Sold Date: March 19, 2017
Start Date: March 14, 2017
Final Price: $1,225.00 (USD)
Bid Count: 54
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                             ORIGINAL 1970 FIRST PRESS



                  ~ TRIPSICHORD ~


              Tripsichord Music Box


                    USA - JANUS RECORDS - JLS 3016



RARE and highly wanted ...Original 1970 first printing of the highly rated San Francisco-Sound underground hippie psych band TRIPSICHORD who shortened their name from TRIPSICHORD MUSIC BOX ... the Lp has always been hard to find, some 46 years later potentially goes for heaps of $ in busy auction action...

The notorious San Francisco group TRIPSICHORD is also known to have toured in the early 70’s as “the fake Moby Grape” – a marketing scam created by the evil Matthew Katz (band manager, label mogal), who himself was trying to capitalize on the legendary Grape’s short-lived success.

Tripsichord (also referred to as the Tripsichord Music Box) was actually a fine band with a killer rating, a real group too, who would go on to release a phantasic album in 1970. Prior to their sole album (a Janus label release), the group recorded material for Katz that ended up on the Fifth Pipe Dream compilation. These cuts are solid SF acid rock – heavy on intensity and dark aura, brooding harmony vocals and great FUZZ guitar work.

Their only LP release is a midpoint between the psych sounds of early Quicksilver Messenger Service and Moby Grape’s shorter, more concise material – psych influenced rural rock/folk rock with plenty of stoned ruminations and lots of melodic guitar work – the classic SF sound. Regarding this Tripsichord album, Fuzz, Acid & Flower’s Clark Faville added, “their self-titled album (recorded in 1969) proves conclusively that they alone carried the torch during that year that was once shared by Quicksilver Messenger Service, Frumious Bandersnatch and Moby Grape.

The Tripsichord album was essentially what the world was hoping for in Quicksilver's Shady Grove would be! The record is an embarrassing wealth of riches both musically and in its dark and menacing lyrical imagery. The dual guitar interplay on this under-rated gem is as good as anything by the three groups mentioned and has stood the test of time well.” If the album has a weak spot, it’s “Short Order Steward,” a boring blues jam that’s nearly rescued by fine guitar soloing. The remaining cuts are excellent. “Fly Baby” and “Black Door” are two of the better unknown SF psych cuts (Fly Baby features great tribal rhythms) while the album’s last cut, “Everlasting Joy,” lifts off with inspired guitar leads. Other gems are the relaxed rural-rock of “We Have Passed On” and the mystical musings of “Narrow Way.” If you’re interested in hearing & collecting an original nugget from the West Coast scene, here's your chance ...

 *Randy Gordon—drums
*Frank Straight—guitar
*Dave Zandonatti—bass
*Oliver Mckinney—keyboards and organ
*Bill Carr—vocals
*Ron McNeeley-vocals

On The Last Ride - 4:42
We Have Passed Away - 2:45
Black Door - 2:55
The New Word - 4:40
Son Of The Morning - 5:34
Short Order Steward - 5:04
The Narrow Gate - 3:35
Fly Baby - 6:26
         Everlasting Joy - 4:19              


CONDITION: The cover: rated: "EX" (excellent) TOP COPY - would be rated M- but for very light visible previous handling, minor, see photo, no rub wear ...very final collection worthy  ....Still has fresh colors -- there are no split seams, no delete marks and no writing  ... 

The vinyl: Rated: M- overall filled with shine ...smooth and clear...plays perfect = no audio problem plays clean ...has CLEAN jANUS labels ...



A cool addition to anyone's music library!


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