THUNDERPUSSY : DOCUMENTS OF CAPTIVITY (US'73)
Killer Progressive Hard-Psych from Illinois!
Illinois progressive psych band,long a staple of the collector-scumbag private pressing universe (previously booted on LP in the 1980's).A beautifully dated suite of songs with deep,poetic musings on the nature of good vs. evil,class inequalities and other meaningless subjects,this mixes fragile acoustic interludes with complex searing acid guitar arrangements,traditional prog-rock time craziness and general higher elevation musical themes. Printed in minute quantities,this one's attracted a cult following and some glistening reviews.The original was pressed on very thin vinyl,most copies have slight bowl warps.There is also a posthumous EP with unreleased tracks.This is the kind of 'prog' album that seems to go over pretty well with psych or hard rock fans.It's full of weird ideas and cool guitar playing.Steven Jay Morris envisioned an epic poem set to music.Each song is a "document" with lyrics and then an instrumental “Amen” or flourish.The "documents" are a six-part progression running 37:07.It is an examination of the traps and pitfalls humankind create for themselves in the passage of their lives,as well as the possibility of releasing one's self from them.The liner notes describe the exact intention of each "document",as well as that of the instrumentation.As a result the song titles are pretty cumbersome in the best proggy tradition.Highly Recommended.
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