DANTALIAN'S CHARIOT Chariot Rising (WHCD005)

1. Madman Running Through The Fields

2. World War Three

3. This Island

4. Fourpenny Bus Ride

5. Four Firemen

6. Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud

7. Recapture The Thrill

8. Soma

9. Coffee Song

10. High Flying Bird

Dantalian's Chariot were one of the seminal Summer-of-'67 London underground players, with regular appearances at subterranean clubs like UFO and the classic psych 45 "Madman Running Through The Fields', but they fell apart after their intended album was rejected by their new record label as "too weird". Over the next thirty years or so, the legend of the Great Lost Dantalian's Chariot reached epic proportions, although many collectors dismissed it as an urban myth. Here, finally, is that cancelled album, taken from the master-tapes, featuring a magnificent 20 page booklet and including such head-spinning lysergic frolics as the wide-eyed "Fourpenny Bus Ride' and the crunching acid rock freak-out "World War Three'. Quite simply an essential item for fans of British psychedelia.

"When organist Zoot Money dismissed his goodtiming Big Roll Band in July 1967 and went psychedelic with guitarist Andy Summers, the soul crowd were rather bemused. £2,000 worth of coloured lights and the sitar-drenched recordings made them one of the more advanced psych acts of that summer, easily holding their own on bills with the Soft Machine and the Pink Floyd, if not out-freaking them. However, their debut album was rejected by their record company, Direction, for being too weird, and a more anodyne collection was issued. This is the material that was left off, plus EMI single "Madman Running Through The Fields'. Lots of '67 signatures: sitars, effects, backward guitars etc. And pretty good stuff it is. Only Zoot's gruff R&B-cured voice sounds occasionally incongruous." (Mojo)

"First issued on vinyl and now superbly repackaged for CD, it includes the elusive, mystical instrumental which was meant as the centrepiece of the project, "This Island', for the first time. Maybe it isn't the great lost psych album of the era, but Chariot Rising does answer that vital question: what would it sound like if you introduced a bunch of booze-hungry R&B ravers to the illicit joys of LSD?" (Record Collector)

"Remarkably strong, ranging from light, refreshing pop melodies like "Recapture The Thrill' and "Coffee Song' (the latter was also cut by Cream) to the blaring guitar freak-out of "World War III' and the strange, dreamily-mooded tale of "Four Firemen'. If there's a lost diamond in the pile, it's "Fourpenny Bus Ride', a colourful piece of English whimsy about the wonderment to be found along the Tooting to Chiswick bus route. The liner notes tell the story well, and the music within is great." (Ugly Things)

 

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