Gandalf – Gandalf Album
Gandalf were an influential late 1960s psychedelic rock group.They were an American band originally called the Rahgoos and formed by Peter Sando, Frank Hubach, Bob Muller and Davy Bauer.
They signed a record deal with Capitol Records in 1967 who made them rename the band Gandalf.
They recorded their first and only LP the same year. The record includes covers of Tim Hardin, Eden Ahbez and Bonner & Gordon (the writers of “Happy Together”) and two songs composed by the band’s guitarist Peter Sando.
But Capitol spurned them and only released the LP in 1969 with the wrong record inside the sleeve. The copies were recalled and damaged the band’s career. Capitol didn’t promote the record which made the sales worse.
Over the years Gandalf – Gandalf Album reputation grew and it was re-released by Sundazed records in 2002.
AMG review: Gandalf – Gandalf Album has some attractive baroque-psychedelia with a spacey air, though its quality depends very much on the standard of the material. Generally they’re better the more they rely on the slightly weird and spacey production, as on “Scarlet Ribbons” and their cover of Tim Hardin’s “Hang on to a Dream.” On tracks like “You Upset the Grace of Living” there’s a nice balance of melody and quasi-classical keyboards on the cusp between pop, progressive rock and psychedelia. “Can You Travel in the Dark Alone,” one of the few originals (by Peter Sando), is nice, harmonic sunshine pop with a slightly experimental feel, along the lines of some of the better things being done by Californian cult figures like Gary Usher and Curt Boettcher at the time. Other selections are nothing special, however. –by Richie Unterberger
Gandalf – Gandalf Album Tracklist
- Golden Earrings 0:00
- Hang On To A Dream 2:48
- Never Too Far 7:06
- Scarlet Ribbons 9:01
- You Upset The Grace Of Living 12:09
- Can You Travel In The Dark Alone 14:42
- Nature Boy 17:49
- Tiffany Rings 20:58
- Me About You 22:50
- I Watch The Moon 27:49
– Peter Sando – Guitar.
– Bob Muller – Bass.
– Frank Hubach – Keyboards.
– Dave Bauer – Drums.
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