Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sam Gopal - Escalator (uk 1969)

Sam Gopal - Escalator (uk 1969)

Formed:  United Kingdom

* Sam Gopal (tablas, percussion),
* Roger D'Elia (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar),
* Phil Duke (bass),
* Ian "Lemmy" Willis (vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar).

Producer: Trevor Walters.

Also Known As: The Sam Gopal Dream

Genres: Psychedelic Rock

01. Cold Embrace
02. The Dark Lord
03. The Sky Is Burning
04. You're Alone Now
05. Grass
06. It's Only Love
07. Horse
08. Escalator
09. Angry Faces
10. Midsummer Nights Dream
11. Season Of The Witch
12. Yesterlove
13. Back Door Man

Sam Gopal Dream was the soft and trippy raga ensemble fronted by tabla player Sam Gopal. Around the same time they used to play at the UFO in London, Ian Willis (aka Lemmy) was a roadie for Jimi Hendrix, after leaving his Mod band The Rocking Vicars.
The band Sam Gopal plays acid rock for stoners favoring the dark side. Sam Gopal fronts the band and still plays tabla, but Lemmy's voice is the loudest thing in the mix, and his fuzzed-out guitar is all over the disc. He also wrote most of the songs. This record originally came out in 1969 on Stable Records, an obscure label formed by Simon Stable. This label only put out two releases: the Sam Gopal record and The Deviants Disposable.
~ by Verybadboy.
Late-period British psychedelia with snaky psychedelic-blues guitar lines, anguished vocals, a bit of an Eastern-folk bent to the melodies and a sheen of stoned mysticism to the lyrics.
You have to be a very good group to pull this off well, and Sam Gopal were not very good; they were adequate, at best. Not terrible, but they definitely sound like a bill-filler, likely to be found as the opening band for much more interesting musicians in the U.K. in the late 1960s. The songs sound too similar to each other, but it is more low-key than you'd expect given Lemmy's later resume. Fave cut is "Midsummer Night's Dream," which puts the "You Really Got Me" riff to good use in a late '60s psych context (it sounds better than it reads). The CD reissue, taken from "original LP mixes," adds both sides of a non-LP single as bonus tracks.
~ Review by Richie Unterberger [amg].

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