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Major Arcana-acid folk/psych WEST COAST-new LP

First official vinyl reissue of this sought-after psychedelic folk-rock / Americana / SSW album from 1976.

Major Arcana was a group led by counter-culture Milwaukee icon JIM SPENCER, featuring a revolving cast of musicians / collaborators. The core of the band was Jim Spencer (guitar, vocals); Randall Dubis (electric guitar); Michael Burdecki (bass, slide guitar) and Jim Kitchen (percussion, harmonica). They were helped in the studio by some friends / musicians like Sigmund Snopek III and Barry Patton among many others.

Released on Jim Spencer’s own private label (A Major Label, home also to Anonymous of “Inside The Shadow” fame), the album opens with the terrific psych-folk of “Western Wind” and closes with an acid-folk rendition of “Greensleeves”. In between, you’ll also find some blues rock, SSW ballads, jazzy bits…file next to groups like Pearls Before Swine or Bermuda Triangle.

*Remastered sound
*Original artwork with front cover by underground comix legend Denis Kitchen
*Repro of the original poster insert by comic book artist Peter Poplaski
*New insert with liner notes by Jim Spencer’s close friend / collaborator Barry Patton and photos

Side 1: 1. Western Wind – 2. Dark Trip To Edge City – 3. Shake Me – 4. Steal Your Love Back Home – 5. Deanna Durbin Blues
Side 2: 1. Down Under Blues – 2. Papa Doc – 3. Back In The Spirit – 4. Fran’s Blues – 5. Greensleeves

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Label:    Out-Sider – OSR093
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Country:    Spain
Released:    2024
Genre:    Rock
Style:    Psychedelic Rock, Folk Rock
A1        Western Wind    5:03
A2        Dark Trip To Edge City    4:13
A3        Shake Me    3:32
A4        Steal Your Love Back Home    4:27
A5        Deanna Durbin Blues    4:39
B1        Down Under Blues    4:58
B2        Papa Doc    5:51
B3        Back In The Spirit    4:34
B4        Fran's Blues    5:16
B5        Greensleeves    3:25

    Acoustic Guitar – Daniel Day (4)
    Artwork – Denis Kitchen
    Backing Vocals – Liz Mueller
    Backing Vocals, Acoustic Guitar – Barry Patton
    Congas – Anthony Brice
    Effects – Carol Line (3)
    Electric Bass – John Hauser (5)
    Electric Bass, Slide Guitar – Mike Burdecki
    Electric Guitar – Gary Kemp (2)
    Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Randall Dubis
    Electric Piano, Synthesizer, Flute – Sigmund Snopek III
    Engineer, Mixed By – Greg Allen (12)
    Mixed By – Barry Patton (tracks: A1, B3)
    Percussion – Rob Fixmer
    Percussion, Harmonica – Jim Kitchen (3)
    Producer, Arranged By – Jim Spencer
    Talking Drum, Kalimba, Congas – Luther Gray (3)
    Timbales – Tim Belin

Remastered sound
Original artwork with front cover by underground comix legend Denis Kitchen
Repro of the original poster insert by comic book artist Peter Poplaski
New insert with liner notes by Jim Spencer's close friend/collaborator Barry Patton and photos

    Barcode: 4040824092900





This is an album that defies categorization, featuring as it does a veritable smorgasbord of musical styles, although the phenomenal opening track, 'Western Wind,' is rightly regarded as an acid folk/psych masterpiece. The band, augmented by the presence of Spencer's previous collaborator and Bloomsbury People alumni, keyboard player and flautist Sigmund Snopek III, combine effortlessly to produce an album of changing moods, with strong, up-front vocals, neat synth arrangements and a recurring lounge/multi-instrumental vibe.

One critic described the album thusly: 'West coast psychedelic gem, with nice folky tunes, dreamy stoned vibe and some killer acid guitar outbursts. Really great psych music you can easily imagine from the awesome cover art!'."



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