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the SEEDS – A WEB OF SOUND – October 1966
A SKY SAXON TRIBUTE
On June 25, 2009 the world lost three iconic and historic artists; Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Sky Saxon.
Saxon’s passing was completely buried by the “King of Pop’s” demise; Farrah barely made the news. At seventy-two Sky Saxon was eternally young, still rockin’ the bass with Billy Corgan on the “Superchrist” video in 2008.
This month marks the forty-sixth year since “A Web of Sound” was released (that’s Pushin’ a half century, fellow Rockers!) and interest in the LP continues strong with every generation.
As psychedelic as it was, the manner in which this music was delivered spoke to us at an age when we were just getting to know ourselves. And this music was ours, really ours – the parents were just getting warmed-up to the Beatles – they’d never warm-up to the Seeds.
This sound, this totally new cultural expression through Psychedelic Rock ‘n’ Roll rests on one man’s vision: Sky Saxon; the original Psychedelic Hippie Flower Power Punk Rocker – for real.
Credited with coining the terms, “Flower Power” and “Flower Children”; Saxon was the Leader of the West Coast Hippie Movement and he let it be known loud and clear with this infectiously good LP.
Riding high on the success of the smash hit single, “Pushin’ Too Hard” Sky Saxon and the Seeds took their next LP like a tab of acid and turned on the blacklights for a journey into a realm of tripped-out Hippiedom.
I was fifteen when this LP was released and was just on the verge of getting high so this psychedelic LP certainly piqued my interest, Hell I dug it the most!
And it was on prominent display on my bedroom wall (my appreciation for album cover art had begun …) and I’m proud to say that I over-dosed on “A Web Of Sound”.
1. “Mr. Farmer” Sky Saxon 2:52
2. “Pictures and Designs” Hooper, Saxon 2:44
3. “Tripmaker” Hooper, Marcus Tybalt 2:48
4. “I Tell Myself” Tybalt 2:31
5. “A Faded Picture” Hooper, Saxon 5:20
6. “Rollin’ Machine” Saxon, Tybalt 2:32
The Seeds’ “Up In Her Room” is to the Stones’ “Goin’ Home” is to Love’s “Revelation” – all released in ’66 (Love’s Da Capo was recorded in ’66 released in January ’67) – these extended jams focused on vocal scatting and thus became an official part of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Arranged By – the Seeds
Guitar – Jan Savage
Guitar [Bottleneck] – Cooker
Lead Vocals, Bass – Sky Saxon
Drums – Rick Andridge
Organ, Piano – Daryl Hooper
Engineer – Dave Hassinger, Rafael Valentin
Producer, Liner Notes – Marcus Tybalt
Design [Cover] – Sky Saxon
Photography By – Ray Leong
“Pushin’ Too Hard” from their debut album was my first deja-vu song. The first time I heard it on the radio I recognized it, I knew it, it was if I had heard it repeatedly before! I could anticipate the next words, the next beats and the next sounds exactly. It was as weird for me then as it is now. I had heard this song before, … many times … somewhere … at sometime.
I was very fortunate to see them live back in ’66; check out my concert review: the SEEDS LIVE!
“A Web of Sound” is a true seminal classic and an iconic stamp on a space in time when Garage Rock and Psychedelic Rock literally grew from THE SEEDS!
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