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SQUARE – MAGIC LANTERN
– INSANELY RARE PRIVATE PRESSING ON THE SMALL 'CHAPPARAL'
LABEL; - ORIGINAL 1968 CHAPPARAL MONO LP CRM-2001
The music of the album
was used to accompany the Baron and Bailey Light Circus at the Museum of Contemporary Art
and was an integral part of the Circus's audio-visual presentation and
performance; the album did not see it's first full, official commercial release
for more than 40 years.
ONLY ABOUT 100 COPIES ARE
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN MADE (AND EVEN LESS ACTUALLY HANDED OUT TO THE BARNUM
& BAILEY VISITORS), OF WHICH WE CAN COMFORTABLY SAY THAT LESS THAN 50
COPIES SURVIVE; COPIES IN GOOD CONDITION ARE PRACTICALLY UNKNOWN (WE DO NOT
BELIEVE A TRULY NEAR MINT COPY HAS EVER
BEEN SPOTTED), AND THIS IS EASILY ONE OF THE FINEST SPECIMENS EXTANT!
EASILY ONE OF THE
TOP-20 RAREST AMERICAN RECORDS IN EXISTENCE AND ONE OF TOP-10 RAREST
PSYCHEDELIC RECORDS KNOW. IN TERMS OF
SHEER RARITY, THIS INCEDIBLE PIECE SCORES OFF THE CHARTS AND STRAIGHT INTO THE
EVERYTHING YOU ALWAYS WANTED - AND EXPECTED FROM A
SUPREMELY WELL-DONE PSYCHEDELIC RECORDING SESSION IS HERE, AND MORE AND THEN
QUITE SOME: SCREAMING, DISTORTED, FUZZY AND CRUNCHY GUITARS; MIND-TRIPPING LYRICS, WARPED TIME SIGNATURES; SNOTTY, GARAGEY AND TOTALLY HALLUCINOGENIC
DELIVERY; CRUDE AND BARE-BONES
PRODUCTION; SOARING, SPIRITUAL FEMALE VOCALS AND VICIOUS, BLISTERING RHYTHM
SECTION; TO MAKE THINGS EVEN MORE INTRIGUING, THESE GUYS (AND A GIRL) WEREN'T
EVEN FROM THE WEST COAST, ALTHOUGH 90% OF THE LISTENERS WOULD CONFUSE THEM FOR A SAN FRANCISCO BAND IN AN INSTANT;
IN FACT, THE GROUP HAILED FROM CHICAGO!
PLAIN WHITE 'CHAPPARAL' LABEL WITH BLACK PRINT AND NO
GRAPHICS OR ARTWORK OF ANY KIND
THIS IS THE ORIGINAL, AUTHENTIC, FIRST U.S. PRESSING; THIS IS
NOT A REISSUE, AN IMPORT, OR A COUNTERFEIT PRESSING.
CARDBOARD COVER (AMERICAN STYLE): THIS IS A CRUDELY CONSTRUCTED COVER WITH
SCREAMING-PINK DAY-GLO PAPER SLICKS PASTED ONTO THE WHITE CARDBOARD; THE
SCREAMIN-PINK COVER IS PARTICULARLY VISUALLY STRIKING, BOLD AND HYPNOTIC.
ESSENTIALLY, YOU CAN TRIP TO IT WHILE
YOU ARE LISTENING TO THE DISC.
THICK, HEAVY VINYL
CLEAN, WEAR-FREE LABELS
(►PLEASE SEE THE IMAGE OF THE COVER, LABEL
OR BOTH, SHOWN BELOW)
this is a REAL image of the ACTUAL item you are bidding on. This
is NOT a "recycled" image from our previous auction. What you see is what you'll get. GUARANTEED!)
This album right here is one
of the rarest psychedelic rock albums ever released. If you want the original
first pressing of this LP you'll need to pay few thousand dollars for it
depending on the condition of the record. There were only 100 of these first
pressings made so it's very easy to understand why this record is so valuable.
Record collectors consider this as one of the biggest psych jewels there is.
And what about the music?
The music is very classy psychedelic rock with awesome instrumental work and
pretty long songs. The lead vocalist Gloria Lambert does a good work too.
"Train Kept-a-Rollin'" ain't as impressive as the other five numbers
but it's a quite nice version of that song too. Rest of the songs are their own
material and those are all more or less perfect. Just listen to
"Amapola" or "Funeral" for example and you'll understand.
That album cover is
brilliant I think. It's so simple but that pink color is really magical. I like
this record very much but I'm having some difficulties with my rating. I'd like
to give this album five stars since this is really remarkable experience of
psych rock. But on the other hand there are some parts ("Train
Kept-a-Rollin'") that aren't as perfect as some others. That means this
album ain't totally flawless.
It doesn't matter. I'll rate
Magic Lantern with five stars. Five amazing tracks and one good cover version
found in here. If you're a 60's hippie rock fan and you don't give a try to
this LP that might be one of the biggest mistakes you can make. I have the 2009
Void records reissue
One of the most hugely
overlooked classics of the psychedelic 60's. Haymarket Square's Magic Lantern
represents some of the best obscured psychedelia you can get. Their sound is so
unique offering us flaming guitarwork by Marc Swenson, stunning drumming by
John Kowalski, great bass by Robert Homa and of course the beautiful lead
vocals of Gloria Lambert.
Like I said, all of these
songs are pretty lengthy (except "Phantasmagoria") and so much of the
material here is just great jamming. That is one reason why I like this album
so much. I have nothing bad to say about this record and for me, it remains as
one of the best obscure albums from the 60's so I have to give full 5 stars.
record and for every psych lover this is absolutely essential for checking out.
(EXCERPTS FROM TWO ANONYMOUS ONLINE REVIEWS)
unless otherwise noted, ALL records are graded visually, and NOT play-graded!;
we grade records under the strong,
diffuse room light or discrete sunlight)
WE GRADE THE VINYL AS STRONG VERY GOOD++ .
CAUTION: The vinyl is NOT MINT or NEAR MINT, but is nevertheless in a
very nice and clean condition. There are some surface marks and abrasions,
mostly light and superficial, although some may be longer than 1.1/4 inches (1
inch = 2.5 centimeters)
The record is pressed on a beautiful, thick, inflexible vinyl, which
was usually used for the first or very early pressings. Usually, the sound on
such thick vinyl pressings is full-bodied, vivid, and even dramatic. Do not
expect to obtain such a majestic analog sound from a digital recording!
Of course, this is a full-bodied ANALOG recording, and not
an inferior, digital recording!!!
THE COVER IS NICE --- ABOUT
EXCELLENT OR VERY GOOD++.
The following flaws or
imperfections are noted on the cover:
Cover has JUST A HINT of ring wear (nothing significant); On
the scale from 1 to 10 (1 being the least, and
10 being the most severe), we assess the severity of ring wear as 2.