While Nirvana was reigning supreme with their pop-grunge sound, and bands like G&R, STP, and Soundgarden were making their own varied attempts at Led Zeppelin, an LA-based power trio called FUZZ BELOVED were attempting their own interpretation of psychedelia--with classic influences such as: Pink Floyd, Hendrix, Cream, and Blue Cheer. They rehearsed out in Van Nuys at a dismal rehearsal facitily off of Sherman Way which still functions as such today. They gigged around LA, organized two psychedelic festivals in the Mojave desert, and even pulled off a summer diy tour of the US in 1994. But, as fate would have it, the band did not continue. Mark, the drummer, wanted to pursue his mechanical engineering career, and the guitar player, Kevin, felt he could not pursue a professional career as a music executive and keep a band going at the same time. David, the bass player, departed for Europe to cleanse himself of the frustration of seeing so many weekends and years wasted on a project he deeply believed in. Nevertheless, prior to breaking up, the group managed to record a magnificent full-length album, which has remained shelved until now. It was recorded in the church-like living room where David grew up--in the hills of South Pasadena. On the album, Kevin and David alternate vocal parts and sometimes harmonize together. David alternates between 4 and 8-string bass and also plays acoustic guitar on two tracks. Kevin''s guitar work is nothing short of brilliant, and so it was a shame to see him eventually move away to Thailand never to be heard from again...Pick up your copy of this rare achievement today.
Psychotropic Zone (Finland)
Fuzz Beloved was a power trio from California who were active in the early 90’s. They were inspired by classic rock acts such as Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Blue Cheer, Pink Floyd etc. The band played some shows around Los Angeles and recorded one album that was never issued, though. Now the bass player/singer David (who’s now in a band called Imogene) has finally made this album available to the public. I’m glad he has, since this is good stuff and doesn’t sound dated at all.
After the weird, spoken-word intro there comes the swinging, mid-tempo ”Happy Communing” that has a solid bass and soft vocals. A great track! “Xenia” is in the same style but a bit more peaceful track. The slower “Sweet Devil Child” is a bit grunge-like. The rather soft and atmospheric but still groovy “Solipsism” follows next. Another slow one is the repetitive “Dead Balloons” that brings to mind Led Zeppelin. At times it gets heavier. The hypnotic and mid-tempo “Fleeting Planet Earth” has a psychedelic atmosphere. It also has some acoustic guitar and mystical electric guitar. You can again sense some grunge influences on the mid-tempo, groovy and pretty heavy number called “Of Eden”. It sounds to me that they have used some Mellotron on a track called “Upside Down Smile”, but at least some synthesiser. This is one of the best tracks on the album, any way, and includes some excellent going. It’s a psychedelic, a bit magical song that includes some speech samples. It really works! The peaceful and acoustic instrumental “Wanderer X” fits in very well after the previous track. Also the mid-tempo, groovy and quite heavy number “Sun Charade” has some samples, and the one at the end is the same we have used at one point with my band Dark Sun in our gig intro… It’s a small world. The mind-blowing and experimental “As It Were” includes psych sounds and weird noises and the end is rather freaky. This is also a pretty long track. Then we still have the beautiful “Kiss My Brainchild” that wraps things up very nicely with just acoustic guitar and vocals. In summary: this is a very good album!
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