Although UK musician David Kubinec has had a long career spanning a huge period of time*, I’m not really familiar with his work and only purchased this 1978 LP because I’d rarely encountered coloured vinyl in the seventies. Although Kubinec is a keyboard player, it is the guitarists who stand out on this album: Ollie Halsall and Chris Spedding. John Cale also guests. The result, however, is pleasant but not memorable. Lovely blood-red vinyl though.
* During the writing, I discovered that Kubinec was briefly part of progressive outfit Mainhorse Airline with young Patrick Moraz. Prog factoid!
In contrast to Kubinec’s LP, this re-issue of Alice Cooper’s 1969 debut came out for Rhino’s Rocktober event in 2017. More an artefact than musically important, the cover was way more controversial than the music. Patchy sound quality doesn’t help the songs, whose awkward psychedelic-tinged rock lacks direction. Alice did, of course, find his compass, releasing albums three and four—Killer and Love It To Death—in 1971. Goodbye pretties, hello schlock horror rock theatre.
Greek band Purple Overdose were formed in Athens in 1987 by lead guitarist and vocalist Costas Constantinou. As the name suggests, they were committed to psychedelic sixties-style ideas both culturally and musically. This album, Gemin-‘eye’, came out in 2012 and constitutes their ‘last recordings’. The package is wonderful but unfortunately the band broke up before they transformed these demos into something finished. Instrumentally, the music is delightful but sadly the vocals are, and VC readers will know this gives me no pleasure to report, simply horrendous. Out of tune, poorly phrased, not within cooee of ‘guide vocal’ standard, it’s astounding they didn’t get someone—anyone!—in to re-record those parts. What could have been a pleasant swan song might then have been more a silk purse than the porcine organ of hearing we have here. Still, lovely vinyl and great album art.