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Space Farm

Time for me to pay tribute to my all-time-favorite-all-but-ignored genre, that being the heavy
psychedelic rock of the 1968-73 (or so) period......I've talked about this many times here, but there were hundreds and hundreds of great albums of this type released in this period.....some were great, some just "interesting", but most all remained uncovered until a few years back......as the "building block" for modern-day stoner rock, this stuff became relevant as hell....ironically, the modern day stoner bands are not appreciated for their greatness either, for the most part, and hopefully will get their full due by say about 2045 or so......anyway, the album in question here is Space Farm (from Ne Zealand)'s 1972 self titled wonderwork......kind of bluesy, kind of psychy, very amaturish, NOT a "classic", per se, of the era, but another good one that slipped through the cracks and can easilly be appreciated today as solid rock n roll, listenable as well as significant. Here is a good write-up on the album:


This is a very rare recording by a great Kiwi pychedelic rock / blues band from the early 70's.
In February 1971, when the Underdogs, whom at that time consisted of Harvey Mann, Glen Absolum and Neil Edwards, released their "Wasting My Time" album, and it failed to sell in great numbers, Neil EdwardsDECIDED to leave the group and join Human Instinct. (seeMidotouch for Underdog's LP)
Harvey and Glen added a new bass guitarist, Billy Williams, and to beef up the sound, Bob Gillett was added on saxophone. Also required was a new name, so they became the Australasian Rock Squad.
Bob Gillett had been playing with Breeze prior to joining. Billy Williams came from Classic Affair.
In September 1971, Bob Gillett decided to become a part-time member of the group, so they rechristened themselves Space Farm.
Space Farm only recorded one album for Zodiac. It was self-titled and released in 1972. This album was re-issued on the Little Wing label in 1989 under the name GOING BACK To Eternity".
The album was largely ignored by the public, but Space Farm continued to pull crowds and they remained at the forefront of the underground movement until their demise in 1973. Towards the end of the band, there had been drastic changes within. Harvey began to forego drugs and alcohol and these changes were reflected in his song writing and performances. After the group ended, Harvey took a sabbatical and when he returned to the scene it was as a member of the Krishna faith. He later joined Living Force with Glen.
Billy Williams joined Ticket and Blerta before heading to Australia and great success in a number of Australian groups. In 2000 Ascension Records released their original album on CD.
Interesting if not wholly convincing. Space Farm were a trio of likely Kiwi pot heads from the early seventies. This album has some great moments. The musicianship in places is quite superb, Harvey Mann was an obvious talent and his guitar playing gets right out there in places. At times, you can hear a distinct 'Hendrix' influence in his playing and the production affects in the title track liken themselves to those found on 'Electric Ladyland'. In fact, 'Flying' has a riff very similar to Hendrix's 'Ezy Rider'. My favourite track is by far the excellent live blues track 'Gypsy Queen' and one can't help but compare Harvey's blues work to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan and L.J Hooker.SIMPLY magical stuff here.
However, whoever the singer was (Harvey perhaps?), tends to let down the group somewhat. I felt slight twinges of awkwardness listening to the singer at times and the psycheledic lyrical content is alittle weak at times. That being said though, I still kinda dig this band and highly recommend you have a listen. OK, they're no Split Enz or La De Das but they certainly deserve more recognition than what they have received (or should or say not received) in the past. Pity they didn't get a chance to record more material.
Rip included here was taken from remastered CD at 256kps and includes full album artwork, including the German'GOING BACKTo Eternity' alternative cover.
Track Listing
01. Space Farm
02. Homeward Bound
04. Waking Dream
05. On The Loose
06. Flying
07. Gypsy Queen (Live)
08. Wheel
09. Lover Not A Dancer
Band Members:
Harvey Mann (Guitar)
Billy Williams (Bass Guitar)
Glen Absolum (Drums)
Bob Gillett (Saxophone)

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