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Monday, May 07, 2007

The Peanut Butter Conspiracy - Spreading From Ashes (1965-67)

Wafting in on a warm Californian breeze comes this magical collection of rare tracks, previously unheard demos and out-takes from one of Los Angeles’ prime exponents of psychedelic folk rock, the PEANUT BUTTER CONSPIRACY.
Spanning their career 1965-67, from pre Peanut Butter outfit the Ashes through to their Columbia Records era, this collection is an Aladdin’s cave of priceless musical gems from one of the most prolific song writing teams of the time, John Merrill and Alan Brackett. Add the intoxicatingly beautiful vocals of Barbara “Sandi” Robison to the mix, and you have a perfect blend that produced some of the most outstanding music to emerge from the mid-60s Sunset Strip scene.Having cut their musical teeth in the early 60s folk scene, Merrill and Brackett were able to bring sophisticated vocal harmonies to the burgeoning psychedelic sound when they teamed up with Barbara Robison and formed the Ashes (who also featured future Jefferson Airplane drummer, the late Spencer Dryden). This collection marks the first appearance of the Ashes’ rare Vault label 45s on CD, allowing the pleasure of hearing the original recording of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy’s Dark On You Now, as well as the showcase of Barbara’s vocal talent, Roses Gone. Among the previously unreleased Ashes cuts is a marvellous interpretation of the traditional folk song Hangman, which neatly represents the groups origins, whilst giving an indication of things to come with it’s extended instrumental jam. In addition to the early Ashes material, the Vault Peanut Butter Conspiracy recordings are also included, among them the standout Big Bummer with its myriad time changes and acid-toned guitar. Some other highlights are demos for songs that didn’t make it to Peanut Butter Conspiracy albums; not because they weren’t of a sufficient standard, but because the group was coming up with so much high quality material they couldn’t fit it all on. Tracks like Enchanted World and Naturally (Wintry Ways) are wonderful, even in their stripped-down form, while the fully realised recordings of Eventually, Light Bulb Blues, Moment Of Happiness and the amazing, flower-powered Flight Of The Psychedelic Bumble Bee would have been quite at home on either of their Columbia albums.

The disc closes with a live version of You Should Know recorded in 1967 which demonstrates what an impressive live experience the Peanut Butter Conspiracy must have been, with tight vocal harmonies and an instrumental break that shows the group stretching out beyond the boundaries of the studio recording. With the usual copious liner notes courtesy of Alec Palao, and rare, never before seen photos, this is an essential addition to the Peanut Butter Conspiracy catalogue and a must have CD for any aficionado of West Coast psychedelia.
01. Time Is After You - 2.50
02. Love’S Last Ground - 2.11
03. Is There Anything I Can Do? - 2.28
04. Eventually - 1.51
05. Dark On You Now - 4.00
06. Winds Up High - 2.15
07. Free - 2.59
08. Big Bummer - 2.45
09. Light Bulb Blues - 2.17
10. Let’S Take Our Love - 2.10
11. Enchanted World - 2.08
12. I’M Falling - 2.38
13. Flight Of The Psychedelic Bumble Bee - 2.00
14. Foolhearted Woman - 3.16
15. Shirley Can You Come Out & Play - 2.47
16. 1-9-6-7 - 1.59
17. So Lonely - 2.57
18. Floating Dream - 2.10
19. Shuffle Tune - 2.15
20. Moment Of Happiness - 1.41
21. Hangman - 2.56
22. Roses Gone - 2.48
23. Make Someone Happy - 2.06
24. Naturally (Wintry Ways) - 4.26
25. Taste Of Something New - 3.02
26. You Should Know (Live) - 5.37
Size: 129 Mb
Bitrate: 256 mp3
Artwork Included


At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice poppy sunshiney mix of songs. Dark On You is ,of course,always great. Flight Of The Psychedelic Bumblebee is neat too (even if it's buggered to a low bitrate here).Personal favorite? Roses Gone, very beautiful. thanks 7 Floor!

At 3:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

For fans of The Peanut Butter Conspiracy: At the Time Traveller-blog you can find another album of them 'For Children of All Ages'.

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very good indeed.

Which I happened to find on my birthday. Great!

(-: Taurus to Taurus :-)

At 11:19 PM, Blogger 7-Floor said...

Thank you all for your comments !!!
I realy appreciate that.

Grtz, 7-Floor

At 12:58 AM, Blogger Residentevil2 said...

Hey came across this blog and wish to tell you that you have some great here. Picked up Bulldog and Peanutbutter Thank you very much.
Have been looking for the other two or three Human Instinct albums for quite awhile would you have a line on them? If there is any more Space Farm also.
Wish you the best blog looks great Thanks.

At 12:11 PM, Blogger 7-Floor said...

Hi rresidentevil2

I don't have aby more albums of Human Instinct, sorry.

Greetings 7-Floor

At 1:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of my favourite album, Included is "The Ashes" on this album. Great

At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

great collection..thanks

jwitty at sympatico.ca

At 8:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

PBC's "Great Conspiracy" is one of the most underrated albums from this era. Thanks for posting this dude.

At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

just found this gem tucked away in your old vault.....not too familiar with this album so will look forward to listening to it....thank you very much


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