Band/Record: Mashmakhan - Mashmakhan
Label/Matrix: NL 1970 CBS S 64159
Condition Record/Sleeve: Mint-/EX+ (record immaculate, DREAM audio. Cover clean and unwritten, like new, with corners only tiny "eaten")
Extra Info: Fantastic Album !! Their rare 1st album. Original Dutch 1st press on CBS. Wow ..Minty dream audio ..top copy !!
~~ Named after the biggest drug dealer of the city, Mashmakhan
was a Montreal quartet that rose to national attention before
cross-town rivals of XXX and Morse Code Transmission. Lead by the
multi-talented Pierre Sénécal, the group had started out as Triangle, a back-up band to Trevor Payne, but by the end of the decade, he was history and Mashmakhan
was happening with some wild psych rock. On stage, the group's presence
consisted of drummer Mercer's impressive bearded looks and drumming,
while bassist Edwards sang and Sénécal's keyboards and wind instruments provided more visual focus.
They got signed to major label Columbia and released their first
self-titled album in 1970 and the extracted single As Years Go By shot
through charts around the world. The music developed is a tidy psych
rock, sometimes looking at early Floyd (as the album's sleeve artwork
points to Piper), sometimes to more open musical
The group would release their second album, The Family, the next
year and extracted three singles from it, but none would equal As The
Years Go By, although they were still successful in Canada. This second
album is rather different with longer tracks, more instrumental
interplay, but definitely not as tight as their debut.
After the second album's release, the group would release a few more
singles on a different label, but each one was having less success than
its predecessor, so logically Sénecal left the group to ?. Silence for certain amount of years. The group went on until late 73 with a slew of member changes
would go on to multiple projects including two solo albums about a
decade later, while drummer Mercer would join APRIL WINE when the
Halifax group relocated to Montreal by the mid-70's and the other
members Blake and Edwards would form RIVERSON, that would record just one album. The group Mashmakhan
went on to reform a few times for short reunions in the late 70?s with
Mercer bringing in APRIL WINE members, but nothing evolved out of it.
One of Canada's first progressive groups to achieve international Rock
fame along with THE GUESS WHO (remember American Woman), MASHMAKHAN is sadly a bit forgotten nowadays, but still deserves your attention if you're into early prog.
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