Various Artists – Brown Acid: The Ninth Trip
Riding Easy Records
Release date: 31/10/2019
Running time: 36 mins
Review by: Alun Jones
Archaeologists of rock from Riding Easy Records have once again delved into the depths of the forgotten to present this, the ninth instalment of their “Brown Acid” series. They have unearthed yet more obscure gems from the past, in order to entertain and enlighten those obsessives who love to investigate the DNA of rock.
Call it heavy rock, proto metal, garage rock – whatever, these Brown Acid compilations offer a wealth of hard to find material.
The songs may be long lost relics, but they sure ain’t amateur. In fact, it’s surprising how well they’ve cleaned up – and how well produced some of them were in the first place. Take the first track, White Lightning’s “Prelude to Opus IV”, which is surprisingly grand and opulent.
I won’t play favourites, but Peacepipe’s “The Sun Won’t Shine Forever” has an almost Stooges like sound, filtered through Californian psychedelia. Magi’s “Win or Lose” sounds like Grand Funk playing an MC5 song, while Stonewall’s “Outer Spaced” holds the most outrageous riff of the set, with perhaps a touch of Hendrix.
Elsewhere, the fantastically named Fibreglass Vegetables offer up a more laid back, groovy but still heavy song with “Pain”. “Rebel Woman” by Erik (a simpler name, but that’s cool) is another superb rocker that demonstrates some real song writing and arranging talent.
Not as bluesy as Zeppelin or as heavy as Sabbath, the songs on offer are a fine example of rock’n’roll of the time. It doesn’t take much to imagine the guys from Fu Manchu listening to these pre-stoner rock goodies, sat in their van waiting for the cry of “surf’s up”.
This 9th edition of the Brown Acid compilation offers retro quality, never kitsch or silly, with tons of infectious music. It’s easy to wonder why some of these bands never became more famous. At least Riding Easy have done the hard work for us, dusting off the artefacts and preserving them for all to enjoy.
- White Lightning – “Prelude to Opus IV”
- Peacepipe – “The Sun Won’t Shine Forever”
- Magi – “Win or Lose”
- Fibreglass Vegetables – “Pain”
- Erik – “Rebel Woman”
- Stonewall – “Outer Spaced”
- Ice – “Running High”
- Spacerock – “Going Down the Road”
- Buckshot – “Barstar”
- 9 – “Paradiddle Blues”
And don’t forget to check out Ever Metal, which is where this review originally appeared.