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Vinyl Record Album LP Pressing by
Fifty Foot Hose "Cauldron" Limelight Records LS 86062
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Original 1967 vinyl record pressing by
Fifty Foot Hose "Cauldron" Limelight Records LS 86062

Track List Side 1
1. And After 2. If Not This Time 3. Opus 777 4. The Things That Concern You 5. Opus 11 6. Red The Sign Post 7. For Paula 8. Rose

Track List Side 2
1. Fantasy 2. God Bless The Child 3. Cauldron
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Fifty Foot Hose was one of the most unusual '60s San Francisco psychedelic bands, partly being they are not really that psychedelic. Like a few other acts of the time they were trying to fuse the contemporary sounds of rock with electronic instruments and avant-garde compositional ideas. 68's Cauldron the lone results from the ambitious enterprise, which still remains unknown to all but the hardcore collectors.

picture a female vocalist screaming over a fuzzed out, feedback drenched guitar. Or whispered, spoken words over a repetitive, discordant drone. Or agony filled singing over melodic lead bass lines, syncopated drums and an array of electronic noises including a theramin, oscillator and something called an echolette. Sometimes they sounded like a straightforward garage band with a jazzy feel. Other times they invoked some sort of eerie, hallucinatory movie soundtrack. Above all, though, they rocked as hard as any punk band currently around. They even did a beautiful cover of Billie Holiday's "God Bless The Child."

Although an erratic work, it was intriguing for its mix of jazzy psychedelic rock tunes with electronic sound effects that anticipated future models of synthesizers, but sounded fiercer and more primitive. Marcheschi constructed his own electronic instrument from a combination of elements like theremins, fuzzboxes, a cardboard tube, and a speaker from a World War II aircraft bomber.

Fifty Foot Hose were filled out by guitarist David Blossom and his vocalist wife Nancy, who brought both psychedelic and jazz influences to the band, and a kimsey Evans and Hansley musicians who had played with Marcheschi in other acts. A home demo successfully demonstrated their fusion of electronic effects and songs that were loosely in tune with the San Francisco psychedelic vibe, which led to a deal with Limelight, a subsidiary of Mercury that focused more upon experimental or progressive music than conventional rock and pop outings.

Cauldron was perhaps more interesting for its experimental textures than the sometimes routine compositions -- eerie electronic swoops and jolts swam through the background and foreground of the tracks, enhanced by techniques like putting instruments through an FM transmitter. The jazzier and spookier tunes worked better than the bluesier hard rock items, yet it was an admirably risk-taking effort. But, ultimately, a pretty uncommercial one -- although they got some live work in San Francisco, the album was heard by few at its time of release.
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