ring, edge and corner wear; little bit of noise but plays through without
any skips or major distractions
catalog ID: SOLD
as The Now, this little known sextet debuted with the 1968 single 'I
Want b/w 'Like a Flying Bird' (Embassy catalog 1968). Picked up by Atlantic's newly
formed Cotillion subsidiary they quickly released an equally unheralded
follow-up single 'Deja Vu' b/w 'A Hard Time' (Cotillion catalog number
opting to change their name to the curious Mr. Flood's Party.
1969's cleverly-titled "Mr. Flood's Party"
offered up a pleasant set which managed to mix lite psychedelia with some
progressive moves. With five of the six members contributing material (Jay
Hirsh and Michael Corbett responsible for the bulk of the set), selections
such as 'Northern Travel', 'Deja Vu' and 'Advice' sounded like a stoned
version of The Association suffering from a J.R.
Tolken fixation (if you doubt the description check out 'Simon J. Stone'). In
hindsight that description probably doesn't sound too attractive ... which isn't fair
since the set's actually pretty entertaining. Full of pretty melodies, nice
harmonies and unorthodox song structures, highlights include the psychy 'The Liquid Invasion' and the dreamy
'Garden of the
Queen'. Elsewhere Cotillion tapped the album for a single: 'Deja Vu'
b/w 'Alice Was A Dream' (Cotillion catalog number 44017).
"Mr. Floods Party" track listing:
1.) Northern Travel (Jay Hirsh - Michael Corbett) - 6:29
2.) Deja Vu (Jay Hersh - R. Amerling) - 4:55
3.) Advice (Freddy Toscano) - 3:06
4.) Prince of Darkness (Jay Hirsh - Freddy Toscano) - 3:55
5.) Simon J. Stone (Jay Hirsh) - 2:30
1.) Stanley's Tea (Jay Hirsh - Marcel Thompsen) - 2:09
2.) The Liquid Invasion (Jay Hirsh) - 4:09
3.) Garden of the Queen (Jay Hirsh - Michael Corbett) - 3:39
4.) The Mind Circus (Jay Hirsh - G. Raines) - 6:50
Needless to say, the set vanished without a trace, followed in short order
by the band. Hirsh and Corbett subsequently continued their musical
collaboration (see separate entry). By the way, the somewhat high
price is warranted by the fact I've only seen two copies of this LP in 20
reappeared with an even harder to find set billed to Fraogs for Everybody'.