Friday, 17 February 2017

Psychedelic Rock & Pop of the sixties released in 2006! The Sidetrack - Baby (1969)2006 CD flac

The New York band Sidetrack recorded a demo album in the late '60s that never found release until finally getting issued in 2006 on CD. Many such relics from the time did not find release, at least in part, because of substandard production and sound quality. This is not the case with this would-be LP, which is quite professionally recorded and performed. One imagines that little or no extra work would have been required to ready it for commercial availability, and it's been reported that Elektra was indeed interested in adding the band to its roster, though nothing by Sidetrack appeared on the label. That doesn't necessarily mean, however, that Elektra should have released it, or that the album's failure to surface was such a great loss. The material's in a middling if largely non-indulgent psychedelic vein, chiefly distinguished from many other such average outfits by varied keyboards (piano, organ, and electric harpsichord) with a touch of classical influence. Perhaps there's a bit of Left Banke to some of the arrangements, though with heavier instrumentation, far less pop hooks, and rather wan or absent vocal harmonies (the greatest deficiency in terms of the production). Untypical of the record, which largely sticks to tracks between two and four minutes in length, is an 11-minute psychedelic instrumental that almost sounds like a baroque derivation of the kind of mood the Paul Butterfield Blues Band created on their classic "East West." Not quite as untypical, though one of the better tracks, is the short acoustic ballad "Blues for Matthew," which closes the record. (

Limited reissue of scarce privately pressed album from 1969. Little is known of the band, and the album appeared as a test pressing with no jacket. Includes 'Wild eyes' which has appeared on a couple of compilations of rare American psychedelia/rock. Tracks are written in the wrong order on the CD. Correct order is written on this release page.(discogs)

Hello friends and folks, sisters and brothers. Wish all of you a wonderful start into the weekend. Today at first i post a little obscurity. The Sidetrack released her album in 2006, nearly 40 years after the recordings. As far as i know the band paid the whole production and nearly all the things needed for a complete product by themself then. They also make the 2006 release possible privately.
What makes me a little confused is that Mr Unterberger in his review say ''Blues for Matthew'' closes the disc. But ''Knowing What You Hold So Dear'' is the last song on the disc. Like discogs also noted on their page here. And that's also the running order on the vinyl release here. ''Blues for Matthew'' only closes side one of the vinyl record.  Maybe he owns a different disc... Okay however, the album is a mix of psychedelic pop, baroque pop and progressive rock. If you don't know give it a try. There are some really good songs on it. Enjoy!
With kind regards
                             Frank  Flac

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