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George-Edwards Group - Archives lp (Drag City Records)


"Originally having made waves with the first release of their 1978 private pressed 38:38 in 2009, The George-Edwards Group is back with this pieced together compilation aptly titled Archives. This new release is a collection of tracks the band recorded sometime between ’78 and the early 80′s. To say that the group is a an enigma would be an understatement. The George-Edwards Group could have just as easily been seen as overly derivative and slavish to the rock of the sixties as they could be considered hip and forward thinking today. The songs here hold together (as well as any random compilation could hope to) but still span out into as many genres as I care to count. The base level reference is psychedelic folk-rock, but the grandiose singing style, electronic experiments and spacey effects make the record disorienting.

Highlights include the trippy “Nevada”, rock centered “Shattered Heart”, and dream-like “Winter Fair”. There are some spots that are definitely worse for wear with time. “Walrus Waltz” is a beautiful Moog instrumental that has unfortunately been partially eaten by time. Some of the further out experiments also still feel overly dated. “Midnight Asylum” is an example of the late-seventies rock n’ roll that had done way too many drugs.

Overall, the record is an interesting listen. The George-Edwards Group is an important historical link to the Jesus and Mary Chain, but this record probably won’t find a way into my regular rotation. Some of the tracks (particularly “Winter Fair”) are outright beautiful, but the budget recording abilities of the day render much of this unlistenable. If you are interested in The George-Edwards Group, I recommend going to 38:38 instead." - Earbuddy 

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 01 June, 2013.

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