has immaculate sheen
catalog ID: 4814
Here's a weird one ...
The Burbank, California-based Alshire label was best known for it's cheapy
international music ("The Sounds of Spain", "The Tijuana
Sound", "Hawaiian Paradise") and 101 String MOR collections.
In pursuit of profit more than content to jump on a promising musical trend,
1967 saw the label shell out some cash to have anonymous studio musicians
write and record a series of psych and metal oriented instrumentals.
Slapping a pseudo-trippy cover on the results (ignore the dazed long haired
teens pictured on the cover since they certainly had nothing to do with the
set), the cleverly titled "The Animated Egg"
proved surprising accomplished. With little at stake, the anonymous band (no
performing or writing credits provided ), roared through an all-instrumental
set; material such as "A Love Built On Sand", "I Said, She
Said, Ah Cid" and "Sock It My Way" heavy on fuzz, feedback
and swirling organ. Elsewhere, "Sippin' an Trippin'" offered up a
nifty slice of Byrds-styled jangle rock, while "Tomorrow"
was a blatant rip-off of The Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'".
Sure, it wasn't going to change your life, but in terms of enjoyment the set
was a blast. Name an album where it sounds like the band had as much fun at
the recording session ...
"The Animated Egg" track listing:
1.) A Love Built On Sand (instrumental) -
2.) Inside Looking Out (instrumental) -
3.) I Said, She Said, Ah Cid (instrumental) -
4.) "T"morrow (instrumental) -
5.) Sure Listic (instrumental) -
1.) Silpin' an
Trippin' (instrumental) -
2.) Dark (instrumental) -
3.) Down, Down and Gone (instrumental) -
4.) Sock It My Way (instrumental) -
5.) That's How It Is (instrumental) -
To make it even more complicated, Alshire reissue some of the material (and
other stuff apparently recorded at the same sessions) credited to 101
Strings "Astro Sounds from Beyond the Year 2000" (with a wonderful
cheesy cover), Bebe Bardon and 101 Strings "The Sounds of
Love" and The Black Diamonds' "A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix".