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1968

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This revelatory anthology of electric-folk/garage-psych alchemists Marvin Gardens easily warrants oft-overused terms like "lost gem," and "buried treasure." Comprised of never-before-heard Warner Bros. audition demos, an extremely rare, self-released, seven-inch EP (only 100 were pressed), and an inspired live performance from the legendary Matrix club in San Francisco, 1968 captures virtually all recorded evidence of a dynamic and mesmerizing band that existed for only a couple years at the tail end of the 60s. By the end of 1967, the major San Francisco rock bands - Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Quicksilver Messenger Service - had all been signed to major labels and a "second wave" of bands were bubbling up in the clubs and ballrooms around the Bay Area. Marvin Gardens was one of those scrappy newcomers; in fact all but one of the members grew up in the city. The influence of those local bands and the legacy of the eclectic music scene are audible here - strands of molten Quicksilver, the Dead's cosmic blues, Big Brother's grand gestures and the city's open-hearted folkie past. But they also had a youthful, gritty garage-rock stance, a gently ironic wink, and a humble sincerity to their sound that their forebears had moved away from. Also heard are glorious shadings of the Velvet Underground (early and later era), The Charlatans, and the Lovin' Spoonful - all in all, a very natural amalgam of 1960s earth-wind-and-fire sonic sensibilities. But the feather in their cap was lead singer Carol Duke. She was a wisecracking lesbian from Lubbock, Texas, with a deep knowledge of folk music, the vocal power and conviction of Grace Slick and Janis Joplin, and a spine-tingling pop-melodic purity that rivaled Mama Cass and Carole King. She had a large repertoire of material, including songs by Buffy Saint Marie, Bob Dylan, Lead Belly, Hoagy Carmichael, and countless pre-war blues, country, and folk numbers. The band jumped right into these tunes - often without ever hearing the originals - and intuitively crafted sonically adventurous and emotionally compelling versions that completely stand on their own. You can hear that vital creative spark on both the studio tracks and the marvelously vivid live material herein. As of 2015, Marvin Gardens was just a hazy memory, but thanks to some die-hard fans, archivists, and true believers, one of the coolest bands you've never heard of is finally getting its debut. High Moon Records has created the ultimate document of a group that should have been a bigger deal and still very much deserves to be heard. - Remastered from the original source tapes by multi-Grammy nominee Dan Hersch. - Liner notes include an insightful essay by Ugly Things' writer Mike Stax, reflections from band members and associates, and many archival photos. - CD has 19 tracks and is packaged in a deluxe custom Digipak with a full-color, 32-page booklet. - LP has 14 tracks and is pressed on high-quality RTI vinyl with a 24-page. magazine-sized booklet and download card for five exclusive bonus tracks. - Digital download includes 19 tracks and a full-color PDF of the booklet. - Original cover and back art by legendary underground cartoonist Larry Welz.

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Had the Charlatans been joined by Country Joe's keyboard player and fronted by an earthy female singer, they might've sounded like Marvin Gardens... --Mike Stax, Ugly Things Magazine

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Product details

  • Vinyl (November 11, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: High Moon Records
  • ASIN: B01LX5U3ZA
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,539 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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