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Andwella's Dream - 1969 - Love And Poetry
Opa-LokaDate: Friday, 23 May 2008, 18:12 | Message # 1
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Andwella's Dream - 1969 - Love And Poetry

01 - The Days Grew Longer For Love
02 - Sunday

03 - Lost A Number Found A King
04 - Man Without A Name

05 - Clockwork Man
06 - Cocaine

07 - Shades Of Grey
08 - High On A Mountain

09 - Andwella
10 - Midday Sun

11 - Take My Road
12 - Felix

13 - Goodbye

Andwellas Dream released one album, Love & Poetry, on CBS in the UK in the late 1960s that is highly regarded by some psychedelic collectors. It is an eclectic but unmemorable affair that touches upon a number of approaches—heavy progressive rock-tinged psychedelia with keyboards, fruity pop-psych with strings and fairytale-type lyrics, folk- and blues-informed material bridging psych and prog—common to British rock of the period. The group changed their name to Andwella and subsequently released a couple of albums under that name.

Although Andwellas Dream were a versatile psychedelic group, they were nonetheless generic no matter what angle they were taking. On Love and Poetry, you get sustained guitar that walks the line between freakbeat and heaviness; some swirling organ and husky vocals that betray the influence of Traffic and Procol Harum; pastoral acoustic folky tunes in the Donovan style; airy-fairy dabs of phased guitars and storybook lyrics; etc. Eclecticism is to be commended, and since late-1960s British psychedelia is an interesting genre in and of itself, generic music in the sub-genre is more interesting than some other generic music in other styles. Still, generic music is generic music, and being able to do a bunch of different things in an unexceptional manner does not make you exceptional. The fairly tuneful folk-rocker "Midday Sun" is the best cut; it's also interesting to hear a song about "Cocaine" in 1969, before the drug was too well known even in the counterculture.

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