The Shithouse Masters'.
Gillespie is obviously a little less comfortable with his recording
history. In the recent Primal Scream 'Best Of' there was no evidence
that the 'Scream had once been a Byrds and Love fixated band of sixties
freaks. Their early singles and that 'difficult' first album 'Sonic
Flower Groove' are usually dismissed as too fey but their behaviour and
intentions at that time were anything but. Sugar-coated, sure but
poisonous in intent. Perhaps Gillespie took the criticism to heart... a
shame when you have a Rickenbacker 12 played as well as on this....
Primal Scream- Sonic Sister Love
band just didn't have the chops to realise the sound they were after so
several producers including Stephen Street and Langer and Winstanley
had a go at cooking a decent 60's influenced guitar record out of them.
Stolen master tapes and multiple band member sackings all probably made
it a miserable experience for all concerned, maybe this is the reason
why Gillespie has purged it. The Stone Roses took the template and made
it a cohesive reality on their debut album. I have a big soft spot for
'Sonic Flower Groove', it doesn't hang together, side two is weak and
the vocals are very hit and miss but for me 'Imperial' really flies, it
has a real celtic lilt and the fade out rocks.
Primal Scream- Imperial
What were they thinking with that cover photo?
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