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Morgen – Morgen (1969) review

September 17, 2013

Morgen – Morgen (1969) review

Morgen “Morgen” (Sunbeam Records
2012)
Although “Morgen” has often been
called the greatest psychedelic album few people have actually heard, the level
of its visibility has rapidly been rising these past several years. Thanks to
the miracle of the internet, word has spread about the disc and now that a high
quality reissue is available, more folks obviously have the opportunity to own
a copy of the rare artifact. Initially released on the Probe label in late
1969, the album was recorded by a New York band named after their lead singer,
Steve Morgen, while lead guitarist Murray Shiffrin, rhythm guitarist Barry
Stock, bassist Bobby Rizzo and drummer Mike Ratti cemented the group.
Shaking with raw and sexual energy,
“Morgen” carries the kind of urgency and excitement executed by bands
like Love, the Doors and the Rolling Stones. Composed of all original material,
the songs, which are dipped in acid-riddled acrylics and animated lyrics,
really pull the listener in. Snarling with conviction and purpose, the vocals
are utterly intense, where the guitar playing, sizzling with killer diller
dynamics, exposes an allegiance to Jimi Hendrix. The whole band is amazingly
fantastic, as they lock everything together with sweat dripping from their
knitted brows and thunder and lightening crackling from their instruments.
The first track on the disc, “Welcome
To The Void,” with its seductively dark temper and shivery equations, sets
the motion for the remainder of the songs. Huddles of hard driving rhythms,
supported by drifts of imaginative breaks, powerful drumming and melodies are
staples throughout. Moody but tough, “Morgen” has a lot going on,
making it the type of record you can spin over and over and over again and
still experience new sensations. A shot of flashy jazz riffs adorn the haunting
grip of “Love” and “She’s The Nightime” tosses a catchy pop
feel into the system. Stirring with life and spontaneous inspiration, “Of
Dreams,” “Beggin’ Your Pardon (Miss Joan),” “Purple”
and “Eternity In Between” are ideal illustrations of genuine
psychedelic rock. Positively paralyzing, “Morgen” is one of my very
favorite albums, and it should be yours too!
Review made by Beverly Paterson/2013
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