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Looking Back On the Future
UK-based Jon Harflett and John Perkins began playing together in 1967, but their sole album, the beautifully melodic and intimate Looking Back On The Future, didn't appear until 1975. Though critically praised, it was only issued as a private pressing and was thus condemned to obscurity until its legend began to grow through collectors and bootleggers. This is its first official issue, and comes complete with rare photographs, bonus tracks and detailed liner notes by the duo, making it an essential purchase for all lovers of acid folk.
"Former bootleg and very worthy slice of later UK folk heaven, Dawnwind's lone LP has been done up real righteous by your friends at Sunbeam. A British counterpart to Spain's Book of Am, America's Trees, and Scotland's Caedmon in the splintered, post-Nam, last-gasp class of debuts that graduated the free world's folk revival into oblivion, the perfectly titled Looking Back on the Future was released to a fleeting audience in '76. Always the opening act, never the stars, the duo of Jon Harflett and John Perkins crawled up the mountain together for nearly ten years before making an LP of their very own. As the scene died, the duet recorded a sentimental, celebratory, and defiant solemnization of Greenwich Village, acid-nonviolence, Dylan's harmonica, and freedom busking that, like the best long-awaited debuts, displays striking self-discovery and fully honed vision. While the surreal opener 'Don't Look Now, Karen's Gone to the Moon' is an anachronistic spoon-June folk-psych stunner that stands as one of the select sputniks of the era, their haunting Simon & Garfunkel-style take on John Prine's 'Sam Stone' will bring you all back home. It's not clear if the master tapes survived on this one, but you can trust that Sunbeam's work is peerlessly culled from the finest depots, having filled up the product with the usual exemplary Abbey Road mastering, bonus tracks, original artwork, photos, liners, & legitimacy. Have one." -- Kris Price.