Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Mandrake Memorial – Puzzle (1969)


The third and final offering from this Philadelphia act arrived in 1969 after a false start in its recording. Earlier acoustic sessions were ditched in favour of orchestrally backed mood-pieces and ballads. The gentle vocals of Randy Monaco, washes of warping synths and drifting guitar textures provide a floating and dreamy feel to this album. The standout tracks being "Earthfriend" and the recurring "Just A Blur". To experience a serene psychedelic soundscape that defies comparison I don't think you can do better than "Puzzle". As an added bonus the album is dressed in a stunning Escher cover

Tracks:
Earthfriend Prelude,
Earthfriend,
Just A Blur (version 1),
Hiding,
Just A Blur (version 2),
Tadpole,
Kyrie,
Ocean's Daughter,
Volcano Prelude,
Volcano,
Whisper Play,
Bucket of Air,
Children's Prayer,
Puzzle,
Just A blur (version 3),
Something in the Air,
Musical Man

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5 comments:

Heavypsychman said...

Kinda like a Epic movie soundtrack meets late 60's psych. Totally different from most others. I must dig up my old tape!

paul said...

Great album I bought the original on vinyl 1969, still in great condition no scratches or jumps.In fact Im playing it now as I write.Is that big red poppy in the middle of the LP suggesting something Trippy mmm ?

Paul
Manchester
UK

paul said...

Sorry 1970 not 69
Paul
Manchester
UK

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the information on MM. I've been curious about these guys for a while, and appreciate having a little more to go on.

VaTAga said...

Thank you! Cool album.