segunda-feira, 2 de junho de 2008

Fever Tree - Another Time, Another Place (1968 US Psychedelic Rock)


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The second (and arguably most fully realized) album from Texas psychedelic band Fever Tree, Another Time, Another Place owes less to the sound of roots-based contemporaries like the 13th Floor Elevators, Moving Sidewalks, or the Sir Douglas Quintet and more to heavier West Coast acid rock. One of the most underrated '60s psych bands, Fever Tree comes off like a coincidental midnight meeting of Jim Morrison, Steppenwolf, Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly, and Jimi Hendrix at the tail end of a drug and whiskey binge. Luckily, however, the group transcends its influences by sheer force of attitude.
The material here (mostly written by producers Scott Holtzman and Vivian Holtzman) is of generally pretty high quality, wisely avoiding too much of the drippy "ice cream cones and cosmic smiles" type stuff that bogged down the work of pretenders like Ultimate Spinach and Tricycle. Fever Tree was always a real, down and dirty rock band, and this record is no exception. Although in the liner notes the group stops just short of apologizing for including the oft-covered song "Fever," this version actually kicks some serious ass. Other highlights include the bawdy, roadhouse-style rocker "What Time Did You Say It Is in Salt Lake City," "Grand Candy Young Sweet" (a frightening, tuned-down plodder that sounds like Soundgarden's Kim Thayil jamming with Jandek), and the excellent chamber pop tune "Death Is a Dancer."
The album's only questionable moment comes with "I've Never Seen an Evergreen," a sullen, hazy drug song that might have fit perfectly on a Roky Erikson album, but just sounds out of place here. Also of note is the over seven-minute instrumental "Jokes Are for Sad People," which fulfills the unwritten psychedelic statute requiring one long trippy jam per album, but thankfully does so with a minimum of pointless noodling and a generous helping of compositional flair. ~ Pemberton Roach, All Music Guide

Rob Landes (Keyboards)
Rob Landes (Wind)
Dennis Keller (Vocals)
John Tuttle (Percussion)
E.E. Wolfe (Bass)
Michael Knust (Guitar)

1- Man Who Paints The Pictures (Part2)
2- What Time Did You Say It Is In Salt Lake City
3- Don't Come Crying To Me Girl
4- Fever
5- Grand Candy Young Sweet
6- Jokes Are For Sad People
7- I've Never Seen Evergreen
8- Peace Of Mind
9- Death Is The Dancer
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