Chapter Music have been reissuing Tully records left right and centre for the past years, and the band's self-titled 'Tully' is the final record to get such treatment. It was initially released in 1970, when the psych, acid and surfin' rock Aussies were perhaps most prevalent in their scene and when they were most into pulling off their ridiculous improvisation tricks.
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 05 September 2014
Here's the final, erm, chapter of Chapter Music's series of Tully reissues, and the first time the Aussie band's debut has been reissued on vinyl since its 1970s release. I've only previously encountered this band on their 'Sea Of Joy' soundtrack album (I saw the words "surf" and "rock" together and thought it'd sound like '60s California - it doesn't and is in fact rather a serene listen), and this self-titled debut is a very different beast altogether.
The band was formed in 1968 after members of r'n'b show band Levi Smith's Clefs got restless and decided they wanted to expand their musical horizons, and is a curious mixture of avant-prog, '60s jazz and psychedelic pop with all sorts of unexpected diversions into hymn-like organ and choir serenity ('Love's White Dove'), droney ambience ('Phsssst') Canterbury-inspired folk-prog ('La Nave Bleu') and unsurprisingly a couple of jazz-pop moments like the quirky 'Sleepy-Head Red'. Despite its unpredictable styles, the album flows together very naturally and (as you'd expect with their show band pedigree) the musicianship and arrangements are measured and tasteful even when they're ploughing through their wackier material. Really charming and unusual stuff.
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