TDP54048 July - The Second of July VINYL LP reissue

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TDP54048 July - The Second of July   


The obscure west London psychedelic rock act, July, arose from the ashes of rhythm and blues group The
Tomcats, who had some success in Spain in the mid-60s after absorbing members of fellow musical
travelers, Second Thoughts. Back in London in 1968, co-founder Tom Newman, later known for his
engineering and production work on Tubular Bells, shifted the group into psychedelic mode with his
guitar friend, Pete Cook, writing material that would draw the guitarist/bandleader Spencer Davis in a
management role, leading to a contract with Major Minor records for their self-titled debut LP, which
failed to chart, but the inclusion of songs such as “My Clown” “Dandelion Seeds” and “The Way” on
various compilations have assured a strong underground following. The rare demos that make
up The Second Of July date from before the debut album was recorded and reveal the group in all their
evolving experimental glory, the sound not only blending psychedelic rock and pop with lush
harmonies, intricate lead guitar and scintillating keyboards, but also here including Indian elements
such as sitar and tabla (and Indian-derived chord sequences), plus trippy tape loops and phasing.


You Missed It All
My Clown
The Stamping Machine
A Bird Lived
Look At Her
The Way

Friendly Man
I See
The Girl In The Cafe
You See Me, I See You
Man Outside
Move On Sweet Flower
Hallo To Me