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Artist: O.W.L.
Title: Of Wondrous Legends
Format: LP
Label: Locust
Country: USA
Price: $20.00
"Limited edition 180 gram vinyl version. Proof that theres still excellent albums out there to discover. Drawing mainly on art rock and early light-prog aesthetics, O.W.L deliver an ambitious song cycle which at its best transforms into dazzling psychedelia. A pro-level recording and elaborate arrangements that utilize keyboards, flute, vibes and multi-tracked male vocals make for an appealing surface, and unlike the typical Moody Blues derivates, theres lots of personality and depth. The mood is cerebral and refined, but the commitment and songwriting should impress even those with no immediate love for the genre (like me). The dominating style is dreamy melodic prog-rock like the British album Spring, but the vocal style and ghostly soundscape may at times recall Freeborne and Time on Shadoks, while the chamber music intimacy reflects a possible Pearls Before Swine influence. Theres more keyboard than guitar, which is typical for the style. Impressive on many levels, with hypnotic Eastern lysergia on Midnight Carnival, the albums epic center-piece. The artist was formerly with the pre-LP Mountain Bus, and recorded this as the first in a projected series of albums. --Patrick Lundborg, author of The Acid Archives. Of Wondrous Legends is a Chicago baroque psych classic recovered from the dustbins of history. To the few who have heard it, it has earned comparisons to Tim Buckley, Pearls Before Swine, and 60s British prog-folk. O.W.L was founded in 1968 on Chicagos north side by Stephen Titra. A founding member of the beloved Midwestern hippie jam band Mountain Bus, Titra left that band just as their Dead-inspired, bluesy jams gained serious regional traction in order to fully devote himself to the inward-looking, singular vision of O.W.L. Of Wondrous Legends was recorded at Chicagos Universal Studios over a six month stretch in 1971 and a handful of test pressings were produced and circulated, but despite serious interest from a number of major labels, this gem went unreleased. The passage of time only further helped ensure the albums place in near total obscurity until a copy of one of the test pressings was unearthed in a Chicago junk shop in 2004. Following several years of collaborative efforts on this lost epic, Of Wondrous Legends now sees its first public release after some 35 years of obscurity. Mastered from the original source tapes. Features copious liner notes and vintage photos." -Locust
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