Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows by Spectrum

That title is just … wow. Ok. Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows (hi mum) originally dropped in 1994 and now gets a reissue via Medical Records (Pram, Martin Jenkins). The main protagonist in Spectrum is ex-Spacemen 3 member Sonic Boom, and the influence of that group’s gnarled psychedelic fantasia is very much on display here. These trippy soundscapes meet in the middle of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Orb and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.

Vinyl LP £30.99 MED079

Reissue LP on Medical Records - second pressing on 180g black vinyl.

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Limited Vinyl LP £19.74 MOVLP2176C

Transparent red vinyl reissue LP on Music On Vinyl. Limited edition of 1500 numbered copies.

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Highs, Lows, and Heavenly Blows by Spectrum
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7/10 Richard 29th August 2018

The follow up to the brilliant and majestically packaged 'Soul Kiss (Glide Divine)' this was Sonic Boom's second LP under the Spectrum moniker. It's not as good as 'Soul Kiss' but it certainly has it's moments. Unfortunately it seems to peak with the opening track 'Undo The Taboo' which is a gorgeous slow burner featuring treacle like vocals that sound like Mr Kember may have imbibed something to just take the edge of things. It really is a wonderful track. After that things become rather samey and the pace remains snail like. There are moments when it sounds like Popol Vuh (no bad thing at all) but it never really achieves take off after such a great opening.



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