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Two Classic Albums from HP Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft/ H.P. Lovecraft II

H.P. LovecraftAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 12, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00004X0AZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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1. Wayfaring Stranger
2. Let's Get Together
3. I've Been Wrong Before
4. The Drifter
5. That's the Bag I'm In
6. The White Ship
7. Country Boy & Bleeker Street
8. The Time Machine
9. That's How Much I Love You, Baby (More Or Less)
10. Gloria Patria
11. Spin, Spin, Spin
12. It's About Time
13. Blue Jack Of Diamonds
14. Electrollentando
15. At the Mountains Of Madness
16. Mobius Trip
17. High Flying Bird
18. Nothing's Boy
19. Keeper Of the Keys
20. Anyway That You Want Me
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Both long-out-of print studio albums from one of the best psychedelic bands of the '60's. This reissue features their first two albums for Phillips, complete with original artwork, extra liner notes and two bonus tracks, 'Anyway That You Want Me', & 'It's

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good psychedelic rock March 28, 2001
Format:Audio CD
these 2 albums aren't perfect, or even truly great- but there is a lot of very good music on this disc. some of the greatest harmony singing of the era can be heard here, especially on tracks such as the white ship, their fine version of high flying bird (also done by the airplane and the boston group ill wind, among others) and spin, spin, spin. most of the songs on the first album are covers of the likes of dino valente, randy newman, and fred neil (to name the best known writers) ,and largely in a folk rock style. swirling organ and fine drumming ( especially on the 2nd lp's songs called at the mountains of madness and keeper of the keys) are probably the most notable features of the band instrumentally speaking. this outfit had connections with the shadows of knight, they originated in chicago, but are often thought of as a san francisco band, as they later moved there. the 2nd album is more overtly psychedelic, and i disagree with Richie Unterberger, the writer of the liner notes- i think that , overall, the 2nd album, is somewhat better than the eponymous debut-though i do agree that the white ship is the greatest thing this bunch ever recorded. it's a wonderful track that will, in places, remind listeners of such bands as the jefferson airplane ( who hp lovecraft are probably most like), it's a beautiful day, the doors, and early pink floyd. another stellar cut is the trippy and addictive at the mountains of madness with superb vocals from the talented pair of vocalists that the band was blessed with. allegedly, this 2nd album was the first one where everyone involved was on acid- its quite different from the debut's more restrained, sometimes conventional but quite good folk rock with mere dashes of psychedelia. Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Lovecraft/H.P. Lovecraft II H.P. Lovecraft November 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
It's about time! Sure there was a psuedo official release by some import label a couple of years ago, but the sound quality was suspect at best. (some of the songs were remastered from acetates) Edsel, the fine U.K. label, did release H.P.Lovecraft/H.P. Lovecraft II back in the late 80's, but I believe it has been long since deleted.
O.K. you psychedelic fans out there, if you don't own either of these records, you can now own both of H.P. Lovecraft's releases from 1967 and 1968 respectively! Wonderful vocal harmonies combine with very original arrangements which make this "two-fer" disc a must own! The first LP features the very haunting "White Ship" and the equally dreamy "I've Been Wrong Before." The first release features a more prominent folk influence along with the "psych" flourishes. HP Lovecraft II is more explicitly trippy with songs like "Electrollentando" and "At the Mountains of Madness," but the splended duel lead vocals of George Edwards and David Michaels is still a very prominent feature.
The sound quality of this Collector's Choice release is fantastic and it contains exellent liner notes by Richie Unterberger. If you can imagine "Surrealistic Pillow" period Jefferson Airplane combined with "Saucerful of Secrets" era Pink Floyd, with a folk twist, you can get a general "touchstone" for these two albums. That said, H.P. Lovecraft sadly fell through most rock fans "musical cracks" back in 1967 and 1968. Do your self a huge favor, if you like great first generation psychedelic music, get this CD and pay tribute to a horribly overlooked and underrated band.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly frozen in time December 27, 2000
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Although others cite "Forever Changes" by LOVE as the quintessential psychedelic album, these two offerings by HP Lovecraft are in many ways better. The music is more carefully crafted, and the singing is as good as you will get from this era. In any event, LOVE was an LA band, while HP was San Francisco, and those two scenes were indeed different.
HP Lovecraft gives a nice picture of the San Francisco scene in the late 1960s, despite the fact that they had been transplanted to the area from Chicago. The group had an ex-folkie, George Edwards, as did Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, and Country Joe and the Fish. Listen to "Wayfaring Stranger" and you will understand that psychedelic music had its roots in folk. San Francisco, a hotbed of folk music in the early 1960s, was an obvious place for it to happen. The hippie part of the picture is provided by the surrealistic lyrics of "The White Ship" and "At the Mountains of Madness," while "Electrollentando" and "Moebius Trip" are dreamy flights of drug fantasy. The rather silly "Time Machine" recalls San Francisco's fascination with the victorian and post-victorian eras. But most importantly, the albums, taken together, show the ecclecticism of the era. HP Lovecraft never found a single sound (perhaps part of their demise), but preferred to advance several sounds.
The style of play also recalls San Francisco in 1968. The organ often sounds as if it were stolen from Country Joe's band, the harmonies of Edwards and David Michaels, if flatter, could easily be the Airplane (who, in turn, stole their harmonies from the USF folk group We Five), and the guitar would be at home in the Quicksilver Messenger Service.
It is irredeemably sixties, but it is done by some good musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A page from my long ago past.
A friend turned me on to this group and I have been singing a couple of songs (High Flying Bird, Nothing Man) to name two, ever since.
Published 6 months ago by Brent Kincaid
5.0 out of 5 stars H.P. Lovecraft
A marvelous collection! The music of H.P. Lovecraft is timeless, unbounded, and eternally fresh! This double album is a must-have for every music lover.
Published on April 25, 2012 by Francis J.D. Hyland
4.0 out of 5 stars First album rules, second album flounders.
Chicago based psychedelic rock band. What can I say about there albums , but most of this stuff is groovy. Read more
Published on December 26, 2010 by ScottE
4.0 out of 5 stars Hey Man
Far out. I can really dig this, man. It's like so trippy and really beautiful. It's not exactly my bag, but I can really dig it. Hope you like it man, peace.
Published on June 23, 2010 by D. Howard
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I remembered
H.P. Lovecraft was one of the bands that got a lot of FM play in San Francisco in the late late '60s. I remember being enchanted by "the White Ship" ... Read more
Published on February 10, 2010 by Jon Norstog
2.0 out of 5 stars East Coast & the 60s
Aside from White Ships and C'mon People now, a bore. A really big time bore! had to listen to about 300 hours of Quicksilver, Love and even the Chambers Brothers to get the grunge... Read more
Published on June 9, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
They dont sound much like Jefferson airplane to me. They sound unique even when they are doing cover songs. I think they are almost as good at cover songs as Vanilla Fudge. Read more
Published on January 24, 2008 by Steven L. Carroll
5.0 out of 5 stars Instantly transported back to 1967
I liked the first album from the first time I heard "The White Ship in August of 1967 at Basic Enlisted Submarine School in Groton, CT. Read more
Published on September 10, 2007 by John K. Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars "WHITE SHIP" Alone Worth The Purchase
HP LOVECRAFT named after the classic neo-gothic writer, was comprised of a central quintet George Edwards, Dave Michaels and Tony Cavallari. Read more
Published on October 2, 2006 by JE Farrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Second album is the best!!!!
Hey I am a 60's boomer but somehow never heard H.P. Lovecraft's second album until now!!! 2006! Bummer! I say "bummer" because I missed out on this music for 30+ years! Read more
Published on April 28, 2006 by S. Bruce
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