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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

A charmer

Definitely of its time, but certainly worth a few listens. For me, the stand-out track is "St. Georg...", with its whacked-out brass section and oddly effective french horn solo. (Just TRY rocking out on french horn!) With a multi-national personnel, however, the music doesn't really hit as deep a folk-rock groove as Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention, nor does it real find a sound of its own.

For you personnel freaks out there...

This 1968 offering was the debut effort for singer/guitarist Georg Hultgreen - later known as Georg Kajanus (see also: Sailor, Data (80's version), and Noir (Strange Desire)). Also in the band were the late bassist Trevor Lucas (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay) and drummer Gerry Conway (also Fotheringay), as well as Mike Rosen on trumpet and the previously mentioned Kerrilee Male (vocals). Definitely a band who lived up to their name!

One of the best of its era

I have had this in vinyl for YEARS and is played to death. It is one of the best albums of its era, period. It is folk, Rick and psychedelic pop all mashed in an ECLECTIC blend. If you think of bands like The Moody Blues, Jefferson Airplane, the Mamas and The Papas and Fairport Convention you will hear a little of all of those styles. There were three lead vocalists (similar to Airplane) and some virtuoso classical style playing mixed in. It's a shame they were a one and out band but I guess they were just missed at the time. There was an American band called Genesis that I look at in the same way (not the Gabriel/Collins band). Both had great releases but they did not go far. This is a must have if you like music of the era. Just resist the urge to roll one up and give it a clear listen.

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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