Animated Egg, The

Band members               Related acts

- Jerry Cole -- guitar



- The Black Diamonds 

- The Inner Sounds of the Id





Genre: psych 

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  Animated Egg

Company: Alshire

Catalog: AL 5104

Year: 1967

Country/State: USA

Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+

Comments: still has immaculate sheen

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4814

Price: $120.00

Cost: $50.00


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:
(side 1)

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) - 

(side 2)

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".



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