freeborne Peak Impressions (CD, £11.50)label: Arf! Arf!
Aficionados of 1960s psychedelic rock recognize the Freeborne's 1968 album 'Peak Impressions' as one of the best and most collectable records in the genre. Formed in 1966 as an offshoot of two Boston-area garage bands (The Missing Links and the Indigos), the Freeborne have remained something of an enigma; avoiding both the limelight and the eventual stigma associated with the "Bosstown" fad. Their eclectic musical vision, which incorporates complex musical textures, sophisticated composition, creative studio effects, elements of jazz, rock, blues, and free-form sounds, all create a truly ambitious period piece from the turbulent day-glow Sixties. The sound for this substantial upgrade release is taken directly from the original mastertapes and includes six bonus and enlightening alternate mono mixes. In addition, the package concludes with three recent 'Reborne' compositions from 2010 that involve three members of the original band and pay homage to the their original adventurous musical spirit. This quality 78-minute CD edition comes packaged in an informative 24-page booklet chock full of pictures, memorabilia, and liner notes by noted archivist Gary Burns culled from insightful interviews with all five members of the ensemble.
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