Monday, June 9, 2014
The First and Last Of July
"July were a psychedelic rock band from Ealing, London that were professionally active between 1968 and 1969. The band's music was a blend of psychedelic rock and pop, marked by lush harmonies, acoustic guitars, keyboards, and intricate lead guitar work. Although none of the band's records managed to chart in the UK or the U.S., July are today best remembered for their songs "My Clown", "Dandelion Seeds", and "The Way", which have all been included on a number of compilation albums over the years."
If it wasn't for a Record Store Day conversation with my friend Sal Maida, I may have never heard this music. A limited edition, MONO pressing of July's one and only release was at the top of Maida's RSD want list and I had to ask, "Should I know who July is?" He replied, "It's one of my favorite psych records of all time." That's all I needed to know. So I tracked down this baby, and have been spinning it relentlessly for weeks.
This may not be everyone's cup of tea. One of the two singles, "Dandelion Seeds" is up top and the full LP is below. July sounds like early Pink Floyd at times, or more specifically, like Syd Barrett if he had a bit more focus. There's a lot going on here, at times maybe too much, but it grabbed me and still hasn't let go.