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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Clicker, USA

Clicker - s/t. 1973 Hemisphere.

Private press rock LP on the Hemisphere label from Madison, Wisconsin that I picked up on ebay a few years ago (in fact, the cover scan looks eerily familiar given the ring and edge wear).

First couple of tracks are straight forward early 70's rock all the way, though they feature mellotron on the 2nd track. One of the rare places where I really think they used the instrument as a strings sampler rather than as moody accompaniment. This is followed by an atmospheric acoustic guitar driven instrumental. Then a Yes-like proggy piece, having that uniquely Midwestern approach (e.g. Starcastle or Albatross). Another rocker and a short quirky instrumental close out Side 1. Side 2 starts with an amalgamation of their prog and rock tendencies. This leads to the 16 minute closer. After a silly 2 minute introductory narrative, we are treated to a surprisingly great jazz rock instrumental, though there's an overlong and somewhat uninteresting guitar noodle solo section (with no other accompanying instruments). A nice album that grows on you. The good parts are really good.

Clicker has a second album called "Harde Har Har Har" which I understand to be of much lesser interest (and which would seem obvious, I suppose, given the title of the album)

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