Friday, 28 July 2017

Tea & Symphony - An Asylum For The Musically Insane (1969)


The debut album from this band from Birmingham, England.

Tea & Symphony was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, flute, percussions, woodwinds and vocals.

This band released two albums before they split up. This one in 1969 and the follow up the year after. I will review the follow up album within the next days/you will find my review of the follow up album somewhere else in this blog.

This album is very sought after and some very high prices are being paid on Ebay. Thankfully, Youtube has a listening example so no worries.
The album was released on the legendary Harvest label, a division of EMI. Which may explain why this album demand such insane high prices.

The band name, album title and the cover art-work may give you the impression that this is a whimsical prog or psych album. That would be a pretty correct assumption.

This forty-five minutes long album contains some whimsical progressive folk rock with a lot of psych rock elements too. There is a lot of flutes and acoustic guitars here. The vocals are pretty weird too. I get the feeling that the lyrics is mad as in English humour too.

The songs are proper songs and not some avant-garde ditties. But the songs are whimisical and weird.

The quality is not that good. This album is not surviving the test of time. But all those into folk rock and psych should give this album some attention. It is a decent enough album.

2 points

 

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