Friday, January 29, 2010

Third Ear Band-The Magus

The Third Ear Band made their way around the free festival circuit in the late 60s. From there they went on to do some soundtrack work (most notably for Polanski's MacBeth). Their earlier, raga infused space jams turned the heads of many heads. John Peel thumbed some Jew's harp on their first album. They even opened for the Stones at their Hype Park concert. Yet somehow, this album remained unreleased until a few years back. Odd, because it really shows them moving into a more conventional (if they ever really do get conventional) style. Less jammy and more song oriented, yet definitely on the weird side. To my ear, some of these songs seem to predict elements later incorporated by numerous goth bands. But that's just my ear.


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