Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Luv Machine - s/t 1971

From Rockesteria: Originally released in 1970, "Witches Wand" is about as classic as it get from this magical era in underground music. To this day it remains a firm favorite of 60's Mod and psych at 70's rock clubs up and down the U.K.

Formed in the tropicalclimes of Barbados in 1967, Luv Machine relocated to the U.K. in 1968 in search of fame and fortune in those swinging times. The band started out playing black soul clubs in the midlands area. Their sound was a lot harder-edged than the usual acts that in the initial club circuit where they were being booked.

Influenced by Hendrix, Cream, CCR, and othr more obscur heavy bands of the time, Luv Machine managed to combine elements of rock and soulful psych with a funky progressive groove. Added to this was a Carabbean vibe which made them completely unique from other rivals of the day.

The bands self titled debut album that was released for Polydor in 1971 has become a much revered and collectable item amungst collectors and fans of the era.

Unfortunately the band split before the album was released, which meant it was never given the publicity it deserved. Who knows what may have happened if the situation was different for them.

In 2006, Rise Abouve Relics released the album with an additional 12" of tracks consiting of unreleased demos and b-sides.

1 comment:

  1. Now, this is super weird. I grabbed my CD copy and played it half an hour ago, then wondered what your blog had to say about it. first time i visited your site since last week-end. and lo! as i opened the webpage it turned out that you posted this stuff about Luv Mchine just a few hours before! how cool is that?! just anotheer case of what the flaming lips would call 'telepathic surgery'. cheers, and greetings again fron mexico!


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