White Eyes were a bunch of beatnik longhairs from Missouri. They peddled psych-drenched rock, garnished with glorious harmonies. The five-piece travelled across North America with their gear jammed into a 1953 Cadillac hearse touring like crazy whilst they perfected their live set. This self-titled LP was recorded during Late '69 and early '70 and intended as a promo only. The band never got the break they deserved. Luckily, for fans of psychedelia, you can now buy it!
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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 11th July 2015
White Eyes debut, only and eponymous album was recorded in 1969. Despite support slots with the likes of The Flying Burrito Brothers and Black Oak Arkansas, meaning the band were getting somewhere, this album was never released. It probably deserves "lost classic" status too as it was genuinely lost and forgotten about despite being right up there with a lot of the American rock music of its era. Basically, if you like Jefferson Airplane or Big Brother & The Holding Company, you'll like this. The interplay between the male and female vocals, the three-part harmonies and production are very similar to Jefferson Airplane. It sounds like it comes from the heart of Haight-Ashbury rather than there actual home of un-hip Missouri. Opener "It's For You" is the stand-out track. It kind of sounds like Jefferson Airplane reworking The Yardbirds' "For Your Love". "Streetcar Love" is great and could have been as big as "Somebody To Love" or "White Rabbit" had it been known. "Hard Hard Living" could be easily fit on "Cheap Thrills", although the recording of this album sounds better. I can't understand why this has only just seen the light of day.
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