Disc One 1. Come to Arkham (Wear the Wind in Your Hair) - Byron Fenris 2. Electric Rejuvenation - The Red-Eyed Dogs 3. Erich Zann - The Howl 4. Twitch of the Death Nerve - The Gyre Falcons 5. Flowers and Lies - The Barrow Wights 6. Where the Sun Touches the Sky - The Conqueror Wyrms 7. The Cold Fathom - The Plasma Miasma 8. The Eyes Behind the Stars - The Shadow Show 9. The Winter Sun - The Plasma Miasma 10. I See Through Time - The Howl 11. With a Pale Strange Light She Shines - The Arch Angels
Disc Two 1. (Help Me to) Get Out of My Mind - The Plasma Miasma 2. A Wind on Calvary - The Conqueror Wyrms 3. War Machine - The Gyre Falcons 4. Steal My Breath - The Barrow Wights 5. Persephone Knows - The Shadow Show 6. The Asp - The Howl 7. Dandelion Wine - The Barrow Wights 8. A Heart Encased in Shadows - The Gyre Falcons 9. Do You Fear the Dark? - The Conqueror Wyrms 10. Great God of Madness - The Plasma Miasma
Disc Three (Instrumentals) 1. The Hyades 2. Thine Eye Offends Thee 3. Alhazred 4. She Sleeps by the Side of the Sea 5. The March to the Scaffold
the late 60's Arkham, Massachusetts produced a variety of interesting
groups, and evolved what eventually became known as the "Arkham Sound".
Though overshadowed by the much-hyped "Bosstown Sound" from relatively
nearby Boston, fans and scholars of the era believe the Arkham Sound to
be far more organic and unique, noted for its dark overtones and rich
lyricism. Though bands such as The Conqueror Wyrms and The Plasma Miasma
even charted regionally, oddly few of these tracks have appeared on
previous reissues or comps, with the exception of course of "Come to
Arkham (Wear the Wind in Your Hair)" which is ubiquitous on budget
oldies compilations. To the best of my knowledge, other than cuts on
later volumes of the "Psychotic Moose and the Soul Searchers" series,
which are beyond rare, none of these tracks have appeared elsewhere.
Now Dark Lord Rob, formerly of late 80's garage/psych band The Not Quite,
has done the world an enormous favor by assembling a complilation of
some of these forgotten tracks in conjunction with the imminent release
of The Miskatonic Acid Test, a
documentary film he has assembled from recently rediscovered vintage
footage. Combining album tracks, rare singles, and choice live tracks
from the movie's soundtrack, this collection gives a fine overview of
the era and makes one wonder why more of this material hasn't surfaced.
It almost makes you wonder whether there was something to those old
record collector tales of the music being "cursed".
Disc Three seems to be incidental music from the movie?
an interesting side note that relates to previous posts on this blog, I
can't help noticing that Veronica Sharpe, lead singer for The Gyre Falcons, bears a strong vocal resemblance to Chris Horne, lead singer for The Brood. Perhaps they are related somehow?
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