Friday, February 02, 2007


Long Time Coming

I should have reviewed this CD a couple of months back but somehow never got round to it. But I think you'll agree, it's been well worth the wait

CRAWLSPACE : The Spirit of '76

Gulcher Records 607

Right from the very first note that opens this record, you know you're onto a winner. It's exactly the sort of disc the term 'garage music' was coined for. It sounds like a hotch-potch of local kids just threw it together for open mic night down at the milk bar. And the dear little lads really do pour out their hearts, souls and everything else [including their warts] to put on a good show! Spirit of '76? More like '64 when everyone who heard The Beatles for the first time, rushed out and got a cheap acoustic in the local second-hand store and got it wired up with a pick-up and was gonna be a star.

There's a brilliant interpretation of Patti Smith doing Hey Joe, their 'Fight for Liberation' sounds more like 'Jesus wants Me for a Sunbeam' [Bless!] and their big finale is 'Sympathy for the Devil,' which once the instruments all find the same tempo and near-enough the same key, floors you and leaves you breathless enough to just want to go home to get a good night's sleep. In between there's all sorts of fun and games to excite the jaded pallette and leave you wondering when you'll be able to get your hands on the next piece of pure Crawlspace gold.

Another real treasure from the Gulcher hoard!

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