• h.m.s. bounty Things (CD, £12.95)

    label: Gearfab

    At last available again on CD (after being out of print since the late '90s), it's the magical 1968 psychedelic masterpiece 'Things', recorded by Merrell Fankhauser's H.M.S. Bounty and originally released by Uni Records' subsidiary Shamley. The album is awash in stoned vocals, walls of sitar and thick fuzz tones, and is best described as acid folk-rock. The music has been linked to bands as diverse as Buffalo Springfield, Spirit, The Byrds and Cream. With a background in early '60s surf music, Fankhauser made other more excellent obscure recordings in the late '60s/early '70s with Farpardokly and Mu.

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