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ARTIST
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Paradise Now
FORMAT
CD

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FREE 9105016 FREE 9105016
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RELEASE DATE
6/26/2006

Repro of Group 1850's second album, originally released in 1969 (never been officially reissued and apparently never will be). One of the truly deserving European post-Floyd psych explorations. A little more "spread out" than Agemo's Trip but equally cool. This is the end of their peak period, they would follow this with some live albums and the lesser Polyandri in 1975 before termination. "This is an interesting, if sometimes exasperating, late-'60s Dutch band who ranks among the most accomplished and original Continental rock acts of the era, though they made little impression in English-speaking territories. Starting as a more or less conventional beat band in the mid-'60s, they had taken a turn for the more psychedelic and bizarre by 1967. Determined to drive into the heart of the psychedelic beast, their songs (performed in English) are quite eclectic for the era, shifting from doom-laden tempos with growling vocals to sunny, utopian passages with breezy harmonies. The group could be roughly labeled as a mixture of the early Mothers of Invention (whom they supported at a Dutch concert in 1967) and Pink Floyd without much of a sense of humor; their songs are intriguing and not without powerful hooks, and the lyrics ambitious (if often inscrutable). " -- Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide