this LP took over ‘the original wizard’s position as the ‘crown jewel’ of my collection when i bought it this summer. i was lucky to get it for such a fair price ($174), which is mainly due to the flaws on the rear side of the cover (doesnt matter very much to me though). the vinyl, however, plays just beautifully; ranging from EX- to M-. i doubt that there are truly dead-silent copies of the US issue out there, so i guess this is about as fantastic as it gets!
as far as i know, there are 5 original issues of this record from four different countries:
- UK Major Minor – MMLP 29 (mono), SMLP 29 (stereo)
- US Epic – BN 26416 (stereo, mostly promo copies)
- Brazil Musidisc – 2.177 (mono)
- Mexico Fresa – FL-2 (mono)
it could also be 4 different issues if you count UK mono and stereo as one issue. however, the UK issues are insanely expensive in mono as well as in stereo. a copy would eat up more than half of my monthly salary (of which i still have to pay rent, food, etc), and i havent reached the point yet at which i am willing to pay such an enormous amount for a single record :-) (that point will come – i am awfully sure.. haha)
thus, i was quite happy to find out that at least the US issues are somewhat more affordable – and in stereo! (by the way this is the only issue with a cover variation (black background) and i like the ‘normal’ cover more, but this is sort of a trade-off here)
i know many collectors always prefer mono issues over stereo ones (seems to be ‘good form’), and i admit that some stereo copies sound really crappy compared to the mono ones (eg. the sonics, who’s second album i recently acquired). but given that the recording was made professionally and flawless, i always prefer stereo. i love the depth, and the way you can experience how the sound changes when you walk around the room while listening, etc etc :-)
well, so i always try out the stereo issue first, and if i dont like it i get the mono one. no need to do so in this case! while some US records sound rather poor in general, this one does not. in fact it plays so amazing that the sound – excuse my language – just KICKS ASS!!!
|A4||Hallo to Me||2:56|
|A5||You Missed It All||2:48|
|B1||To Be Free||2:46|
|B2||Move on Sweet Flower||3:23|
|B3||Crying Is for Writers||2:34|
|B6||A Bird Lived||2:38|
‘july’ (the groups only LP by the way) has always been one of my favourite psychedelic albums, and its a shame that there was no further output by the band. but anyway we have the great opportunity to let our minds fly away like a puffy little dandelion seed gliding over two sides of sitar-swinging black plastic – now get aboard the smashing little boat!
the LP is all-killer-no-filler, so picking songs was hard, but here we go:
(as always: depending on the country from which you access the internet you may need a youtube-unblocker to watch this. try proxtube, it did the trick for me)
‘you missed it all’:
you have to be lucky to obtain an original copy of this album for a reasonable price, but of course there are alternatives. this album is quite well-known, so there are many re-issues to choose from. for instance Bam Caruso – KIRI 097 from 1987, or Guerssen – GUESS080, a 180g issue from 2011.