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THIRD EAR BAND ‘The Magus’ (Angel Air SJPCD173) (2004)

Mo Foster

Third Ear Band occupied a decidedly leftfield position on the Harvest label in the late-sixties. This is the legendary 'lost' album from 1972 and was probably only ever designed for chilling-out with a bong whilst wearing a rainbow-hooped jersey.

'The Magus' is of its time, yes, but it has rubbed up well for the millennium. There's poetry, there's a sitar. There's even a hint of Hawkwind in there with newly-discovered electronica and a persistent saxophone. Indeed, the 'wind's Simon House cut his molars here, before getting his mitts on Del Dettmar's discarded VCS3.

It comes as no surprise that Third Ear provided the soundtrack to Roman Polanski's 'Macbeth'. 'The Magus' is like an extended mantra to some magical, weird, sexual, and definitely very sixties experience. Orgytastic.


Review by David Randall

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