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  • Vinyl
  • Label: FALLOUT
  • ASIN: B004109D12
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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By Andersson, Christer on December 10, 2006
Format: Audio CD
(Originally on Elektra Label 1966) This is called "The First Psych Album" According to Pat Kilroy's liner notes he was influenced by writers like Herman Hesse, Aldous Huxley, and George Gurdjieff, making it literally interesting to this book. All compositions were by Pat Kilroy and the album was produced by Peter K. Siegel and supervised by Jac Holzman. Several of the musicians came from New York City so perhaps Pat Kilroy did too. Best known amongst the supporting cast is Stefan Grossman (earlier in Even Dozen Jug Band) and Eric Kaz (Bear, Blues Magoos and Happy & Artie Traum).

The album contains a mix of folk, strumming blues and some Eastern moves with lots of tabla. Kilroy had a very improvised, unusual vocal style that pre-dated Tim Buckley's similarly avant garde approach by two years. The final track, Star Dance, would have been at home on an Incredible String Band album. The best tracks are probably the dreamy/trippy folk songs, but the album is a highly original work and adventurous listeners will appreciate much of its content.
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For those of us at the age that remember the times this is a wonderful recording. I highly recommend this recording.
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Described as the first real acid-folk album, this debut by the gifted Pat Kilroy doesn't disappoint. As others have noted, he anticipated artists such as Tim Buckley & the Incredible String Band by a couple of years with his obviously sincere passion for both Eastern music & philosophy. Kilroy's original liner notes reveal an earnest, enraptured young man just discovering something new & personally illuminating. And all of that comes through in the music.

While forced by the record company to include a few blues numbers, which he performs well, it's his own experimental songs fusing Western & Eastern folk traditions that make this album something special. The Indian influence sounds organic & natural, not something tacked on for the sake of trendiness; the use of the glockenspiel on several songs lends a delicacy that blends beautifully with his vocals. It's that voice, by the way, that'll remind listeners of Tim Buckley's own vocal explorations -- but Pat Kilroy was already there.

So why didn't he make more of a splash? Sadly, he was to die of lymphoma just a year after the release of this album, all of 24 years old. We can only wonder what he might have done next. This album remains as both a promise unfulfilled & a milestone in a musical genre that continues to flourish to this day. To anyone wondering if this is more of a musical curiosity than a truly strong album, I assure you that it's a real gem, well worth adding to your collection. Highly recommended!
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