Initially called "The CAGE" , this trippy West Coast Psych - Prog band from the 60's were quite sophisticated for their time .
They started off in 1968 when keyboardist Bill Cosby joined forces with guitarist Dave Padwin and two female musicians , namely bassist Carolyn Lee and drummer Dora Wahl .
All four were either classically trained or seasoned club veterans, Cosby himself being a UCLA music major .
Evolving smack in the middle of the flower power era , they played their blistering rockers and wispy melodies quite convincingly , borrowing from jazz , classical music , avant-garde and rock . On the psychedelic side , they were definitely more song oriented than , say , early PINK FLOYD .
Although they did pour a mean dose of organ on their self-titled LP , released in 1969. Unfortunately , a year later Cosby got drafted and the band broke up.
Their album is a fascinating testimony of a different time and place.
Highly organ dominated , it has just about everything one would expect from a late 60's album : driving rhythms , heavy guitar riffs , trippy Farfisa organ and cool , groovy male/female vocals by Cosby and especially Lee who delivers her druggy , cosmic lyrics with style .
Their solos are concise and they know how to lock into a groove without jamming aimlessly , as did so many bands of that era .
They also know how to structure songs that best display their strengths although in retrospect , it is their softer tunes that seem to have aged better , especially those with a nice gothic/classical feel .
The CD version , which was recorded from the master tapes , comprises five bonus tracks, all of them instrumental versions of songs from the LP.
This rip is from the Vinyl LP .
1. Nam Myo Renge Kyo
2. Velvet Sunsets
4. Catatonic Variations
5. Times Like This
6. Gentle Thursday
7. Winds Have Changed
9. Sun Never Shines
10. Day Of Wrath
Genre : Psychedelic Rock , Progressive
Year : 1969
Format : Vinyl LP
Label : Action Records
Made in : USA
Flac Size : 184 MB