Friday, December 7, 2007

Locksley Hall (1969-70)

Locksley Hall was one of the better known psychedelic bands in the Pacific Northwest during their existence from 1967 thru' 1970. The album was recorded in 1969 at the legendary Audio Recorders in Seattle with long time Northwest guitarist Ned Neltner (Mark Five, Gas Company, Junior Cadillac) producing and Sonics engineer Kearny Barton at the console. It remained unreleased until the limited edition came out in 1996. The album reminds us of every band who ever played the Fillmore West in the late sixties and blends together elements of It's A Beautiful Day, Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and The Holding Co. Recommended.
(taken from "Fuzz, Acid & Flowers")

While a lot of co-ed groups of the era sound rather generic, Locksley Hall manages to escape identity in a slightly different way. This album plays almost like a sampler of West Coast music. On various songs they sound like Country Joe & The Fish, Jefferson Airplane, The Charlatans, Big Brother & The Holding Company, and the Association. Despite the crudeness of the recordings there’s a definite sense of professionalism here. They’re more appealing as a hard rock band than a soft rock band, but the only real dud here is the good timey song that ends side one. Both the male and female vocals are quite good, though as is often the case they sound much better apart than together. There is some excellent guitar playing here and a few very solid songs, most notably a long rocker on side one. The mix of styles is a bit disconcerting, but overall, this is much better than a lot of genre albums that did end up getting major label releases at the time. The LP was recorded in Seattle for Epic in the late 1960s but not released at the time. [AM]
(taken from "The Acid Archives")

- Locksley Hall (Poem)
- Boy
- Let me blow out your candle
- Baby blue eyes
- D-O-P-E
- Some say love
- What does a lonely heart do?
- Que-Bell
- Wake up (Tubby's tune)
- When autumn leaves turn to gold
- Locksley Hall (Poem)

Ben Stanley (gtr, vcls)
Shannon Svenson (vcls)
Kevin Svenson (back vcls)
Roy Castleman (bs, vcls)
Denny Langdale (keyb'ds)
Randy Thompson (drms)

Band origin:
Spokane (Washington/US)

1. Locksley Hall (OR 013) 1996 [rec. 1969-70]

Get it here (Artwork included / vinyl rip)

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Anonymous said...

I been waiting to here this one for a long time . thanks

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for this keep rockin'

Anonymous said...

Was privileged to meet Kevin for the first at a neighborhood hangout today. Thanks for the info on the band.