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Live-May 11 1968
H.P. Lovecraft
Live-May 11 1968
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
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In case you hadn't noticed, there weren't a lot of people taking notes during the heyday of psychedelic concertdom. As a result, the lore and legend of that era consists of hazy, mumbled recollections of plankton-braine...  more »

      
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All Artists: H.P. Lovecraft
Title: Live-May 11 1968
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Diablo Records UK
Release Date: 5/30/2000
Album Type: Import, Live
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 740155883522

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In case you hadn't noticed, there weren't a lot of people taking notes during the heyday of psychedelic concertdom. As a result, the lore and legend of that era consists of hazy, mumbled recollections of plankton-brained survivors. Well, rewrite the history books, because Sundazed archaeologist Jeff Jarema - in collaboration with Lovecraft honcho George Edwards - have excavated this remarkably well-preserved snapshot of Freakout Central from the birthplace of noodle-dancing, the Fillmore West circa 1968.

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H.P. Lovecraft - 'Live - May 11,1968' (Sundazed)
Mike Reed | USA | 02/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"About as good as their 'H.P.Lovecraft/II' 2-lp's-on-one CD release(see my review).Very nice live archive performance offering of this short-lived psych band that took place at the Fillmore West.Good sound quality,so I can assume it might've been a soundboard recording.If the crowd sounds a bit thin,it's because H.P. was apparently the opening act and much of the crowd hadn't showed up yet.Tunes I thought the group performed extremely well were the ten-minute opener "Wayfaring Stranger","The Drifter",the trippin' "At The Mountains Of Madness" and "The White Ship".Line-up:George Edwards-guitar&vocals,Dave Michaels-keyboards&vocals,Jeff Boyan-bass and Michael Tegza-drums.Might appeal to fans of The Seeds,13th Floor Elevators,The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and Arthur Brown."
Once the mix gets straightened out
Donald Negri | Sacramento, Ca United States | 12/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is a Fillmore show I believe. The band is announced by Bill Graham, and I don't think he had many shows if any at the Winterland. And once the mix gets straightened out (the problem has been well described by a previous reviewer), it is a wonderful presentation of one of my favorite short-lived bands of the era. Even though the lineup was the HP II, this show occured prior to the recording of that album, and so most of the songs are from HPI. Which is no problem as I think it was the better of the two albums.

It's too bad that they were another band from that time that burned out quickly. Probably as much from their plunging head first into the San Francisco drug scene as from any internal problems. Not unlike another SF band, Moby Grape.
But this is a great disc, wonderful for headphones. And Michael Terzga's drumming is much more evident, and powerful here, than on the albums. And not only due to the mix. Compare them, for instance, with some of the 1967 Airplane live stuff and it will be apparent just how tight a band they were.

Five star memories and overall performance, but an annoying - though not excessively so - mix through the first third."
Live Vocals? WOW
R. Peters | Worcester, MA | 03/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This rare find is a masterpiece. Evidently these guys played the Filmore regularly, recorded a great set, but broke up soon after. The energy is astounding. Vocals are hypnotic, yet powerful. Music is perfectly orchestrated, (not really jammed as you might expect at the Fillmore) edge of your seat executed and clearly recorded. Very live, with no effects (other than the Fillmore's signature reverbratory acoustics. A purist's dream.

What more is there to say./Bob P"