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Behold & See

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Big Beat Records
  • ASIN: B0000004EP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,005 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Behold & See, the second release from Ultimate Spinach is so much better than their debut release. The music, lyrics and concept are steeped in 1968 psychedelia. [NOTE: Buy the Irismusicgroup CD as it is taken from the original release. It sounds like it was mastered from a tape source (minor hiss) but contains two mono bonus tracks. The Big Beat CD is digitally remastered by Alan Lorber but contains edited versions, a revised track listing and completely removes the 'Visions of Your Reality' track.] If it were only for the song 'Mind Flowers' it would be worth the price of the CD. This track is 10 minutes of quintessential trip music-a disembodied narrative being echoplexed, duelling lead guitars both in freakout mode, tape manipulations and lyrics like "You see 1000 poppies as tomorrow's gods!" What is not to like?? 'Jazz Thing" and 'Genesis of Beauty' showcase the jazzier side of this band. I bought this LP in 1968 and it's still one of my favorites of that era. If you want to explore Ultimate Spinach at it's finest this is the CD to own. It's dated for sure but it's the real deal.
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Behold & See was universally panned by critics, Particilarly slammed by Rolling Stone as an East Coast sell out attempt by Lorber to cash in on the West coast Hippie Psychedelic Movement.
My guess is that there may very well have been some regional protectionist view that only the Haight-Ashbury scene could produce Valid Psychedelia.
Or maybe... that their success was featured in an article in the "Wall Street Journal".
And in an era of complete rejection of anything Capitalist in nature, would lend itself to Rolling Stones Counter culture credibility.
Never mind the fact that hippie bands / artists were making millions....and given a free pass by the counter culture press.
Sound vaguely familiar...???
Where we listening to the same thing??
This release measures up to anything coming from the coast, as a matter of fact. I would stack this along with Chicago born "H.P. Lovecraft" as contenders in any comparison with The California sound.
The mature musical content, from the complex jazz arrangements to instrumentation.
Not just looping leslie amps with farfisa organs....
Granted, the lyrics at times seem a bit overwrought, but no more than any other of the (mind altering drug of choice) influenced lyrics from the Psychedelic scene.
Hence the term Psychedelic? Maybe..? Ya think..?
I personally Love this Album (yes I know CD) but I grew up listening to this era's music in that rich analog sound.
If you can find this release (in any format), and you appreciate the Psychedelic period.
Snatch it up And "Behold & See"....It's wonderful
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I bought this album 30 years ago from the Columbia Record Club, mainly because I'd seen and heard of the name for years and was curious. However, back then, I don't remember playing it much because of the first song on each side. The songs themselves weren't bad, but I didn't like the female vocalist. Her voice is very powerful and midrange, but so powerful it's grating and harsh. I seem to remember putting on the first side, hearing that voice and taking it off, flipping it over, and getting the same thing, so I shelved it.

Fast forward to September 2008. I burned it to CD and despite not remembering playing it that much, there were enough scratches on it to show that apparently, I did play it some.

As I listened to it, a few of the tracks gave me flashbacks of familiarity. All that being said, I've looked at it with different eyes, and these are my impressions.

I like the first song on each side, though I don't like the female vocalist. It is funny that each side starts with her singing, and investigation revealed that this woman was a guest musician and not even the original singer from the first album. It became painfully obvious when I heard the rest of the tracks which were sung by Ian Bruce-Douglas, who has a pleasant voice that reminds me of someone else, but can't quite remember who. Anyway... the female harmony vocals are completely different from the harsh midrange of the guest singer, so I think those harmony vocals were probably done by the original female singer. I think the band was in deep turmoil during the recording of this album and as it turns out, they broke up just as it was released.

The music is excellent and I'd have to say it has been undeservedly shoved to obscurity.
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Hi, I don't have this album by itself, I have this album from the Ultimate Spinach Box Set which includes not just this album but the other 2 as well. However, this is the track listing which I assume is the same from the box set I have.

Behold & See:

1. Glided Lamp of The Sosmos 3:04

2. Visions of Your Reality 5:50

3. Jazz Thing 6:40

4. Mind Flowers 9:38

5. Where You're At 3:12

6. Suite: Genesis of Bauty (in four parts) 9:45

7. Fifth Horseman of The Apocalypse 5:58

8. Fragmentary March of Green 3:38

Amazing Psychedelic Rock, I highly recommend for any psychedelic fan!
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