Mandrax Sunset Variations: That is the cover to the right. It consists of the 4 albums released by "Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias".
1976 - Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias
1977 - Italians From Outer Space
1978 - Skite
They also released this album:
1996 - Radio Sweat
Also included are the 2 EPs release during the Punk Era:
1977 - Snuff Rock
1978 - Heads Down No Nonsense Mindless Boogie.
The first album's tracklist is as follows:
01 Torture You
03 I Like Gurls
04 Dread Jaws
05 Follow The Guru
06 Dead Meat
09 Jesus Wept
10 Mandrax Sunset Variations Parts 1, 2 & 3
From the first track with the amazingly sensuous lyric "I don't wanna talk to you. I just wanna t t t t torture you" played as a parody of Dr Hook (I think) through the Reggae "Dread Jaws" , the Psychy "Follow The Guru", rocker "Dead Meat" to the Lou Reed soundalike "Anadin" eventually ending with the Hawkwind parody "Mandrax Sunset Variations" "This is your captain speaking - Your captain is knackered". We loved it back then. I admit the sounds have a sort of 'dated' feel about them now, but, I still like them.
Bass - Tony Bowers
Drums - Bruce Mitchell
Guitar - Bob Harding , Jimmy Hibbert
Guitar [Pedal Steel] - Simon White (2)
Vocals - Les Pryor*
Written - By, Vocals, Guitar - C.P.Lee
1977 saw the release of "Italians From Outer Space" and by this time I had seen them live doing a parody Rock Festival which was really a great live act and extremely funny. They did tracks from both these albums and it was well worth the psychedelic substances we had digested prior to entering the night club in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Wonder if Tab has any left???
01 Old Trust
03 I'll Come If You Let Me
04 Invocation Of The Fundamental Orifice Of St. Agnes
05 No Change
06 Peon In The Neck
07 Happy To Be On (An Island Away From) Demis Roussos
08 Teenager In Schtuck
09 Italians From Outer Space: (A) The Ballad Of Colonel Callan
10 Italians From Outer Space: (B) A Fistful Of Spaghetti
11 Mandrax Sunset Variations Part VI
14 Wholefood Love
15 Holiday Frog
16 Teenage Paradise
17 Willie Baxter's Blues
18 It Never Rains In El Paso
19 Whispering Grass
20 Death Of Rock And Roll
This album mixed country sounds (Comically) with the previously Rock, Psych and Space Rock still appearing and also Pop elements. However, there are bits of Zappa, The Firesign Theatre, Dylan and a lovely Beefheart parody "No Change - Peon In The Neck". Some pokes at punk start to appear (nothing so wonderful yet as the Snuff Rock EP). It all ends with a Joe Walsh / Steve Miller style rocker "Death Of Rock And Roll".
The remaining tracks on this album make up the "Skite" album. Some Dub Reggae, a "Doo Wap" version of the Sex Pistols "Anarchy In The UK", Skite had its moments but did not have the highs of the first 2 albums - It did however, parody the mood of '78, in a way. XTC etcetera.
Also included in this post are the 2 EP's. The absolute excellent "Snuff Rock" EP and the almost forgetful (Chart Success) of the Status Quo Headbanger parody).
Oh yes. SNUFF ROCK. Well, this has to be one of the better Punk recordings. Taking the proverbial out of the Damned, John Lydon himself and all. If you take it all too seriously - then you'd end up like Syd. There are 1 or 2 surprises in the Punk section of this post - Oh well. They are part of it and I attend to the possibilty of posting RADIO SWEAT, if you good decent folk want me to. *Smiles*
There are a couple of real good examples of this period of Albertos y Lost Trios Paranoias from this period available on YOU TUBE. So look if you DARE!
You Tube Sweetness Version 1
Oh. By the way. That "Complete" at the top should read "Almost" as well. Heads DOWN!
Place in line 502. Looks good for 2020.