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Dreams in the Witch House: The Complete Philips Recordings Import, Original recording remastered

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Repressing. Digitally remastered collection from the legendary Chicago Psychedelic band containing their entire recorded output on one CD. 23 tracks including previously uncompiled alternate single versions of 'The White Ship' and 'Keeper of the Keys'. Rev-Ola.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Wayfaring Stranger
  2. Let’S Get Together
  3. I’Ve Been Wrong Before
  4. Drifter
  5. That’S The Bag I’M In
  6. White Ship
  7. Country Boy & Bleeker Street
  8. 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
  21. It’S All Over For You
  22. White Ship (Single Edit)
  23. Keeper Of The Keys (Single Mix)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rev-Ola [Cherry Red]
  • ASIN: B0006U8DR6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,259 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Allan K. Betz on October 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first H.P. Lovecraft album is one of the great unrecognized recordings of the era. It has almost as much imagination and variety as "Rubber Soul" or "Revolver". It was well recorded and well performed. Unfortunately the remastering from REVOLA does not do it justice. It is muddy and unbalanced. The high end is shrill and some parts almost disapear. H.P. LovecraftII is not as strong.
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This Rev-Ola, H.P Lovecraft "Dreams in the witch house" The Complete Philips Recordings album
is a fascinating look into what seems a totally different world, but I could definitely conjure a
very potent "mind-picture" from listening to this album!

Standout tracks for me are: "The white Ship", (Both versions) the rather bizarre
version "Lets Get Together", "Electrollentando". "Mobius Trip", "High Flying Bird",
"keeper Of The Keys".(Both versions)

A previous reviewer expresses some dissapointment about this music being
"Dated", but nearly all the music from this period, and that includes other
countries, has a dated quality, but some albums/music do transcend this, and
I would say that I was "Blown Away" by the emotional quality, and haunting/enigmatic
nature of the sounds on offer here!

So, I would say this is one of the best compilation albums of original era psychedelia
I've yet encountered, GIVE IT A GO!
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H.P. Hovercraft were a one of a kind band. There were many great bands from the psychedelic era but few equaled them. When they were a performing act a band I was in had to follow them on the bill at a festival & when we heard them we thought "oh crap, how the hell are we going to follow these guys"! I had trouble finding a copy of the 1st album but a friend who worked at a radio station found me a copy as well as the Any Way That You Want Me single. It became one of my most listens to album of the time & I would go see them live whenever the were around. When the second album was released I likewise had a problem finding a copy, but Tower was able to order me one. I think a lack of distribution hampered the commercial success of tbese albums. Despite their quality most people didn't get to hear these albums. I kept my copies in as good of condition as I could but at this point they are pretty worn. I replaced them with a CD some years ago but it was damaged so I was very happy to find this version that includes the single mix of White Ships. My only complaint is the single being tacked on at the end. Any Way & It's All Over is not actually the band, but two of the principal members back by studio musicians & while good songs, don't really sound like the rest. When they were active some criticized them for not writing all their own material but their choice of material was eclectic. My least favorite song is their version of Get Together & their version of Randy Newman's I've been Wrong Before is inferior to the Dusty Springfield & New Breed (with future Eagle member Tim Schmidt singing). The rest of the songs on both albums, whether cover or original, are almost movies of the mind. Close your eyes & you can almost see the stories unfolding.Read more ›
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This is such a sweet treat to enjoy.The textures and vocals are smoothly rich of the late 60s era.I never heard of these classic rock folkies,until unearthing their dusky jewels.It's a treasure-trove of musical adventures from the past days of psychedelic sojourns.Wonderful blends of instruments for your listening pleasure.They captured the zeitgeist of the musical exploritory yearning of pushing the envelope.The penny dropped,around 1970.They disbanded,like all the great psychedelic groups of their day.Yet,what intense and colorful sounds that still resonates for adventurous listeners. Enjoy the magical ride!
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This album begins with "Wayfaring Stranger", a chugging Jefferson Airplane-like pop/tune with lyrics about travelling to a faraway place. Even the demanding/war-like approach to the lyrics sounds like something classic Jefferson Airplane would have done. I still love it a lot. "Let's Get Together" has a wonderful flute solo, keyboards, bass work and upbeat rhythm section before the realization sets in- oh, this is a cover of the Youngbloods songs! While nothing can ever surpass the Youngbloods flawless version, this is a pretty good cover song either way (even with the rushed-like chorus). Imagine early Jefferson Airplane covering this song- that's the best way to describe it.

"I've Been Wrong Before" could pass for another Jefferson Airplane song (specifically "Today" from their Surrealistic Pillow album). Alright enough of these Jefferson Airplane comparisons! Anyway the vocals are amazingly impactful and sincere in this ballad- I love this song. "Drifter" is pretty awesome and rocks for its time. I love the lyrics "I've played basketball through the hoop of a barrel, I struggle to learn how to swim now, I used to think maybe I once was a baby, I only pretend I was him now, I'm a drifter, I'm a loner, I've seen every city and town now, I've passed by here, and I'll die here, some stranger will lower me down yeah". "That's the Bag I'm In" has hilarious lyrics, especially the first line "My toast is cold my orange juice is hot, I could stop over but I'd really rather not, same thing would happen again 'cuz that's the bag I'm in!" These guys are quite instrumentally diverse too.

"White Ship" reminds me of... yeah, *that* band! The marching drums, the somber tone, the memorable dreamy vocal melody with the keyboard work chugging along... this is great stuff.
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