Exposé Online banner

Salvation — 1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan
(Head Discs 4497, 1968/2009, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan Cover artAmong the mainstays of the West coast psychedelic scene in the mid- to late-60s was a jamming unit with a slight country flavor originally called The New Salvation Army Banned. Eventually a certain charitable organization objected to the name, and they became simply Salvation. They compare stylistically with many of the other bands of that time and place — Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and so on — and while they are certainly not up to the great heights reached by those other bands, the release on CD of their two albums helps fill in our picture of the scene. Listening to this, you can try to picture yourself at the Fillmore West, with a heavy scent in the air and lights of all colors swirling around you. The arrangements are loose and the vocal harmonies a little ragged, but fans of the genre should find a lot to like. The keyboards of “U.S. of Arthur” figure prominently, mostly organ and harpsichord, with some piano thrown in, and there’s some great fuzz guitar from Joe Tate. Some of the songs are quite good, with “Love Comes in Funny Packages” and “Think Twice” being standouts, though moments of psychedelic silliness like “Yuk Yuk” detract from the quality, and make us glad that technology has given us the Next Track button.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 38, 2009 releases, 1968 recordings

Related artist(s): Salvation

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ozric Tentacles - Arborescence – The Ozrics are masters of the hypnotic groove, finding that seemingly endless psychedelic guitar and synth riff, a repetitive - nearly trance-like structure, and then exploring all of its...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues