Title - 'WaS' (Prune Twang Music)
Artist - Electric Prunes
The Electric Prunes are an American rock band who first achieved international attention as an experimental psychedelic group in the late 1960s. Indeed, the band even performed its 1966 hit song, 'I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)' on American Bandstand!
Recognized for the song, 'Kyrie Eleison,' which was featured on the soundtrack of Easy Rider, after a period in which they had little control over their music, they disbanded for 30 years.
Then, come 1999 the band reformed and by 2001 the members had resumed recording and touring and still remained active until, well, today!
Those quirky bunch of 60's Psychedelic lovers have now brought out a brand new album, WaS and it's every bit as good (as great) as you were hoping it was to be! It came in the mail this morning, went straight into the player, and bam!
As James Lowe of the Electric Prunes says himself, "The Electric Prunes invite you, our closest friends, to a new adventure! WaS. That WaS the Electric Prunes! It has been a long journey here and we have waited till the planetary alignment was correct for a new release. The lunar eclipse signaled the start of something, tho no one is sure exactly what? We offer WaS as the saucer to fast forward you to the cosmic finish."
A 15 track new CD of unreleased live material, first up is their version of 'Smokestack Lightning,' which is so different from the 1956 Howlin' Wolf version it'll make your head spin! Next up is 'TOKYO,' which is backed by the trippy 'Beauty Queen,' the slightly harder vibes of 'Like Getting High,' and then both the uber melodic 'The Girl Who Crashed My Dream' and then 'Frozen Winter.' Featuring original lead singer James Low, the late Mark Tulin, the current band and on select tracks, lead guitarist Ken Williamson WaS is just one of those albums that instantly transports you back to a time when things meant something in music.
Next up is 'Circles,' a Psychedelic song of the highest order, finger cymbals included, and then the fuzzy hard-edged guitars of 'Between the Cracks.' The fun bounce of 'Blue Sky / Red Dress' is followed by both the wavy 'Love Fade Away' and the speedster 'Bullet Thru the Backseat.'
As the album comes to a close, we get 'Adoration Stuck,' which is my personal favorite from this album, the all-instruments-to-the-pump 'Hollywood Hype,' and then both 'Don't Sneeze On Me' and finally the sing-along of 'Oh My My.'