Next Time You Play a Wrong Note (Grapevine GRV 109) 1977 UK *
Dutch heavy acid folk monster that’s hands down the best lp on this great UK label. Often compared to obscure Euro folk/psych bands like Trees, Carol Of Harvest and Spriguns, but Whitsuntide Easter also has a strong progressive angle as well as an occasional hint of jazz fusion. Creative penetrating male/female vocal harmonies add a surreal depth to the project. ‘Transitory’ and ‘ICU’ are intensely beautiful songs that fall into the fragile hypnotic folk category, with delicate vocals and shimmering acoustic guitar. Same goes for the mesmerizing ‘She’ which includes some stylish fuzz guitar. It’s the kind of sound that UK collectors have gone bonkers over, translating into big bucks on the international scene (copies of this lp have been spotted at $500 and more!). The folkrocker ‘Hills’ has some eerie phased vocals, while the bluesy acoustic ‘Psalm 355’ shifts midway to deliver some blaring loud guitar leads. Also rocking with substance are ‘New World’ and ‘Words’, both with that psychy underground electric quality and jazz-rock touches. ‘Coming Of The Messiah’ is an interesting hard rocker, recounting a misled vision that Christ would return on a certain airplane flight. Admitting their deception at the end they warn “he won’t come on Flight 001, but be ready when he comes”. Attractive flute work on a couple of these songs. Housed in a handsome gatefold cover with lyrics and band photos. The front cover says “Next time you play a wrong note”, continued on the back with “make it a short one” (the label and spine just say Whitsuntide Easter). (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
One in remembrance of Heavenly Grooves blog.
01. New World
05. Coming Of The Messiah
06. Psalm 355