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ULTIMATE SPINACH: top quality pretentious psychedelia - The Audiophile Man
Title: Behold & See Label: Sundazed Ultimate Spinach’s second album (there would be three in total) may be a muted variant of the band’s debut but it continues to push the essence of the Bosstown Sound. That is, the product of arranger, Alan Lorber, who wanted to physically create a music scene in his home town of Boston. The Monkees proved that you could manufacture a band, he wanted to manufacture an entire scene. The prime bands that were manoeuvred into this plan were Orpheus and this outfit. The results tended to be overly sincere psychedelia which borrowed too much from the West Coast. Despite the pretentiousness of the approach and the featured ideas, there is still much here for the psychedelic fan to enjoy: even though the San Francisco bands hated them. If you don’t take the LP too seriously and enjoy it for what it is, Behold & See is a fun album for period fans. Arguably the best LP in the band’s roster. There is a tremendous sense of ‘period’ clarity from this LP, in mastering terms, that is reflected well in the vocal presentation. For example, Carol Lee Britt’s vocal on the track Gilded Lamp of …