Tuesday 14 November 2017

Ultimate Spinach - Behold And See (1968)

The second album from this US band.

Ultimate Spinach was a sextet on this album with a lineup of harmonica, flutes, guitars, drums, bass, sitar, keyboards and vocals. Both male and female vocals.

The band leader Ian Bruce-Douglas split up the band after the debut album and hired a new setup. The only one remaining was the vocalist Barbara Hudson.

Their self-titled debut album, also from 1968, was a decent to good album. You will find my review here.

The band continues in the same vein again. A bit west-coast psych rock combined with mainstream rock. The band was from Boston on the east-coast and they tried to establish an east-coast scene to rival the west-coast scene. The west-coast scene had the likes of Jefferson Airplane and other bands. The east-coast scene had Ultimate Spinach.... Well, the west-coast won that fight on a technical knock out.

This album or indeed Ultimate Spinach is not bad at all. The music here is the typical psych rock from the end of the 1960s. A lot of The Beatles, blues and Jefferson Airplane. A bit soul and stadium rock too. There is a nice mix of female and male vocals here too. 

Unfortunate, this is not a good album. It is a decent album though and one to check out if psych rock is your thing.

2 points

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