Ahora Mazda - Ahora Mazda (expanded) 2 x 180 gram vinyl lps (due to size and weight, this price for the USA only. Outside of the USA, the price will be adjusted as needed)

SKU 18-VP 99034LP
Classic 1970 Dutch psychedelic release, here given the uber-deluxe reissue treatment, including an entire disc of unedited material from the same sessions that produced the original album, as well as archival photos and new liner notes!

"Exclusively restored, dynamic 24 bit remastering from the original master tapes. High quality 180 gram audiophile pressing housed in deluxe 350 gram carton gatefold sleeve. Ahora Mazda existed in a dark corner of deep space at the heart of the Dutch psychedelic underground. From 1968 until 1970 they were the house band at Fantasio, the epicenter of Amsterdams hippy movement. Drawing inspiration from Ornette Coleman, Soft Machine, John Coltrane, Captain Beefheart and others, Ahora Mazdas gravity-defying, self-described 'musical freedom trips' exploring regions uncharted - journeys without maps. Released in May 1970, their only album is regarded by collectors as one of the hidden gems of Dutch psychedelia, and is sometimes likened to the best Krautrock groups of the era. This deluxe 180 gram double-LP set presents the original album in its entirety, plus a second disc of unedited live-in-the-studio performances from the same sessions, all mastered from the original tapes. The gatefold sleeve features the beautiful original cover art by Rik Lina, along with rare archival photos and liner notes by Ugly Things magazine's Mike Stax."

"They named themselves after ancient Persian gods (which was quite apt for their loose hippie rock). Their only album is a precious item for those who still wear their kaftans and stay awake until sunrise! "Spacy Tracy" starts as a slow Barrett-esque girl story, but soon enters a free-form freakout zone with rambling percussion, strummed piano strings and disjointed guitars. You'll also note the unusually free-roaming flute notes (the rat catcher spell-binding the innocent children to follow him into the suspicious regions of Amsterdam's red-light district) on each-and-every track. The excellent "Timeless Dream" is a more mellow number with mysterious flutes and gurgling voices treated with Leslie effects. "Oranje Vrijstaat" re-visits free-form territories, perhaps overdoing it this time. "Fallen Tree" is the obvious highlight, an irresistible song featuring a long, psychedelic guitar-solo (followed by a flute solo). "Power" delves into deranged thoughts of supernatural powers, while "Fantasio" is a mad procession of tablas, percussion, trumpet, sax, mouth harp and, at the very end, that flute-playing rat catcher. This is an example of how uncompromising and uncommercial the the Dutch underground bands tended to be, diving into Eastern mysticism and psycho-active, spiritual improvisations. Probably the group described it best themselves: 'The mirror which is held by Ahora Mazda is partly shady, but look into it and you may see, as many travellers before you did, something of your own mind". A classic piece of strange psychedelia!"-Scented Gardens of the Mind
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