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A Lovely Sight
1. Dear One
2. Children Kiss Your Mother Goodnight
3. Motley Mary Ann
4. Say Goodbye to John
6. Genesis II
8. Music Box, The
9. Like a Hole in the Wall Where the Rat Lives
10. Are You Changing in Your Time
11. In the Dreams of Paula
12. Elephant Eyes
13. Circle of Time
14. Flower for All Seasons, A
15. In the Summer the Grape Grows
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 641029
Tom Lunt (Reissue); Rob Sevier (Reissue); Ken Shipley (Reissue); Michael Slaboch (Reissue)
Liner Note Authors: Rob Sevier; Judson Picco.
A small independent label based in Chicago, the Numero Group are known for unearthing obscure but worthwhile recordings--and they have acquired an enthusiastic cult following among hardcore collectors. The Numero Group have paid a lot of intention to soul and gospel rarities, but Pisces' A LOVELY SIGHT is neither soul nor gospel. The focus of this 2009 release, which was recorded in the late 1960s, is psychedelic pop-rock. If one has never heard of Pisces, that doesn't mean that he/she isn't knowledgeable of psychedelic music. Pisces were a little known group from Rockford, IL; in fact, they never released a full-fledged vinyl LP when they were together. But this 44-minute CD contains 15 of their late 1960s recordings, and their material is generally enjoyable. Back in the late 1960s, psychedelic music was diverse. There was psychedelic hard rock, psychedelic blues-rock, psychedelic folk-rock and psychedelic pop-rock--and Pisces are mostly psychedelic pop-rock but show some appreciation of folk-rock on occasion. Some of these tunes might have become AM radio hits had Pisces been discovered by Columbia or RCA and received the right promotional push, but Pisces never enjoyed that type of support. Of course, obscurity isn't a negative among the obsessive collectors who buy the Numero Group's releases--in fact, obscurity is a major plus for them--and lovers of 1960s psychedelic music will find that A LOVELY SIGHT, although mildly uneven, has a lot going for it and is well worth checking out.
Spin (p.91) - "A LOVELY SIGHT filters memorable melodies and creepy lyrics through experimental production..."
Pitchfork (Website) - "[With] a van-load of clever arrangement ideas, and mightily impressive studio technique....Every song here has a distinctive and freaky sonic identity that makes a lot out of their limited resources..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.87) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The opener kicks off with fuzz guitar and drums, building a tribal beat for the ghostly vocals of Linda Bruner. It's unsettling and arresting stuff."
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