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In the late 1960s, a mysterious self-titled LP credited to the Animated Egg presented a set of guitar-dominated instrumental psychedelic rock. Eventually it was learned that the principal instrumentalist behind The Animated Egg was renowned Los Angeles session guitarist Jerry Cole; the record was cut, according to his recollection, in one session with no overdubs. That album is included in its entirety on this CD, which is actually more a compilation of Cole's psychedelic exploitation recordings than a straight reissue of the Animated Egg album, as it also adds 11 tracks in the same vein from other obscure LPs of the time on which he played. Cole is an excellent guitarist, and gets appropriately smoking fuzz out of his axe on The Animated Egg by playing a Les Paul guitar through a Fuzz Face. But you need more than virtuosity to make a good record. You also need good material, and these songs, if not made up on the spot, certainly seem like hastily conceived generic or incidental psychedelic background music (liberally copping from the Spencer Davis Group's "Gimme Some Lovin'" in the case of ""T"Omorrow"). Cole's backed by adequate psychedelic a-go-go arrangements (including organ that, according to Cole, was probably played by a young Billy Preston), also moving into raga rock ("Sure Listic"), and credible simulation of Roger McGuinn's 12-string folk-rock/psychedelic work ("Sippin' and Trippin'"). Echoes of Cole's rock & roll and surf pasts surface on "Dark," and "That's How It Is" gets into a Latin-jazz-soul boogaloo groove, though psychedelic fans will probably be most impressed by the devastating shimmering fuzz of "Sock It My Way," the cut on which Cole really lets it most hang out. The 11 tracks taken from records other than The Animated Egg include selections from Cole-speared performances featured on late-'60s efforts credited to studio-only outfits the Generation Gap, T. Swift & the Electric Bag, and the Projection Company. While these generally milk the same instrumental psychsploitation bag, actually they contain some of the better items on this CD, Cole unleashing some searing fuzz on "Fool's Luck"; offering more convincing McGuinn-isms on "What's Y
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Type: LP
Recorded: 2008
Release Date: 2008-11-25
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
Country: US
Item No: SUZ5260.1
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Track List
01 A love built on sand - 3:03
02 Inside looking out - 3:00
03 I said she said ah cid - 2:13
04 Sure listic - 1:48
05 Sippin' and trippin' - 2:09
06 Dark - 1:53
07 Down down and gone - 2:21
08 Sock it my way - 3:25
09 That's how it is - 3:27
10 Fool's luck [*] - 3:16
11 What's your bag? [*] - 2:08
12 Boil the kettle [*] - 3:06
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