Sapphire Thinkers – From Within – Hobbit Records – `70

YES ! i brought the FUZZ , ACID & FLOWERS BACK !
hold on tight….
just found this gem the other day .. i am assuming this puppy is pretty scarce.
i have certainly never seen it. i might sell it , so i thought i would share it 1st. hope you kids enjoy this one ! My fave trax : please understand , title track & theres a woman
very nice west coast sunshine psych out of LA with all the right ingredients — organ, fuzz, flute, male/female vocals, cool harmonies, etc. recorded by sandy lehmann-haupt, an original merry prankster and sound man on the Pranksters’ bus. Quality from start to finish. and yes, those are mushrooms on the cover.
more ….
Other than Vernon Joynson’s entry in Fuzz, Acid and Flowers and his very similar summary of the album in “Flashback”, used in the sleeve notes for the CD re-issue, there is very little information on this excellent band and their work. Joynson’s summary from the sleeve notes was as follows “…similar to Jefferson Airplane and Peanut Butter Conspiracy…based in LA, they were probably Californian. The album contains some pleasant vocal arrangements/harmonies and nice touches of acid and fuzz guitar and is recommended”. I couldn’t agree more. If it’s light and breezy West Coast psych inflected pop you’re looking for, then this band make all the right moves. In addition to melodies and male/female vocal harmonies to rival The Mamas & The Papas, and a groovieness in the vein of Ultimate Spinach, there’s a few more things that really stand out on the album for me. These are the technically brilliant snappy keyboard backing on most tracks, the stunning lead guitar breaks that really lift several of the tracks, and the sprinkling of flute over the album. The standout tracks are the title track “From Within” and the amazing “I Got To You” which is contains the best harmony work on the album and some beautifully introspective guitar pieces. Yet another talented bunch of musicians that never received the attention they deserved.

Saphhire Thinkers – From Within – Hobbit Records – `70
*includes high rez front/back cover scans ! MP3 @ 320kbps

1. MELANCHOLY BABY 2:11
2. I FEEL A BIT STRANGE 2:42
3. GET ALONG BOY 1:57
4. BLUES ON YOU 3:03
5. FROM WITHIN 3:23
6. I GOT TO YOU 2:45
1. NOT ANOTHER NIGHT : 2:51
2. LET HER COME IN 2:17
3. PLEASE UNDERSTAND : 2:56
4. BLIND WITH A BORROWED LIGHT 2:30
5. THERE’S A WOMAN 2:40
6. DOIN’ ALRIGHT 4:47

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~ by akashaman on January 26, 2008.

14 Responses to “Sapphire Thinkers – From Within – Hobbit Records – `70”

  1. Brilliant, thanks for this, looking forward to hearing this lost classic. 🙂

  2. I’m totally sitting right next to one of the guys in this album. On the picture he is in the far right. He was my AP World teacher and now is my AP US teacher. He was totally touched by all of your comments. He is still that hippie he was back then.. just a bit more educated! I just today found out he made an album and I’m going to go and download and listen!

  3. Beauuuutiful record!!! Thankx.

  4. great find! thanks for your work!-tony

  5. Hi from Cy
    I’ll give this a birl, great to hear that some of the usual suspects made it through TO and back from the Other Side to this side which is as far out as one needs to be?
    Thanks for keeping the Pranksters in the pool

  6. Just found you via this one. Excellent find mate – keep it. Thanx for sharing.

  7. thanks aka, my preferred genre!

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  9. LOL , man ; i started transferring it & it was just too damn noisy ! its a super shame ,cause thats one killer LP.looking for another gem to share , so sorry !aka`

  10. whom must one soivice to get a listen to the likes of “hamilton streetcar” round heeah?we saliwaitin’ here…

  11. Hi, love your blog, i’m enjoying the Willow lp, but this one seems to be deleted, guess I got here late…any chance of a re-up? Thanks!!!

  12. 1 listen so far and seems pretty damn good! …phased drums kicking in now; that’s the way I like it I tell you, I’m in Heaven! Akasha-man, we thank ye

  13. ha : finally more post on this one !your right , this is a beautifull record , glad you are diggin on it !thanks for feedback :keep `em spinnin .. more psych pop next : oh , never heard the “hamilton streetcar” LP !?🙂aka`

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