WATTS, ALAN - THIS IS IT!

WATTS, ALAN - THIS IS IT!

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: NUMERO GROUP

Release date: 17/02/2015

Barcode: 0825764603119

Catalog no.: NUMLP0001231

Item ID: 411269

Psychedelic music all began with the tiniest possible bang: a minuscule pressing of a self-produced LP by Zen Buddhist scholar Alan Watts. In one cosmic flash of inspiration and group improvisation, the next two decades of musical innovation was pre-supposed: psychedelic rock, spiritual jazz, and even new age. As this micro pressing barely made it out of the ashram, it were his writings that actually spread his ideas, usually through osmosis: he was profoundly influential on the beat poets and the subsequent counter-culture. He became the forebear of '60s counter-culture's spirituality, much as William Burroughs was the forebear of its hedonism. Originally released in 1962, 'This Is It!' is an imaginative cacophony of percussion, non-verbal chanting, and free-flowing expression, punctuated occasionally by leisurely passes at a terrestrial piano, marimba, or french horn. It is at once, experimental, intellectual and experiential. Three years before Ken Kesey's inaugural 'Acid Test', 'This Is It!' constitutes the first transmission for a tuned-in counter culture of hippies, beats and psychedelic revolutionaries of all stripes.

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