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Album Review

Eclection's sole album is very much a period piece of its era, albeit an attractive and at times intriguing one. At root this is slightly melancholy folk-rock with a strong Californian influence, particularly in the blends of six-string and twelve-strings, of acoustic and electric guitars, and of male and female vocal harmonies. What sets this off slightly from the Seekers and the Mamas and the Papas is the ornate production by Ossie Byrne, and particularly the pseudo-baroque orchestral arrangements by Phil Dennys. It's also set off somewhat from the most commercial Californian pop-folk-rock by the slightly spacy, psychedelic aura of the lyrics, even if the sentiments are about as misty dew-eyed as they come in folk-rock. The harmonies can't fail to bring to mind a cross between the Seekers, early Jefferson Airplane, We Five, and Mamas and the Papas, particularly due to female singer Kerrilee Male's strong, earnest pipes. The record's chief flaw is that the all-original material, while sometimes extremely pleasant, fails to stick in the craw, causing one's attention to drift somewhat over the course of the disc. It's also true that the arrangements get a little too inappropriately fruity at times. It's still a nice listen, some songs making more of an impression than others, such as "Nevertheless," which might have had some hit potential.

Customer Reviews

Classic of British Folk-Rock

Eclection have at last begun to gain the recognition they deserved as innovators with this album. While only one of this band was a Brit, they came together in London in 1968 toured, and dispersed, some going on to become integral members of legendary bands like Pentangle, Fotheringay and Fairport Convention, but leaving only one LP in their wake. Sadly, the amazing vocals of Australian Kerrilee Male were never heard again. Forget comparisons with US West Coast groups. Eclection were of that time, but unique and wove an entrancing, rich kaleidoscope all their own. It is simply music to enjoy, for all their considerable virtuosity.

Good, but…

There are some fine psychedelic folk-rock tunes here, very much of their era. And rather different from main song-writer Georg Hultgreen’s later material — he’s better known as Georg Kajanus, the driving force behind 1980s pop group, Sailor. Other band members went on to join Fairport Convention.

However, the sound quality is less than great; unpleasantly shrill at times.

So… for completists only.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

An interesting, offbeat folk-rock group of the late '60s, Eclection ultimately were not quite strong, distinctive, or dogged enough to make much of an impact during their brief lifespan. One of the few British acts on the Elektra roster during that era, their sole album (Eclection, 1968) sounded unusually Californian for a British group of the period. While at their core they were melodic, slightly bittersweet folk-rock, the production — by Ossie Byrne (who also worked with the early Bee Gees)...
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