Monday, November 23, 2009

Return of the Wizard

NOT Gandalf as in the man behind the music in the 1986 Jim Henson film, Labyrinth featuring David Bowie, NOT the late 90's/eary 00's Finnish death metal band, and no relation whatsoever to the lovable wizard from your favorite fantasy thriller, but rather a 1969 Captiol Records American psychedelic flop that has since resurfaced and achieved an incredible cult following.

It was a total failure for a couple of reasons in the late 1960's.

1) It was apparently originally packaged and briefly sold with the incorrect record in the pictured LP sleeve.
2) Capitol basically used the band as an experiment in sales, forcing them to change their name from The Rahgoos to Ganfalf, thus furthering public confusion and increasing the damage done to the band's name and then assumed lack of integrity.

The record is great though. Pleasant psych rock with mild organ jams and really rich lyrics and creative content. It's currently back in print (Sundazed/Capitol) and yes, you need it.

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