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RARE 1971 UK ORIGINAL ON THE MAROON COLOR REGAL ZONOPHONE LABEL. THE CONDITION OF THE LAMINATED, "BACK FLAPS" COVER IS A NICE EX WITH ONLY A FEW LIGHT CREASES KEEPING IT FROM MY HIGHEST M- GRADE. THERE ARE NO SEAM SPLITS OR WRITING! THE CONDITION OF THE DISC IS A VERY NICE EX TO M- WITH ONLY A FEW LIGHT SLEEVE SCUFFS PRESENT. THE VINYL STILL EXHIBITS A BRILLIANT GLOSS AND IT PLAYS GREAT! ALSO INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL INSERT! KILLER STUFF HERE!!
Oddly, each copy found of the album seemed to come with its own unique set of inserts, such as old newspaper clippings, handbills, or poorly xeroxed photos, in various combinations. From this paraphernalia it appeared that the mysterious LP was connected to the 1970 festival at Laguna Beach. Additional newspaper clippings dug up by a California musicologist at a local library provided details on the long-forgotten “Happening”, but still offered no clues as to what the actual music heard on the album was, or when or by whom it was released. An Orange County newspaper back in 1970 mentioned a few participating bands such as Sound Spectrum and Primal Scream, as well as the aforementioned Sea & East Utopian Mission, but gave no details of their performances. As detailed below, the last track on side 1 is Sea & East Utopian Mission, and it appears that another track on the LP features a local band named Live Wire (see band member comment further down). It must bementioned that “100% Unknown Fibers” is a primitive recording with questionable sound quality, even as private pressings go. It’s likely to be an audience tape, rather than from soundboard. The music is mostly jammy acid-rock typical of the era, predominantly instrumental workouts on Hendrix and Cream riffs, with lots of raw fuzz leads and some vocals. One track has a trancey folkrock feeling, including flute. All over it is reminiscent of some of the Yahowa 13 basement jams, like those heard on “I’m Gonna Take You Home”, minus Father Yod. There’s some nice grooves and feedback soloing here and there. It’s hard to determine how many different groups are featured on the album, but my guess is that it’s at least four different outfits, as the mixing and soundscapes differ, even while most of them are stylistically similar. A high point of the LP is the inclusion of several microphone raps from the Laguna Greeter and others, including the plea for Thorazine quoted above. One guy goes into a hostile rant about war, Nixon and Angela Davis, before being cut off with the reminder that the festival is about “love, not aggression”. The stage announcements combine with the crowd ambience, hovering police helicopters, and raw, improvised music to capture a moment in time, warts and all. Beyond these immediate impressions, the release of the “100% Unknown Fibers” LP remained a mystery. According to an insert sheet, the music had been selected from “72 hours” of recordings, and the performers were “100% unidentified”. The newspaper articles, both old and recent, contained no references to any album release. The prevalent theory was that the record had been put together as a side-project by a local bootlegger, an industry which had its ground zero in the L A/Orange County area. Cover is M-! Disc is M-! BEAUTIFUL NEAR MINT COPY...THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN!!! This copy has no inserts. I've had three different copies of this in the past and none had inserts. A true period piece!
RARE 1970 ORIGINAL U.S. PRESSING ON THE KAPP RECORDS KS 3636 LABEL. THE CONDITION OF THE COVER IS A NICE EX WITH A "PROMOTIONAL COPY NOT FOR SALE" STAMP ON THE BACK COVER. THERE ARE NO SEAM SPLITS OR WRITING. THE CONDITION OF THE DISC IS ALSO EX AND IT PLAYS NICELY!WONDEROUS FEMALE VOCAL ACID FOLK PSYCH LP THAT EVERYONE WANTS RIGHT NOW! REALLY A STUNNING LP WITH GREAT SONGS MIXED WITH ETHERIAL EFECTS AND WEIRD NOISES, DEFINITLY RECOMMENDED FOR ANYONE IN TO THE FOLK PSYCH SCENE!
VERY RARE 1968 ORIGINAL OF THE CLASSIC AND ESSENTIAL CANADIAN FUZZ PSYCH MONSTER! THE CONDITION OF THE COVER IS M- STILL IN THE ORIGINAL SHRINK WRAP! THE SHRINK IS TORN ON THE BACK COVER OTHERWISE IT'S A BEAUTY WITH TIGHT SEAMS AND SHARP CORNERS! THE CONDITION OF THE DISC IS A NICE VG+ WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF SLEEVE SCUFFS AND A FEW LIGHT MARKS. THE VINYL STILL EXHIBITS A NICE GLOSS AND IT PLAYS MOSTLY GREAT WITH A MINIMAL AMOUNT OF OCCASIONAL LIGHT BACKGROUND SURFACE. THIS COPY ALSO INCLUDES THE ELUSIVE INSERT! A KEEPER COPY FOR MOST COLLECTORS!
MEGA RARE 1972 PRIVATE DEBUT LP FROM THESE OHIO HARD PSYCH LEGENDS! THE COVER IS A NICE EX WITH SOME MINOR FOXING, NO SEAM SPLITS OR WRITING. THE CONDITION OF THE DISC IS ALSO A VERY NICE EX WITH ONLY A FEW MICRO SLEEVE MARKS. THE VINYL STILL EXHIBITS A BRILLIANT GLOSS AND IT PLAYS LOUD, AND I MEAN LOUD, AND CLEAR! INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL LYRIC INSERT AND VINTAGE CONCERT FLYER! SLEDGE HAMMER RIFFS AND KILLER LEAD GUITAR FROM JIM GUSTAFSON!
STRANGER “Same” (U.S.Private) 1985 HARD EDGED ROCKER ON THE FIREBIRD RECORDS LABEL! THIS EXAMPLE IS AN ORIGINAL STILL SEALED COPY!! NOTES: SECOND WAVE PSYCHEDELIC RENAISSANCE ROOTS ROCKER — STILL SEALED!!! A LATER ENTRY IN THE GENRE DELIVERING PSYCH FOLK / ROOTS GROOVES EXEMPLIFIED BY THE WILD ACID VISUAL ARTWORK & LYRICISM / INSTRUMENTATION. LOTS OF ACOUSTIC GUITARS MIXED WITH BYRDS INFLUENCED ELECTRIC & ECHOEY VOCALS…DEFINATELY AN UNDERGROUND SOUND & UNDERGROUND PRESSING THAT IS SELDOM SEEN AT AUCTION PRICING === ESPECIALLY IN PERFECT STILL SEALED CONDITION!
MEGA RARE 1971 ORIGINAL PRESSING ON THE MEXICO REX R-407 LABEL! THE COVER IS A NICE EX WITH ONLY VERY MINOR WEAR AND A DRILL HOLE IN THE LOWER LEFT CORNER. THE CONDITION OF THE DISC IS A SUPERB, LIKE NEW M- AND IT PLAYS LOUD AND CLEAR! KILLER RARE MEXICAN BLUESY ACIDHEAVY PSYCH FILLED WITH WAH-WAH GUITAR, RIPPING FUZZ AND PRIMITIVE EFFECTS! IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND THESE MEXICAN RECORDS IN THIS TOP NICK!
"Only known copy of what appears to be a school project LP. My review in The Acid Archives (for which this copy was used) describes this best:
Mystery possible college project LP with different vocalists and instrumental combos. All apparent originals except the opener, a very primitive “That’ll Be the Day” ith good thumping bass line, and “Loch Lomond” sung with a bad faux-Scottish burr but with a good rocking mandolin/trumpet/heavy bass/ drums backing.
Among the originals, Side 1 stand-outs are “Strawberry Days”, a hippie goddess folk rocker with angelic dual female vocals and a heavy electric guitar rhythm; “Right On”, a psychy folk rocker which has the sound of a teenage Bob Edmund, complete with garagy organ/drum backing; and “Go With the Game”, a rocker with a slightly funky rhythm guitar and bass line, a secondary trumpet melody and a Lee Oskar War-like harmonica solo.
Side 2 highlights include “Smile At the Sun”, with a mellow Annie Haslam style vocal and jazz-tinged electric keyboard backing (a bit reminiscent of early Steely Dan - think “Do It Again”); “KS Rebellion” a male vox folk song with odd lyrics (“Go fight your battle, Go herd your cattle”); and “the closing “Vida Blues”, a thumping bass blues jam with cool dixieland style trumpet leads and a wailing harmonica solo or two."
CONDITION: COVER: IN THE SHRINK: EX/ VINYL:EX