“A Web Of Sound” by The Seeds - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1966Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

“A Web of Sound”, featuring the 4 group members trapped by the most ginormous spider ever, arrived in October ’66 – a whole lot heavier, crazier and more psychotic than the debut from back in April. Demented album opener “Mr Farmer” nods and winks to marijuana culture, with a utopian vision which involves a finely harvested crop. Sky Saxon’s vocals may have been the standout feature of the previous LP, but it’s immediately apparent that Darryl Hooper’s keyboards are going to have a big role to play on album # 2. “Tripmaker” offers another tell-tale sign of where Sky Saxon’s head’s at – it’s a creative place maaaan. After the frantic 4-track opening sequence, “A Faded Picture” serves as an exquisite come-down. “Rollin’ Machine” keeps the non-subtle class 2 references coming and practically invents the Doors whilst doing so. All of this leads to the group’s defining moment – the incredible “Up In Her Room”, a decadent psychedelic-garage-punk classic like no other from 1966. This 15 minute onslaught closes out the LP and almost takes up the entirety of the side. 15 minutes? Up in her room? Sounds about right. PARENTAL ADVISORY! Along with Ray Manzarek, surely Lou Reed had a copy on his turntable? This epic trance out is sure to have had some influence on the seminal “Sister Ray” from The Velvet Underground – the recording of which was 14 months after the Seeds session of July ’66. I've read many people say that The Seeds were wonderfully inept, and so limited musically that they were a beacon of hope for every tone deaf kid who just bought guitar. Keep it raw I say. The kids know where it's at.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:54] 9.2.png The Seeds - Mr. Farmer (Richard Marsh) Psychedelia
A2 [02:46] 7.9.png The Seeds - Pictures And Designs (Richard Marsh, Daryl Hooper) Psychedelia
A3 [02:49] 7.1.png The Seeds - Tripmaker (Daryl Hooper, Marcus Tybalt) Psychedelia
A4 [02:32] 6.9.png The Seeds - I Tell Myself (Marcus Tybalt) Cerebral Pop
A5 [05:20] 8.3.png The Seeds - A Faded Picture (Richard Marsh, Daryl Hooper) Psychedelia
A6 [02:33] 8.0.png The Seeds - Rollin’ Machine (Richard Marsh) Psychedelia
B1 [04:19] 7.6.png The Seeds - Just Let Go (Richard Marsh, Daryl Hooper, Dan Savage) Psychedelia
B2 [14:39] 10.0.png The Seeds - Up In Her Room (Richard Marsh) Trance Rock

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