Sunday, June 5, 2016

Omega Plus - "How to Kiss the Sky" 1969

Recorded and released in 1969 in an edition of 1000 when guitarist Claude Engel (later of Magma and others) was obviously very, very young, this presents a pretty cool, excedingly rare French power trio that combines blues rock elements with freaky/psych elements in a very attractive way. (Shagadelic)

First ever real psychedelic release in France during the 1960's. Omega Plus consisted of three session men including Claude Engel who's main career started with Christian Vander's Magma after Omega Plus disbanded.
Interesting to note that Engel himself does not even reference this album, at least on his own website. It's not a bad example of Hendrix like psych sound. One side Cream style, the other Magma style. Also includes one long rock improvisation that's pretty interesting. A short record, not even cracking 30 minutes.
A used copy will set you back more than $1200, if you can find one. It has since been issued on CD.

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