Q - 6/02, p.144
"...For some keyboard-powered period jollies, check out THE SEEDS..."
Uncut - 8/01, p.1104.5 stars out of 5
- "...A brilliantly simple, headlong surge of fuzz-drenched guitar, bubbling organ riffs and Saxon's raw, throat-tearing vocals..."
2 LPs on 1 CD: THE SEEDS/A WEB OF SOUND.
The Seeds: Sky Saxon (vocals, harmonica, bass); Jan Savage (guitar); Daryl Hooper (piano, organ); Rick Andridge (drums).
Recorded in Hollywood, California.
Personnel: Jan Savage (vocals, guitar); Sky Saxon Blues Band (vocals, harmonica, keyboards); Sky Saxon (vocals, harmonica); Daryl Hooper (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards); Cooker (guitar, bottleneck guitar); Rick Andridge (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mike Durrough.
Audio Remixers: Doc Siegel; Mike Durrough; Stan Ross.
Liner Note Author: Marcus Tybalt.
Recording information: Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, CA; RCA Victor; United; Universal Associated; Western.
Arranger: The Seeds.
The Seeds' first two albums were also their best. THE SEEDS, featuring the stomping garage-punk classics "Pushin' Too Hard" and "Can't Seem To Make You Mine," arguably the hardest pre-heavy metal singles, is clearly a snot-nose classic. It's all in the song titles--"Evil Hoodoo," "No Escape," "Girl I Want You"--and the malevolence of the band's playing, especially that of organist Daryl Hooper and guitarist Jan Savage.
A WEB OF SOUND is both a refinement and an abandonment of this approach. Some songs, especially "Mr. Farmer" and "Tripmaker," are as punky and psychedelic as anything on the debut. The last track, the 14-minute "Up In Her Room" is a total trip, like the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray" reinterpreted by the free-jazz lunatics in the Red Crayola. Very weird, and if you're so inclined, very cool. Highly recommended.