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Music Emporium – s/t (1969) [Remastered]

5-05-2014, 16:16
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Music Emporium – s/t (1969) [Remastered]

Artist: Music Emporium
Title Of Album: Music Emporium
Year Of Release: 2001
Label: Sundazed SC 6166
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Quality: MP3 | FLAC
Bitrate: VBR 0 | 16Bit/44kHz
Total Size: 104 MB | 307 MB
Total Time: 46:14
Website: Discogs

Tracklist:
01. Nam Myo Renge Kyo (2:37)
02. Velvet Sunsets (2:35)
03. Prelude (2:07)
04. Catatonic Variations (1:58)
05. Times Like This (2:00)
06. Gentle Thursday (3:46)
07. Winds Have Changed (2:12)
08. Cage (5:09)
09. Sun Never Shines (4:01)
10. Day Of Wrath (3:25)

5 Bonus Tracks From The Master Tapes:
11. Nam Myo Renge Kyo (2:41)
12. Velvet Sunsets (3:08)
13. Winds Have Changed (2:14)
14. Sun Never Shines (4:04)
15. Gentle Thursday (4:17)

Musicians:
Bill "Casey" Cosby: vocals, keyboards
Dave Padwin: guitar
Carolyn Lee: bass, background vocals
Dora Wahl: drums

Biography from ProgArchives:
Initially called The CAGE, this trippy West Coast psych band from the 60's were quite sophisticated for their time. They started off in 1968 when keyboardist Bill Cosby joined forces with guitarist Dave Padwin and two female musicians, namely bassist Carolyn Lee and drummer Dora Wahl. All four were either classically trained or seasoned club veterans, Cosby himself being a UCLA music major. Evolving smack in the middle of the flower power era, they played their blistering rockers and wispy melodies quite convincingly, borrowing from jazz, classical music, avant-garde and rock. On the psychedelic side, they were definitely more song oriented than, say, early PINK FLOYD; although they did pour a mean dose of organ on their self-titled LP, released in 1969. Unfortunately, a year later Cosby got drafted and the band broke up.
Their album is a fascinating testimony of a different time and place. Highly organ dominated, it has just about everything one would expect from a late 60's album: driving rhythms, heavy guitar riffs, trippy Farfisa organ and cool, groovy male/female vocals by Cosby and especially Lee who delivers her druggy, cosmic lyrics with style. Their solos are concise and they know how to lock into a groove without jamming aimlessly, as did so many bands of that era. They also know how to structure songs that best display their strengths although in retrospect, it is their softer tunes that seem to have aged better, especially those with a nice gothic/classical feel. The CD version, which was recorded from the master tapes, comprises five bonus tracks, all of them instrumental versions of songs from the LP.
For 1969, this was really promising and surprisingly progressive. The tracks are pretty short, with a total time of nearly 30 minutes for 10 tracks. An omnipresent shiny electric church organ gives a strong & pleasant psychedelic style to the music. The drums, played by a woman, are definitely elaborated and well played. The bottom bass is not timid at all. The omnipresent electric guitar does not take too much room. Every track has something really catchy: that's why it is a very pleasant album to fully listen. The very good lead & backing vocals, shared between a man & a woman, are often quite intimate. On the last track "Day of wrath", Bill "Casey" Cosby saturated the intro with a VERY loud & vibrant church organ: impressive, especially when played loud. It is a very good album of the flower power era, not really a party album but definitely not depressing at all.


Review from Allmusic:
The Music Emporium's sole release is a fair psychedelic obscurity, best when it goes heaviest on the dreamy melodic elements and Carolyn Lee does the singing. "Velvet Sunsets" and "Gentle Thursday," for instance, sound a bit like a garage version of a mixture of the Jefferson Airplane and the United States of America. The more upbeat items, on which Music Emporium leader Casey Cosby takes on the lead vocals, are lumpier, more awkward late-1960s hard rock/psychedelic efforts. Originally a super-rare pressing of just 300, it's been reissued more than once for collectors, and those iterations are much easier to find than the rare original. The best of the reissues, by far, is the 2001 edition on Sundazed, which is taken from the master tape, and includes a detailed history of this hitherto mysterious band. It also adds five previously unissued bonus tracks, although these are just instrumental versions of five of the ten songs on the original LP.


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