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    Parson Sound – Parson Sound

    Parson Sound - Parson Sound

    Parson Sound was an obscure Swedish rock band that existed for barely an eyeblink back in the late 1960s, creating a beautiful ruckus for a brief two-year period during the peak moments of the psychedelic era in 1967-’68. They blended elements of krautrock, psych, Terry Riley-influenced minimalism and the Velvet Underground into some of the most hazy, mesmerizing, pleasurable and extended music ever to grace the cosmos. We’re talking jams that could and would gently and effortlessly coalesce into the most hypnotizing drones or blurry clouds of cacophony imaginable. Members of Parson Sound went on to form other worthy outfits called International Harvester in 1968 (later shortened to Harvester) and Trad, Gras och Stenar (Trees, Grass and Stones) in 1969. Some of their albums are well worth delving into, as well.

    Parson Sound

    Amazingly, Parson Sound never released any records during their heyday, so their public impact could only be felt in a live setting in Sweden. (They once played at an Andy Warhol art show in Stockholm, and opened for the Doors.) But, miraculously, their archival material–consisting of studio and live recordings in various stages of corroded lo-fidelity–was finally issued for the first time ever as a 2-CD set in 2001, followed by a 3-LP box set version in 2010. These ultra-amazing documents quickly became a staple of bedroom psych heads everywhere. For a taste, I highly urge you to listen to the track “India Slight Return” cued up below.

    Label: Subliminal Sounds Catalog Number: SUB-073-LP-BOX Format: 3-LP box set Packaging: Box Tracks: 11 Total Time: Unknown Country: Sweden Released: 2010 More: Discogs

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