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  • Arzachel

    Can't remember whose they were, but there were a couple of copies at the last meet (llmod1? belson? ). What's the score with this lp and how many different issues were there?
    I know that the original big money UK copy on Evolution has a blue sleeve without any text, there's a US issue on Roulette with red artwork and Arzachel across the sleeve, and I thought that at least one of the copies at the last meet had a greyish cover with the same text as the US?

    Can anyone give me a hand on this - has it been booted and are all copies worth cash ?
    Stop wasting your money on records and get a proper hobby.

  • #2
    The Evolution issue came first. Then Roulette, in the US, with the pinkish colour, which goes for anywhere from about 20 bucks to well over a ton. There's a French issue up right now, which looks a little optimistic on the part of the seller. Then there was a Spanish boot on wah-wah (which should go for $10-20) and I believe somone like Akarna is in the process of producing a legitimate, heavyweight vinyl reissue. Both Ilmod and I have the reddish Roulette pressing...

    I bought mine for the version of Soul Thing, AKA Queen Street Gang. Hammond set to 'church', tempo set to 'snail's pace' and bottom end set to 'heavy'. Not the fact that Steve Hillage is on there under the pseudonym of Simeon Sarsparilla (sp?).  Who are the other guys?
    You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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    • #3
      Arzachel is Egg, early 70s proggers with Hillage on guitar-
      See below, this by Peter Kurtz, All Music Guide:

      Collectors of rare psychedelia recognize Arzachel's sole LP as being one of the most desired (and pricey) relics from the late '60s. The record was initially released in England on the obscure Evolution label and later in America on Roulette. Unlike most monster psych collectors' albums, however, Arzachel had two things which helped transition it to the CD era: the music is a head above most other psych rarities, and the four musicians later achieved marginal success within the '70s progressive rock "Canterbury scene."
      The band initially called themselves Uriel and formed in December, 1967 after guitarists Dave Stewart (not the one from the Eurythmics) and Steve Hillage met in math class at the City of London School. After recruiting lead vocalist/bassist Hugo Montgomery Campbell (Mont Campbell), Stewart soon realized Hillage was the better axeman and switched to organ. Drummer Clive Brooks was discovered via an ad in Melody Maker magazine. Uriel then secured a summer residency at an Isle of Wight hotel called Ryde Castle. They also were filmed for an English sex education film and came close to jamming with Jimi Hendrix after meeting him on a London street.
      According to Hillage, their one album was "done for a laugh really. Somebody gave us a day in the studio, and we made a psychedelic album!" But the record wasn't released until after Hillage quit Uriel to attend college in Canterbury (he later played with both Kevin Ayers and Gong before going solo). Stewart, Campbell, and Brooks carried on as the classical rock trio Egg. The Uriel album made with Hillage was released in 1969 under the name Arzachel, with fictional names and bios of the musicians to avoid contractual difficulties. The record itself featured some of the most explosive psychedelia by an English group, but without any promotion, it quickly plunged into obscurity. It was years later before collectors started depleting their bank accounts to obtain what few copies of Arzachel were originally released.
      Stop wasting your money on records and get a proper hobby.

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      • #4
        spend yer money on the Hi-Fly 'instro-hipsters' comp and get some decent tunes as well as Queen St Gang, instead of lots of badly recorded fret-wankery that isnt for the faint hearted...the Freak emporium might still have the spanish boot...it is seriously not worth 500 notes of any fool's money!!!

        what was all that 'Private Auction' stuff about too? if you pay extra do they let you do it out of the public gaze??? Two-tier Ebay already then...

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        • #5
          I think it's Germany with the two-tier eBay setup Chris. You can't pry into how much they've previously bid or nuffink. Something to do with their privacy laws. But I always get very suspicious when sellers from other countries conduct private auctions...
          You freeking scientologists are all the same, quible, dribble and then demand ice creams. Ohhhhhhhhhhh.

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          • #6
            I thought you could make yourself 'private' in the options. I wouldnt let anyone private buy anything off me - Cheeky get have 0 feedback.
            www.thesoundlibrary.net <- Changed URL

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