Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach (us 1967, psychedelic rock)

Ultimate Spinach - Ultimate Spinach (us 1967)

Formed: 1967, Boston, MA, United States
Disbanded: 1969 //

*Ian Bruce-Douglas (vocals, guitars, harmonica, keyboards, bass, recorder, theremin, vibraphone,Wood Flutes, Sitar),
*Barbara Hudson (guitars, vocals),
*Keith Lahteinen (drums, percussion, vocals),
*Ted Myers (guitar, vocals), *Richard Nese (bass),
*Geoffrey Winthrop (guitars, Sitar, vocals),
*Jeff Baxter (guitar),
*Mike Levine (bass),
*Tony Scheuren (drums)

01. Ego Trip
02. Sacrifice of the Moon (In Four Parts)
03. Plastic Raincoats/Hung Up Minds
04. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess
05. Your Head Is Reeling
06. Dove in Hawk's Clothing
07. Baroque #1
08. Funny Freak Parads
09. Pamela
Bonus Tracks:
10. Your Head Is Reeling (Mono Version, Bonus Track)
11. (Ballad Of) The Hip Death Goddess (Mono Version, Bonus Track)

‘Ultimate Spinach’ was founded in 1967 under the name of 'Underground Cinema' as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Ian Bruce-Douglas. The same year the band changed their name to 'Ultimate Spinach' and recorded their first record for MGM, produced by the ambitious Alan Lorber. Lorber created together with MGM the marketing concept of the 'Boston Sound' (later 'Bosstown' sound) to propose (and sell) an alternative to the West-coast bands. The three Boston bands starting that "movement” were ‘Ultimate Spinach’, ‘Orpheus’ and ‘The Beacon Street Union’. These bands, all produced by Alan Lorber, had musically not much in common and ‘Ultimate Spinach’ was the most interesting band to come out of this hype. Their first self-titled record, inspired by West-coast bands like ‘The Doors’ and ‘Jefferson Airplane’, presented an original mixture of psychedelic rock, folk and classical music. All lyrics and music were written by leader Ian Bruce-Douglas. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ privileged long elaborated suites, alternating instrumental passages, poetry and multipart vocals (the voice of Barbara Hudson reminding Grace Slick and Sonja Kristina) with original arrangements, including flutes, sitar, harpsichord and the electronic Theremin instrument. The record sold well, but the band was a victim of the hype and got negative critics by the press. The second record “Behold and See” was released in 1968 and followed the direction of the first with tighter tracks and the same overall quality. At the end of 1968 the band was reformed with Bruce-Douglas keeping only singer Barbara Hudson, but finally he left the band prior to the recording of the third self-titled ‘Ultimate Spinach’ record, leaving Barbara Hudson as the only original member. The record moved away from the psychedelic sound of the first two records and consisted of mainstream rock songs. ‘Ultimate Spinach’ recorded some of the most original psychedelic rock records.

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Anonymous said...

one of my favourite finds out of all the psyche bands I've been looking up to many months now!

Anonymous said...

I am trying to find Ray Paret who managaged Ultimate Spinich and other bands of this era in Boston. Would you kindly assist me in this search. He is an old friend from San Francisco-Filmore Auditorium times.

alfaios said...

Sorry, but I don't know who Ray Paret is...