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Fresh Blueberry Pancake

"Heavy" CD

Shadoks Music

Genres: psych, acid rock, blues psych

Normal Records
PO Box 150 117
53040 Bonn

Aug 4 - 10 2003

Fresh Blueberry Pancake was a Pittsburgh band who existed from 1968 to 1972, taking the time to record only one demo album. This demo album has since become quite coveted by psych and acid rock collectors, as only 54 copies of it were pressed. It seems the record was never released to the public, instead it was a small-scale promo release that never really succeeded.

Listening to this fancy new CD reissue of the ill-fated demo on German label Shadoks Music, it's hard to see where they went wrong. Perhaps the problem with FHP was that they couldn't stick to one style. Over the duration of these nine songs, the band flies through heavy Blue Cheer-style acid rock ("Hassles", "Clown On A Rope"), bluesy psych-rock ("Being In Town" and the brilliant "Where's The Sun"), and even a bit of folk-rock ("Bad Boy Turns Good"). The music is of very high quality, in both recording quality and in a songwriting sense. The band have a very nice sound. They can master heavy, crusty acid rock just as easily as they can flow through more melodic folk-rock and blues-pop numbers.  It all just sounds great and perfectly done.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable, accessible artifact of the sixties generation that will appeal to both collectors and casual listeners.  Recommended.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 9 tracks, distributed by Forced Exposure, released 2003]