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Main » 2006 » August » 25 » Human Expression - Love At Psychedelic Velocity (1966-67)
Human Expression - Love At Psychedelic Velocity (1966-67)


Because of their masterpiece track  that called "Optical Sound",
I choose my user name.
Of course included it  in this album (CD), as all their fantastic singles that issued in decate of 60's  (4 singles in total).
All Humans Expression's singles (a & b sides) are  great garage/psychedelic tunes !!
However, in 1994 the Collectables records,  released an CD ''Love At Psychedelic Velocity'', which compiles all the band's  singles, plus demos and four post-Human Expression solo tracks cut by Jim  Quarles. The CD also includes excellent liner notes, from which this entry has  largely been taken, and is recommended to fans of the band.
Unfortunately for  me, till now there is any vynil re-issue and even if I don't like to buy Cds, I  have done for this lovely obscure and most desirable 60's garage psych groups  !

Human  Expression's story and discography:

Singles (45's):

1 Readin' Your Will / Everynight (Acetate Demo)  Summer 1966 Singles
2  Love At  Psychedelic Velocity/Everynight (Accent 1214) Summer 1966
3 Optical Sound / Calm Me Down (Acetate Demo)  Winter 1966
4 Optical Sound/Calm  Me Down (Accent 1226) Winter 1966
5 Sweet Child Of Nothingness / I Don't Need  Nobody (Accent 1252) Summer 1967

The band was formed in 1966 by Jim Quarles (lead  vocals), Jim Foster (rhythm guitar), Martin Eshleman (lead guitar), Tom Hamilton  (bass), and Armand Poulin (drums), with Quarles providing the name and Foster's  father as their manager.

Hailing from Westminster and Tustin, California,  this psychedelic punk band were formed early in 1966 and played around the L.A.  area, at clubs such as Gazzari's and USO clubs.

They good deliver on stage what most groups  scarcely achieved on record, an intensely virtuoso musicality coupled with punk  defiance and a charismatic projection of all of these elements. In a different  reality, they might've been a more mature and serious competitor to the Seeds,  perhaps even succeeding at doing what the Doors did, only without the literary  pretentions or personal excesses--equally impressive was the fact that most of  the songs that the Human Expression played were originals by Quarles and Foster,  who were entirely self-taught songwriters; Quarles later admitted that he wrote  from his heart and instinct, without over-intellectualizing any of it, and the  results seemed to pay off when coupled with the band's musicianship--their demos  were as good as many contemporary groups' released singles

An acetate Readin' Your Will / Everynight cut in  the Summer of '66 got them a deal with Accent, who released two awesome  acid-punk singles in the shape of Love At Psychedelic Velocity and Optical  Sound. Both singles were mixed by Wally Heider who also worked for the Grateful  Dead, and are now extremely sought-after and impossibly hard to  find.

"Optical Sound" b/w  "Calm Me Down," released in 1967, showed the group becoming more experimental,  utilizing studio electronic effects. "Optical Sound" itself, as a title, was  extremely clever, carrying with it connotations out of both psychedelia and  film. It was impressive, but that single wasn't the breakthrough that the band  had hoped for.

After Optical  Sound proved too far-out for the Charts, the band's manager offered them the  opportunity to record two tracks by what he described as "an up-and coming  songwriter".

The first demo  Sweet Child Of Nothingness would become their third single, and the other track  was turned down because Jim Quarles' didn't think lyrics like "Get your motor  running / Head out on the highway" were any good. The song was of course Mars  Bonfire's Born To Be Wild which Steppenwolf would later  cover!!

The Human  Expression's downfall came with the decision over what was to be their third  single. Offered a pair of songs to choose from, they selected a number called  "Sweet Child of Nothingness." The one they rejected was a song authored by Mars  Bonfire called "Born To Be Wild," because Quarles had some doubts about the  lyrics.
By the time the Sweet  Child Of Nothingness / I Don't Need Nobody single was recorded, both Jim Quarles  and Martin Eshleman had left the band.

This decision, which proved disastrous when  Steppenwolf took their version of the song to the top of the charts, coincided  with a major personnel shake-up--lead guitarist Martin Eschleman was injured and  had to be replaced, and Quarles didn't like the new line-up and  exited.
The Human Expression's  history ended.

Jim Quarles  is still active in the music business, working in a studio as a technical  engineer, and writing and recording songs.

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