, Dark Side of the Moon, Remember the Future (Nektar), Lou Reed's Rock & Roll Animal, & the 1st Vanilla Fudge album, Touch is home where it belongs. Rock, jazz, louds, softs, real, cosmic, thinking, feeling...check it out. It's unlikely you've ever heard anything quite so settling or unsettling.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ellafan on September 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album back when it came out in the late 60's.It was the album of choice for ....well... quiet introspection...and it is finally out on CD.We never tired of hearing cuts 5,6,and 7.The doctored sound on these cuts especially are well worth the price of the CD..This was big stuff back in the 60's,and these guys blew everyone out of the water when the album came out.It hasn't lost it's charm for me,even after all these years.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By D. Carley on November 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Luckily I was able to find a copy of this album (an import) back in the 70's sometime. A great record! I had heard it first from a friend from Oklahoma who had the album. Who would have thought you could hear this stuff in Oklahoma! I always thought that Touch sounded like what King Crimson would have sounded like if they had moved to Los Angeles before In The Court of the Crimson King. This album came out first and I can hear many sounds that are similar to later released albums. Definitely this is an influence on:

King Crimson-both sides of In the Court (and In The Wake of..,I believe) start with a loud fast song and the second track is a quiet more acoustic song. Same as the Touch album.

Alice Cooper-listen to The Spiritual Death of Howard Greer, then listen to songs on Love It To Death and Killer. Note the similarities, with that organ and guitar sound.

EL&P-the 2 quiet tracks on Touch-Friendly Birds and Alesha and Others, have nice piano melodies very much like what Keith Emerson did on the first EL&P album.

Yes-all through the Touch album hear the vocals that are similar to John Anderson's (high pitched and multi-tracked) on the early Yes albums. The music on We Feel Fine and especially Seventy Five sounds like it could be Yes.

More groups probably copped the Touch sound but I can't think of any more at the moment.

The bonus tracks on this re-issue are good:2 demos, a single and 2 extended jams, one from 1973, many years after the album released. It sounds like they were having fun in the studio. The booklet has much info about the band and the album, and a reproduction of the lyrics and the poster that came with the original album.

Get it.
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