Friday, December 4, 2009

Phluph - Phluph (us 1968)

Phluph - Phluph (us 1968, VERVE V6-5054)

Formed: Cambridge, MA, United States

* Lee Dudley (vocals, drums),
* Ben Blake (vocals, guitar),
* John Pell (vocals, bass),
* Joel Maisano (vocals, organ).

A1. Dr. Mind 2:51
A2. It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry 2:41
A3. In Her Way 3:03
A4. Another Day 4:40
A5. Girl in Tears 3:10
B1. Ellyptical Machine 2:30
B2. Lovely Lady 5:50
B3. Death of a Nation 2:30
B4. Love Eyes 6:56
B5. Patterns 2:33

Psychedelic Boston-based band who cut a single brilliant album in 1968.
Hailing from Boston in the late sixties, Phluph recorded their one and only album for the Verve record label before drifting off into obscurity. One wonders why such a talented group never achieved success in the music industry. Perhaps Verve, being a predominatly jazz based label, did not know how to promote the band properly. Or perhaps it was because Phluph were part of the ill-fated "Bosstown Sound" scene which caused such a furore in the music industry at that time.
Phluph never survived the backlash and disappeared, leaving behind their sole album cut for Verve in 1968. Since its rediscovery the album has garnered some disparaging reviews from some quarters, yet has been lauded by others. In all honesty Phluph is not as ground breaking or experimental as other albums from that era but nevertheless it still stands as a great slice of psychedelic pop.
It is an album very much of its time, combining all the elements most people would expect from a late sixties piece; fuzz guitar, close harmonies, thinly veiled drug references in the lyrics and a heavy amount of organ grinding.
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BALTICOS said...

Thanks for shared this album! Greetings from Chile!!

Unknown said...

Once upon a time there was a great bar band called the Rockin' Ramrods who began throwing in some really weird instrumental breaks and oddball songs. I wonder what this album would've sounded like w/ a different producer.

--Jonathan "Mako" Sharkey