April 8, 2009

The Lollipop Shoppe / Just Colour

Son of a bitch.

I picked up this reissue record for the cover alone but the second the music started pouring out of my speakers I knew this had to be some sort of pre Dead Moon band and I am cursing because I can't believe I didn't know about this record sooner. Fred Cole from Dead Moon has such an incredibly specific - frantic intense voice - that there really is no mistaking him for anyone else.

And holy fuck I am glad I found this record which much to my amazement doesn't carry a sticker anywhere on it that calls out the fact that Dead Moon fans should rejoice upon hearing this fantastic slab of wax. And once again - zero liner notes. Hmph!

Just Colour was released in 1968 (their only release) and while the name of the band, The Lollipop Shoppe, might trick some into thinking this would be a fluffy sunshine pop record, it is really anything but. The title of the first track on the record offers a perfect hint of what kind of material you can actually expect and "You Must Be a Witch" kicks of the record with monstrous roar. While there some soft moments to be found on this record they all seem to fit perfectly and build tension / momentum to the points where the band unravels into a frenzy of psych rock perfection.

I really can't believe I am so late to the party on this record. I am shaking my head at myself as I type this.

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