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THE CROME SYRCUS

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THE CROME SYRCUS was formed originally in Seattle, from where the group moved later to San Francisco. The members of this group were John Gaborit (guitar), Lee Graham (vocals, bass, flute), Rod Pilloud (drums), Dick Powell (harmonica, keyboards) and Ted Shreffler (keyboards). Also Jim Plano visited the band playing the drums, and Richard Ward was their manager.

The band released music most actively in year 1968, when majority of their singles and their only long player "Love Cycle" was released. The music on this album is naturally based on the 1960's early psychedelic pop/rock sound, but there are elements which stretch out their artistic expression beyond the boundaries of conventional popular music with wild atavistic guitar solos, confusing arrangements, references to classical choral music, orchestrations and pastoral flute sequences. They also created an epic song lasting over seventeen minutes. With this approach this obscure band might please both the fans of the late 1960's west coast rock and also the listeners of more challenging adventurous art rock.

The group was disbanded in year 1973, though they did not release any records after 1969.

Discography:

Albums:
1968 "Love Cycle" LP

Singles:
1968 "Lord in Black / Long Hard Road"
1968 "Take it Like a Man / Cover Up"
1968 "Take it Like a Man / Crystals"
1968 "White Korte Feather / Blue Morning"
1969 "Lord in Black / Elevator Operator"

Line-up:
John Gaborit ~ Guitar
Lee Graham ~ Vocals, Bass, Flute
Dick Powell ~ Harmonica, Keyboards
Ted Shreffler ~ Keyboards
Rod Pilloud ~ Drums
Jim Plano ~ Drums


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Sources:
"The Acid Trip - A Complete Guide to Psychedelic Music", Vernon Joynson
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Review by Eetu Pellonpaa
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3 stars This psychedelic nugget wrapped within a lovely hippie album covers offers to an interested listener both conventional San Francisco psych pop rock, and also experimental material, proving that they were among the rock artists searching the boundaries of their art and style. The opening track might be a disappointment to a prog listener, but I enjoyed the more fragile following numbers. The keyboard driven sound with much vocals and emotional approach also remind the sound of the Vanilla Fudge, and I just love that soaring acid guitar giving the solos. The last song of the album is a seventeen minutes long epic, containing some references to classical choral music, which then gets a sudden LSD-treatment. The composition is interesting, but not the most brilliant. However I see it quite innovative within the 1960's American garage scene, which I felt focused more to straightforward musical approach than complexities of compositional arrangements. I would suggest this album to fans of the history of early artistic psychedelic rock music and those deeply interested on hippie rock scene.
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