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Monday, May 18, 2009

a lovely sight

pisces | a lovely sight

The inimitable Numero Group -- best known for their consistently mindblowing Eccentric Soul compilations -- offers up a change of pace in the form of yet another seemingly out of thin air "How the hell had no one found this before now?" gem. In this case, though, it's some lost fuzzy late-'60s psychedelic pop/folk from Rockford, Illinois' Pisces, and their unreleased/virtually unheard 1969 LP A Lovely Sight. From the label:
"1969's A Lovely Sight, Pisces' only attempt at an LP, never made wax; but the fuzz guitar phrases and tambourine shuffle of "Dear One" instantly illustrate the band's woozy realm. Deeper inside, bass scales borrowed from Sgt. Pepper give way to Who moves wrecked by bad fidelity and harsh intrusions of found sounds. Jefferson Airplane's swirled, lysergic Haight Street utopia melds with the urban narcosis of the Velvet Underground's East Village."
pisces :: dear one

If you like that song, it's safe to assume you'll enjoy the whole record, but if you're still not convinced, listen to a sampler of album tracks here. Out June 2 on cd/vinyl, or get it in mp3 format now here (recommended).


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like that you are adding older unsung bands like this and the monks. Good touch to the site.

11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the snippet of 'Mary' has me convinced.

12:46 PM  
Blogger LINDSEY said...

I'm FROM Rockford, Illinois and I'm wondering why the hell I've never heard them before...brilliant. There's not much to be proud of in this town.

1:29 PM  
Anonymous colin said...

It kindof reminds me of that band from the 60s called the Peanut Butter Conspiracy, but way cooler!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Dohn Jifford said...

I agree with lindsey, I also live in rockford and this place has never really had any good bands come out of here (unless you're a cheap trick fan, which I am not). but this is good. hard to imagine hippys living in rockford in any time period

12:50 PM  
Blogger Colin said...


that is my old math teacher on the far left, he still had a full recording studio in his basement back when i was his student.

3:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can see Jim's basement here in some pictures I took when we were putting this record togettther.


-The Numero Group

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

on the song "circle of life" that last lyric, where on earth have i heard it before? it is driving me crazy.

3:02 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

it's a reprise of the lyrics from "dear one" (the song in this post)

3:10 PM  

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