Sunday, May 24, 2009

Gandalf - Gandalf 2 (us Psychedelia 1967-69)

Gandalf - Gandalf 2 (us Psychedelia 1967-69)

Formed: 1967, New York, NY, United States
Disbanded: 1968 //

Members:
*Peter Sando (Guitar, Electric Sitar, Vocals),
*Bob Muller (Bass, Vocals),
*Frank Hubach (Piano, Electric Piano, Harpsichord, Organ),
*Dave Bauer (Drums)

Related Artists: The Barracuda
Also Known As: The Rahgoos, Gandalf and The Wizards
Genres: Psychedelia

Tracklist:
01. Bird in the Hand
02. Days Are Only Here and Gone
03. Smokey Topaz
04. Ladyfingers
05. No Earth Can Be Won
06. Bad Dream (Demo)
07. I Won't Cry No More
08.The Dance at St. Francis
09. Julie (The Song I Sing Is You)
10. Over This Table
11. Golden Earrings (Demo)
12. Tears of Ages (Live)
13. Downbound Train (Live)

The exotic, mindbending sounds of Gandalf have long been one of the great lost treasures of the first psychedelic era. Featuring the breathy vocals and lysergic guitar of Peter Sando, the band's only album, a delight from start to finish, has generated a fervent demand for more of the same. Gandalf 2, is a return trip to the band's garden of earthly delights. A thorough search of Sando's tape vault revealed a fabulous stash of spellbinding demos and acetates, unheard for decades!
Not really the second album from legendary late 60s psyche group Gandalf, but a well-done collection of unreleased material and rarities -- finally released to whet the appetites of anyone wanting more! The first Gandalf album is a masterpiece in brooding psychedelia -- surprisingly gentle compared to most of its contemporaries, but with a depth that's really amazing -- and these other recordings follow in a very similar spirit, but offer a much wider spectrum in sound! Some tracks are slightly folksy, some harder rocking, others a bit sweet -- yet the music is all pretty unified, thanks to the breathy vocals and hypnotic guitar of leader Peter Sando. Almost all of the titles are previously unreleased -- and tracks include "Bird In The Hand", "Days Are Only Here & Gone", "Smokey Topaz", "Ladyfingers", "No Earth Can Be Won", "Over This Table", "Dance At St Francis", and "Julie" -- plus a few demos and live tracks too!
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New York's Gandalf was one of the more original bands of the first wave of American psychedelic music. Their first and only album, GANDALF, recorded for Capitol in 1969, has become such a retro hit among record collectors that the folks at Sundazed Records went about finding some unreleased demos and other rarities to release as GANDALF 2. Subtle folk guitar picking, flutes, and the occasional bluesy turn complement the more rocking elements, and make for a cohesive and satisfying full-length album in its own right.
~ Internet sources.

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