Friday, June 3, 2016

Kath - "Kath 1" 1975

Originally released in a limited edition of 60 handmade copies, this LP has gone virtually unknown for 30 years and has only been whispered about in the heaviest of collectors. The band evolved from the local Maryland 60's band "Badge" and is heavily influenced by the Beatles. This is a genuine D.I.Y. effort recorded in the home of the bands leader and dedicated to his pet monkey.

Impressive melodic basement psych/garage excursion with a lo-fi atmosphere that would have most purveyors flip out. At times the vibes is much like Mystery Meat, or Index, and that's not something you run into everyday. Mostly originals with a few covers including a fuzzed-out cough syrup version of "Norwegian Wood" that just may be the best version ever. At the same time there are obvious hints that this dates from a later era, and it was in fact recorded over a period of time throughout 1974.
Re-issued by Rockadelic records with bonus tracks and cover art that mimics the original.

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