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Bent Wind — Sussex
(Green Tree GTR 100, 1969/2001, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01

Sussex Cover art

Here’s an obscure Canadian band of the garage/psych variety. It’s on the heavier side, along the lines of Vanilla Fudge or Blue Cheer, with messy distorted guitar and unpolished vocals. Sussex is one of those albums that is highly sought after by collectors of the obscure but not musically worth the high prices the original LP commands, so an affordable CD reissue is the preferable alternative for the curious. Don’t look for any real sophistication here; it’s basic rock music of the era (though it might be more typical of 1967) done with more enthusiasm than imagination or technique. Superfuzzed guitar backs almost all of the tracks, though they drop down for the obligatory ballad with “Look at Love,” and do attempt backing vocals on a few songs with fair success. Psych fans looking for another Odessey and Oracle need not apply, but if The Misunderstood is more your style, it’s worth a listen, as long as you’re not expecting to find a new favorite band to obsess over. For this release, three bonus tracks are added: “Castles Made of Man” and “Sacred Cows” from a single, and a long bit of really pointless studio rehearsals.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 34, 2001 releases, 1969 recordings

Related artist(s): Bent Wind

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