July "The Second Of July", is a collection of demos recorded in London in early 1968 prior to their first album.
this time, anyone with an interest in
psychedelia that stretches beyond the
Beatles or maybe Strawberry Alarm Clock
(at a pinch), knows who July is.
Well, at least they know that a band
called July put out a super rare album
that is considered by many to be one
of the pinnacles of the psychedelic era.
There's no way to overstate the excellence
of the album, with its eerie sound,
Indian-influenced chord sequences, studio
trickery (tape loops/phasing), and heavily
reverb-laden vocals. But that’s not
the story we’re here to
tell. Even before that quintessential
psychedelic album was made, band
leader Tom Newman was experimenting
with home recording equipment. In 1967, he
installed basic recording facilities
in the bedroom of his flat in an old
Victorian house in Ealing.
There, he and
guitarist Peter Cook tried out ideas,
coming up with many of the standout
songs from the July album. The demos they
recorded display the kind of confidence
that Newman feels was lacking in the
album proper (yes, the ultra- famous
psychedelic classic album!) that they
recorded in 1968. Let’s go back to the
near-beginning of it all, to a flat in a
Victorian house in Ealing, and listen in
on demos recorded with DIY alacrity
by a studio whiz, tracks which will change
the face of psychedelia, eventually, after
decades of obscurity.(lions productions)
Legendary band of psychedelic pop in the sixties.
I say ''Good Night'' because tomorrow is another working day. Hope all of you enjoyed the weekend. Have a good night