Tuesday 1 August 2017

Tea & Symphony - Jo Sago (1970)

The second & final album from this British band.

The band was a quintet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, percussion, keyboards and vocals.

Tea & Symphony was an extreme obscure British band who somehow got a two albums deal with the legendary Harvest record label, a sublabel of EMI. Hence, this band is popular among collectors.

I reviewed their 1969 debut album An Asylum For The Musically Insane last week or some days ago. A pretty decent album.

The band must have taken that album title to their hearts when they recorded Jo Sago........

A mental asylum, this album is. Even Daevid Allen was not that far gone out in outer space on his solo albums and Gong albums.

Jo Sago is three quarters of an hour with some half ditties and songs. There is also some spoken words here. Some of them with male female drag voices.

The music is folk music with a lot of theatre and funny noises. I am glad that I do not have a dog in this office. If the dog had heard this album, I guess it would had joined in with some singing. Which would had been on the same level as the music on this album.

OK, I like humour and there are some OK humour here and some decent songs. But be warned, this is not really a music album. Just some barking mad Englishmen gone for a stroll in the local mental asylum.

1.5 points

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