COMPLEX - COMPLEX (2LP)

COMPLEX - COMPLEX (2LP)

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: LONGHAIR

Release date: 20/10/2022

Barcode: 4035177002942

Catalog no.: LHC0294295

Item ID: 527144

This is the first official re-release on vinyl of Complex's first album as a 2 LP-set under licensed courtesy of Cherry Red Records Ltd, UK. The first eponymous album by Complex is among the most sought-after artefacts of British psychedelia. Only 99 copies of the album by this Blackpool-based band were pressed. Despite the fact the debut album was recorded in November 1970 it sounds like it's a straight out of the Summer of Love. They tear open the album with a fire-breathing combo organ lead; 'Funny Feeling' is a 3-part tune revealing two factors of the Complex sound - intelligent and endearing compositions filtered through fuzzy, raw energy. 'Green Eyed Lucy's vibrating bass guitar groove helps strike the balance between blues, soul, and unbridled teenage garage. Gratuitous guitar shredding on 'Witch's Spell' and "sensitive" boppers like 'Norwegian Butterfly,' seemingly written to get the lead singer, whose confident voice is a sweet surprise, some groupie action. 'Self Declaration' features an epic Iron Butterfly-esque prog-organ solo and has lot of fuzzy quitar. Then there's the favorite track - the unexpected, wildly out-of-place but somehow perfect 'Josie.' It's a surprise that this group of white suburban kids could pull off a convincing reggae dancehall number, but a joy to hear the squeaky combo organ bouncing along with the ragtag orchestra backing this weird little number. Further highlights are 'Witch's Smell' and 'Storm On Way' both notable for some punchy organ work and strong vocals. In January 1971, they departed for Craighall studios in Edinburgh, and over the course of the weekend, re-recorded two tracks from the LP, 'Norwegian Butterfly' and 'Images Blue' (both are as bonus title on the bonus album). Long Hair's issue of this lost gem comes with a full-time bonus album (all titles are for the first time released on vinyl), containing some new remastered and better sounding alternate takes and a great cover of 'Hush' (Joe South/Deep Purple) from a 7" acetate from 1970 and on Side 4 two long tracks (over 8 and 6 minutes long) from a 10" acetate from 1972. This is really great music. The album comes with new improved remastering, full band story and rare photos in a 4 sided cover sized insert sheet. Don't miss this special edition!

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