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The Magical Mystery Psych-Out - A Tribute To The Beatles
LP (12" album, 33 rpm)
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4. The Blank Tapes - The Word
5. The Ruby Suns - Martha My Dear
6. The KVB - Taxman
1. The Underground Youth - Come Together
2. Fantasmes - Love You To
3. Quilt - Cry Baby Cry
4. The Lucid Dream - And I Love Her
5. Kikagaku Moyo - Helter Skelter
6. Strangers Family Band - Sun King
Modern psychedelic rock bands pull out all the stops on this mesmerizing tribute to inarguably the most influential rock band of all-time, The Beatles - available on both CD & vinyl!
These exclusive versions are unlike any Beatles covers you ve heard with performances by German psych band Electric Moon, British duo The KVB, The Underground Youth, The Vacant Lots, and a whole lot more! --Press Release
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Its truly just like so many tribute Beatles covers, plain dull. Why is it that none hold
up as lively and exciting and fun as the original Fab Four? What would be great is
to have those lively fun groups from the early nineties do it. Groups like alt rockers
from Elephant 6 like Apples in Stereo, the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel,
Beulah, Elf Power or even the Three O'Clock.
Also don't be fooled by the cover, this has nothing to do 'Magical Mystery Tour'.
Wow it would be fantastic if there were a 'Magical Mystery Tour' tribute album.
All and all the bands do create a sonic atmosphere that will delight your wayward ears with rather good renditions of The Beatles material they’ve chosen to cover. While none of the songs venture far off the map, the construct in which they each develop their chosen material sounds sharp crisp and in the moment, a reflection of today’s musical attitudes from a grouping of artists who’s parents might not have walked the planet when The Beatles were painting the world with a spectrum of sound and colour that today still stands as a beacon for any wishing to strap on a guitar or pick up a microphone.
The Blank Tapes have one of the most splintering versions of "The Word Love," turning it into a psych blues number that will rock you back and set you right with the world. Other startling additions include "Tomorrow Never Knows," by Electric Moon, The Vacant Lots "Julia," and "Cry Baby Cry" by Quilt. Then there's the Underground Youth's take on "Come Together," a song that will haunt your speakers, dripping like a bottle of indigo ink spilling across your table in slow motion. The weakest track on the album has to belong to Strangers Family Band who cover "Sun King" with an experimental jazz outlook that is annoying pretentious noisy and uncomfortable. The Ruby Suns, and their version of "Martha My Dear," run a close second with a track that sounds as if it’s been clipped together from dozens of takes, and entirely overly produced … though KVD do an ambitious off the wall take of "Taxman," slowing the song down to a hypnotic crawl and lacing it together with an etherial energy that absolutely allows the number to blossom with shivering textures.
All and all, Cleopatra Records have released a cohesive outing that’s both mesmerizing and substantial, intoxicating and eroticly delightful … a record that’s worth the ride and then some.
*** And Just for fun, the album cover is laced with Beatle references, including:
-The Eyes for "Lucy In The Sky".
-The Egg for the line "I am the Eggman ..." from "I Am The Walrus".
-The heart on the end of the cain for "All You Need Is Love".
-The Apple for Apple Records.
-The Black Bird for the song "Blackbird".
-The Blue Jay's head on the cane for "Blue Jay Way".
-The Walrus for the song "I Am The Walrus".
-The Walrus itself with it's many arms, symbolizing the many armed Buddha and representing their time spent studying Transcendental Meditation.
-The Sitar for Georg Harrison.
-The Peace Symbol because of the times from which The Beatles played.
-The hand giving the Peace Sign for Ringo, who has always done so.
-The the burning lamps symbolize the song "Inner Light".
-And finally the heads of the Fab Four.
-And of course the whole setup, from the time they spent in India.
Review by Jenell Kesler