Classic electro prog from 1973 by TONY (T.S.) MCPHEE from legendary UK blues rockers THE GROUNDHOGS - edited & remixed by REVBJELDE.
"9 out of 10" FOUNDSOUNDS - DJ MAG
“great job resurrecting this!”
QUINTON SCOTT – STRUT RECORDS
“I didn't know this - bonkers! It’s great”
PETE REILLY - SOUL JAZZ RECORDS
“Dope - levitating sounds and frequencies!”
DJ MAWKUS – BROOKLYN
“BIG! Amazing psychedelic sound - we enter another sound dimension” AZAXX - FRANCE
“wohaa – epic! grabbing now”
“liking this a lot - good find + a nice remix as well”
MIKE STUKES - MYSTIC VYBES, WHCR 90.3FM NY
“reminds me of Bowie in Berlin or Amon Düül - real tough release” FLASHBAXX - GERMANY
playlisted BANDCAMP WEEKLY 14th Jan 2015
TONY MCPHEE is one of the most influential guitarists to have emerged from the 1960s blues explosion. He founded THE GROUNDHOGS in 1963 who quickly became the backing band of choice for UK tours by JOHN LEE HOOKER, JACK DUPREE, JIMMY REED & HOWLING WOLF. He also toured with THE ROLLING STONES and made several appearances on TOP OF THE POPS & THE OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST in the 1970's.
"an ultra-hip, utopian musical force...recording alongside Can, Hawkwind & Amon Duul 2 for the Liberty label...frantic, unresolved, post-blues played at breakneck speed with a hard, non-hippy idealism & drums sounding like the god Thor using a gasworks as tom-toms" JULIAN COPE
In 1973 Tony released a solo LP - The Two Sides of Tony (T.S.) McPhee featuring a collection of personal blues songs. However, side two of the album presented something entirely different - a single track, 19 minutes long with no guitars, two newly purchased ARP2600 synthesizers, organ and a Bentley Rhythm Ace drum machine.
THE HUNT is breathtakingly original - a stark, almost medieval, distorted slab of industrial electronics that precedes acts such as Throbbing Gristle, Suicide & Cabaret Voltaire by years. Tony also provides a vitriolic, anti-fox hunting, anti-establishment vocal giving the finger to the landed gentry.
We're thrilled to present an edited version of the original 19 minute track, on limited edition 7" vinyl + download, tastefully condensed by radiophonic folkies REVBJELDE who also provide a screaming electro-waltz remix on the flipside.
released February 10, 2015
written and produced by Tony McPhee
edited & remixed by Revbjelde
Amazing from start to finish. Sort of like encountering Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music for the first time, it's like stepping off a spiral staircase into the deep end of a whole 'nother universe of mysteries. "Triptik 2", the closer, is one of the most jaw-droppingly strange/hypnotic collisions of jazz, electronica, psychedelia and WTF I've ever heard - and yet it somehow works. Bought both volumes just on the strength of the first one & hoping there are many more to be issued. rocketmorton
REALLY wish I'd subscribed sooner to be able to enjoy this on vinyl! Curious the artist cited 12 Monkeys and not La Jetee as one of the key inspirations. For me, this has a more somber, introspective and timeless feel more akin to La Jetee than 12 Monkeys (though I also am a big fan of Terry Gilliam). Gorgeous music and you get the bonus of a list of excellent movies to enjoy (another note to the artist: Time Crimes is also a good film to watch). Now to somehow procure a vinyl copy... Anthony Childs
Fascinating chat with Mr. Concretism. Great to hear about his synths and software and the track by track analysis of The Concretism Archive vol.1 adds to the listening experience - more of that sort of thing please! Infinite Tapes