Sky Saxon & The Seeds
The veteran Sixties psychedelic garage legend!
* STUDIO ALBUM plus DVD from the LEGENDARY SKY SAXON of the SEEDS.
* Veteran SKY who influenced The Doors; the punk scene; and was at the heart of psychedelia!
* STUDIO album recorded in London in 2005; his first for many years.
* Backed by members of BARRACUDAS, SCIENTISTS and SPACEMEN 3. Two discs in slipcase.
* DVD is a live show of 15 songs incl. original hits plus half-hour documentary & interviews!
In 1965, former rock’n’roll singer Sky Saxon formed THE SEEDS. Their biggest hit, ‘Pushing Too Hard’ took a year to reach the US top 40 in 1966, but was followed by further US hits ‘Mr. Farmer’, ‘Cant Seem To Make You Mine’, ‘One Thousand Shadows’. Their two 1966 albums ‘THE SEEDS’ and the more adventurous ‘A WEB OF SOUND’ were an undeniably simple but nonetheless brilliant blend of British and blues influences, leading to comparisons as being ‘America’s own Rolling Stones’
These raw and simplistic records with Sky’s idiosyncratic vocals, Wurlitzer combo keyboards and fuzztone guitar became to epitomise the phenomenon ‘Garage Rock’ and a decade later influenced punk, but the Seeds soon surpassed that label. In 1967 they coined the term ‘Flower Power’ and were at the centre of the new psychedelic scene. Hanging out with the Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart and The Monkees, Sky’s new compositions like ‘March of the Flower Children’ and ‘Travel With Your Mind’ on the ‘FUTURE’ album contained acid-tinged playful whimsy, and like the Beatles they innovated with Eastern-style instrumentation.
At this point in their success they headlined over bands such as The Doors (who built both their vocal & keyboard sound upon the Seeds style), Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, The Kinks, Vanilla Fudge, The Supremes, and split the bill in New York with Jimi Hendrix. They cameoed in Jack Nicholson’s ‘Psych Out’ movie, sold out the Hollywood Bowl and mega-success seemed around the corner.
Later in 1967 Sky released a blues collaboration with Muddy Waters ‘A SPOONFUL OF SEEDY BLUES’ followed in early ’68 with The Seeds ‘RAW & ALIVE: MERLIN’S MUSIC BOX’, a live album showcasing the band to be a powerhouse, but shortly after they disbanded. Since then Sky changed his name to Sky Sunlight Saxon and occasionally resurfaced to release a solo album, whilst always remaining true to his 60’s principles.
The Seeds’ huge influence is demonstrated by the many artists who’ve covered them, including Garbage, The Ramones, The Damned, Pere Ubu, The Dwarves, Residents, Cabaret Voltaire, Pretty Things, Billy Childish, Johnny Thunders & Noel Gallagher.
In 2004 Sky Saxon resurrected The Seeds to tour UK & Europe with Arthur Lee and Love and on their own, and recorded the ‘RED PLANET’ album in America.
Sky recorded a new studio album ‘TRANSPARENCY’ in 2005 and filmed a DVD in London with members of The Barracudas, The Scientists and Spacemen 3, issued as a double package release in September 2005. Sky Saxon & the Seeds toured his last tour of Europe from August through to October 2005.
Sadly, Sky Saxon died in June 2009.
CD: You Gotta Ride; Little White Book; Star Setter; Seven Mystic Horses; Alacazam; Hammer; Daytime Girl; Lighter; Sheba; Walk Alone; Space Ship. Produced by Sterling Roswell & Neil Brockbank at Goldtop Studio.
DVD: You Gotta Ride; Tripmaker; No Escape; Can’t Seem To Make You Mine; Evil Hoodoo; Daytime Girl; Lighter; Diamond Mind; Mr. Farmer; Up In Her Room; Space Ship; Pushing Too Hard; Hammer; Rock’n’Roll Shiva, Live at the Dirty Water Club, London plus ‘SAXON INVADES LONDON’, a 27-minute documentary with interviews.
DVD Running time: approx 85 mins.
NTSC DVD, viewable all areas and all systems.
‘TRANSPARENCY’ FREUDCD082 Released September 19th 2005
Also available: ‘RED PLANET’ FREUDCD080 Released Nov. 15th 2004
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