Two Classic Albums from HP Lovecraft: H.P. Lovecraft/ H.P. Lovecraft II
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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.
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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As a 60's hippie, one of the originals, and as a musician/composer, these two classics are truly representative of the era. Read morePublished 10 months ago by SunWizard
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 21 months ago by Brent Kincaid
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
Chicago based psychedelic rock band. What can I say about there albums , but most of this stuff is groovy. Read morePublished on December 26, 2010 by ScottE
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
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 morePublished on February 10, 2010 by Jon Norstog
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 morePublished on June 9, 2009