Monday, January 22, 2007

Index (Reverb Drenched Garage Psych!!!)

Formed at the University of Detroit in 1967, Index cut one of the most excruciatingly rare psychedelic albums of all time, pressed in an edition of a mere 100 copies. No, it's not worth the $3,000 it lists for in Goldmine's price guide, but it's certainly a nifty, even one-of-a-kind curiosity (and fortunately, it was reissued in the 1980s). A power trio with more or less equal links to the garage and psychedelic eras, Index enhanced their astral aspirations with an unholy amount of reverb drone. One reviewer likened their debut LP, pretty accurately, to sounding as if it had been recorded in a freight elevator. For a psychedelic act, Index's sound was uncommonly morose and minimalistic. They were prone to eerie, repetitious ragas, the reverb giving them a surfing-on-the-moon feel. Their originals were based around modal melodies and mournful, almost Nico-like vocals (although they were entirely male), and they wreaked slow-torture havoc with their drawn-out ragazations of "Eight Miles High," "John Riley," and "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Weirdest of all were their instrumentals, where melody took a distant second to cascading walls of reverb, wah-wah, and shrieking feedback that verged on the avant-garde. Most of the copies of the Index LPs were given away to friends, and the group vanished after the 1960s.

Download here,
Index

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Beautiful Stuff....
I can drown it that reverb and be reborn.

Many thanks Friend
MZ
Sydney, Australia

Ellaguru said...

sorry is not for Index...
i discover a great pearl in your august archives, also thanx to ex Palestinian Light blog comment on Fowley albums!
yeah,Kim Fowley jr ROCKSSS!!!
ciao

Anonymous said...

excellent stuff, thanks for all the great posts this month!!

mutantsounds said...

your blog is great too...you are already added in my links list!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, great blog!

I miss the 60's...

--ionplayer

mars said...

Your whole site is DRUGS!
AND I'M TRIPPIN'!

Greg Sinora said...

A great share, thank you very much.

cheers,
Greg

Glenn Baskin said...

Thank you this is excellent

Kevin said...

I love the reverb drenched sound- definitely one of my favorites on your blog.

Take care!

Kevin

Anonymous said...

love it dude thanks

Ryan said...

wow this be the shitzz, what are these guys doing now? Love hearing stuff from my old state, as well as the SRC post. thank you your site has been an eye opener for me.

lee said...

THANK YHOU VHERY MHUCH !! [ AITCHES
A'PLENTY ]

Anonymous said...

Are these MP3s from a vinyl rip or from a CD boot?

Anonymous said...

This stuff is amazing.
- Jimmy Ohio

ajf said...

What an amazing record! Thanks so much!

Paisley Panties said...

Wow. If Dick Dale did so much acid that he could barely remember how to play, but then struggled valiantly to pull himself together by playing something easy, like "Eight Miles High", it would sound like this. I'm from Detroit, but I never met these guys. Too bad!

Anonymous said...

found this incredible blog last nite & gotta give propers. marvelously eclectic obscuros & fascinating writing to boot. totally captivating. so anyway you got me all sprung for both this here index record & the parameter 'galactic rumble' lp but so sadly the mediafire 'quickey' thing is invalid for both & all other links on the net, to the parameter record anyway are also dead. any chan ce of a repost? i'm hard up to hear these hyped up sounds & share yr love of fuzzy reverb & blown out head music. this site is a treasure, hans freakin frisch, for the love! ok, all done gushing now... back to work for this happy kid, so thx agin.

FM SHADES said...

UPDATED LINK
nov 20 2007

Anonymous said...

i love you

Anonymous said...

wow, i d/l'd this last friday... spun it... and was spun. this was everything your write up promised. love the blog; keep up the great work...