Sunday, September 27, 2009

New Zealand Trading Company - New Zealand Trading Company (us 1970)

New Zealand Trading Company - New Zealand Trading Company (us 1970)

* Label: Memphis Records (3)
* Catalog#: MS-1001
* Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition
* Country: US
* Released: 01 Sep 1970
* Genre: Rock
* Style: Psychedelic Rock, Blues Rock
* Credits: Artwork By [Cover Photo] - Renee Koopman
* Engineer: Steve Stepanian
* Producer: N. Rosenburg
* Notes: Re-mixed at Universal Recoding Studio, Memphis Tennessee.

A1. Oh What A Day (2:45) Written-By - Alberto Carrion
A2. Jam And Anti-Freeze (4:11) Written-By - B. Kennedy , T. Kini
A3. Nine To Five (2:17) Written-By - B. Kennedy , M. Moore , T. Kini
A4. Hey Jude (8:18) Written-By - John Lennon , Paul McCartney
B1. Winnifred Jelicode (3:47) Written-By - B. Kennedy , M. Moore
B2. Ruo Moko (2:45) Written-By - T. Kini
B3. Could Be (3:45) Written-By - M. Moore , T. Kini
B4. The Prisoner (3:10) Written-By - B. Kennedy , T. Kini
B5. Total Stranger (4:28) Written-By - Alberto Carrion

Along with The New Mix, The Travel Agency, and The Music Asylum, the one and only NZTC album is a "never found" (as opposed to "lost") psychedelic classic. The album contains no list of personnel, no background information on the band, nothing. The record label itself is a mystery. Even Vernon Joynson's American psychedelic bible Fuzz, Acid, and Flowers overlooks the group (the review in the web-based version of that book is mine)! Not surprisingly, you can still pick this one up on the cheap.
This is psych - jazz that will appeal to-fans of Wake Up...It's Tomorrow era Strawberry Alarm Clock. The material is all original, save for an engaging cover of "Hey Jude". The writing is of consistently high quality, and the harmonies grab the listener and don't let go. Particular highlights include the fuzz guitar / vibes interplay on "Jam And Anti - Freeze", and the vivid character study "Winnifred Jellicoe". I'd not only take this one to the desert island, I'd stay with it if the rescue party didn't have room for the both of us! Indescribably essential!
~ BY Ochsfan (RYM).

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