Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ptolomy Psycon - "Loose Capacitor" {UK} [1971]

"Ptolomy Psycon - Loose Capacitor (EP). 1971 private. (catalog number HAT 1306 A).
This one has been on my curiosity list for a very long time. At least since Amber Soundroom had announced their intention to reissue it on vinyl (guessing this was around 2003/2004?). Leave it to The Alaskan Connection to have it on hand. And this one lived up to its reputation.
Ptolomy Psycon practically defines the raw UK underground of the early 1970s. I suppose the 99 count Holyground albums, or the hyper rare Dark album* can give you an indication of the recording quality. But the music is definitely influenced by the upcoming progressive rock movement, especially Hawkwind, Steel Mill, Jethro Tull and King Crimson. The AC also offers "Ptolomy Psycon has lots of that UK psychy proto-prog flavor. This was released as a 10" EP, in an edition of only 50 copies with homemade covers. The band were from the Birmingham area, and were supposedly all students in the same school (around 16-17 years old, I think). In fact, all the "orchestral" stuff you'll hear on this was apparently done by their school band, who they hired to play on the recording!"
Hopefully they recorded more than the 22 minutes found here, as this is a really good example of the early 70s UK deep underground scene.
" by Tom

01 Azrael...
02 Shadow Bright...
03 No One To Blame...


Thanks to Fusionaut and Tom! :o)

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13 comments:

isabelbc said...

http://lix.in/-a8f369

Félix said...

Thanks a lot!!!

Anonymous said...

extremely lovly
thanks
from PORTUGAL

aryterong said...

hi Isabelbc...
many thank's i guessed. :)

Oracus said...

Thanks a lot isabel! I'm eager to try it!

Anonymous said...

Hello Isabelbc & everybody!
Thanks a lot for this rarity. I found a monster psych album from Greece here: www.dedalospsych.blogspot.com
Any possible download for it?
Judy.

HARLOW said...

BEAUTIFUL! THANKX VERY MUCH!

Anonymous said...

isabel, do you have record collector dreams 6001? thanks

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Have certainly been searching for this one for many years :-)

BEST WISHES
cHRIS

isabelbc said...

@Anonymous, no, i don't have record collector dreams 6001...

juan manuel muñoz said...

many thanks.

juan manuel muñoz said...

many, many thanks

Peter Kendell said...

The band only existed for a short while. They were all students at Wrekin College in the late sixties / early seventies. The LP was recorded live directly to two-track in the school's hall. More details if anyone's interested...

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