Sunday, 20 October 2019

Clouds - Up Above Our Heads (1969)


The second album from this band from Edinburgh, Scotland.

The band was a trio on this album with a lineup of harmonica, Hammond organ, piano, bass, drums, trumpet, guitars and vocals.
Their manager arranged a string and woodwind quartet to appear on this album.

The band released three albums before they gave up. All three collected and released in a box years ago. A very good box worth it's money.

This album was strangely not released in Europe or indeed in their own homeland. It was a North-America release only.

The band had branched out from their psych-beat on their debut album to a lot more like a symphonic prog band in  the vein of The Nice on this album. There are also some jam parts here which reminds me about jazz. The beat and psych parts are still alive here.

There are some really cool Hammond organs and vocals here. The woodwinds and strings are also cool.

Parts of this album makes me wonder why this album or this band never made it big. Parts of this album is really explosive stuff anno 1969. Quality wise, it is not far behind the best of that era.

Not all is good on this forty minutes long album. But some of the stuff is really very good and it makes this album one of the lost gems from this era.

3.5 points

 

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