The Moon - Without Earth and the Moon(68-69 psych folk)
One of the better interpretations on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper, The Moons' first album, (the first 12 or so cuts on this CD), "Without Earth", is a psych/pop masterpiece. Horns, sitars, tape effects and studio-trickery abound on the album. The vocals by Moore are very much in the "British" vein as well, sometimes sounding remarkably like John Lennon's. The song-writing is also very solid, as are the backing vocals and melodies; quite a few of the tracks have backing "oohs and aahs" that could've been placed right on Sgt. Pepper and fit right in.
The bands 2nd self titled album included on this CD is a more trippy bluesy affair, and not nearly as exciting or meaningful as their wonderful first. For this reason I had to drop it from a 5 to a 4.5... still, it's a great CD and very much worth owning if you dig 60's psych/pop.
* If you like this album you might want to take a hint from the liner notes and track down a copy of the self-titled album "Colours", fronted by Montgomery and Dalton... 2 guys that contributed to some of the first album on this CD's tracks. *
Mourning Phase - Mourning Phase(1971 folk)