Hapshash & The Coloured Coat
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Hapshash & The Coloured Coat were protagonists of London's psychedelic boom of 1967. Founded by art students Michael English and Nigel Weymouth, who became famous at the peak of the British psychedelic movement for their colorful and surreal posters, they released the album Featuring The Human Host And The Heavy Metal Kids (Minit, 1967), a chaotic assembly of free-form jamming and percussions (the side-long instrumental Empires Of The Sun, A Mind Blown Is A Mind Shown), muezzin-like chanting (The New Messiah Coming 1985), and hippie melodies (H-O-P-P-Why?). The album featured the entire line-up of the Art (Mike Harrison, Greg Ridley, Mike Kellie, Luther Grosvenor) but the main contributions came from the producer, Guy Stevens, a veritable George Martin of the poor.

Western Flyer (Imperial, 1969), with Tony McPhee and Mike Batt, was an essay in studio arrangement: the material (all covers) is distorted and disfigured by the wealth of electronic effects.

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Francesco Usai)

Hapshash & The Coloured coat furono i protagonisti del boom psichedelico di londra nel 1967.Fondati dagli studenti di arte Michael English e Nigel Weymouth,che divennero famosi all'apice del movimento psichedelico britannico per i loro poster surreali e ricchi di colore,fecero uscire l'album Featuring The Human Host and The Heavy Metal Kids (Minit,1967),un miscuglio caotico di jamming libero e percussioni (il pezzo strumentale che dura un lato Empires Of The Sun,A Mind Blown Is A Mind Shown),un brano col cantato simile ad un muezzin (The New Messiah Coming 1985),e melodie hippie (H-O-P-P-Why?). l'album rappresentava l'intera line up degli Art (Mike Harrison,Greg Ridley,Mike Kellie,Luther Grosvenor) ma il contributo piu' grande venne dal produttore,Guy Stevens, un vero e proprio George Martin dei poveri.

Western Flyer (imperial 1969),con tony McPhee e Mike Batt, fu un saggio sull' arrangiamento in studio: il materiale (tutte cover) Š distorto e sfigurato dalla sanit… degli effetti elettronici.

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