The LIGHT was a dynamic, multi-talented supergroup from California's Inland Empire. Formed early 1967, the group united the brightest talents from two of the area's most popular garage bands, the Bush and the Northside Moss. After attracting the attention of Music Machine producer Brian Ross they recorded a single for A&M Records, a Jekyll & Hyde pairing featuring a gorgeous Left-Banke-style A-side "Music Box" and a fuzz-guitar monster flipside, "Back Up." By the end of the summer they had evolved into an incendiary West Coast psychedelic rock ensemble comparable to the Buffalo Springfield or Moby Grape, but with the dual lead guitar firepower of the Beck-Page Yardbirds.
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By Kevin D. Rathert on July 26, 2009
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Where does Mike Stax keep finding this lost gems for release on his Ugly Things Label. With this, his 5th relaeae Stax introduces us to the band fronted through most of its short life by ex The Bush rhythm guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Steve Hoard. Lead guitarist Bob Anglin aids Hoard on vocals and in writing the original material on this release, with a whopping 23 of its 25 tracks being foremerly unreleased. A near perfect balance of studio and live recordings, "Turn On...The Light" is filled with killer fuaz and clean, crisp lead lines by Anglin. Hearing these guys makes me wonder hwo did bands like "Chocolate Watchband" and "Strawberry Alarm Clock" hit while The Light were able to get only one single released during their all too brief tenure. If your question is, what track is the strongest, my answer is "yes." That is, every track is well arranged, well executed, and well recorded. Aided by none other than psych expert Greg Russo, Stax presents for your listening pleasure and your senses delight these 25 raucous, raunchy slabs of California psych. Hard edged and reminiscent of Quicksilver Messenger Service at their peak, The light's Angtin's playing is reminiscent of John Cippolina in his finest hour. And that, my friend, is not to be taken lightly. This disc is an absolute, yes absolute must, for any and all fans of psychedelic rock, California style or otherwise. No psych collection is complete without this marvelous piece. It may take some searching, but believe me, it is worth the effort. Grab it anyway, anywhere you can. It gets regular rotation on my cd player, and the more I listen to it, the better it sounds. Just as crisp in 2009 as it was in 1967 when the tracks were committed to wax. Sublime. That is the word that comes to mind in describing the band and its sound. Simply, absolutely, sublime. Enough said.
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