the seeds

the seeds

The Seeds - "Out Of The Question" (1967)

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MONO VERSION The “A Thousand Shadows” 45 rpm from this album, Future, came in a pink sleeve decorated by gray four-leaf clovers and a negative picture of the Seeds next to a sign that says “Wishing Well – Help Us Grow.” “A Thousand Shadows” is the melody as well as the feel of their Top 40 1967 hit “Pushin’ Too Hard.” Breaking no new ground, the band insisted on revisiting its formula, reinventing new versions of “Pushin’ Too Hard” like “Flower Lady & Her Assistant.” This is a sophisticated package with a gatefold which includes lyrics over pastel sunflowers as if the band was Joni Mitchell. Three colorful pages come inside the album, including two beautiful photos of the group along with single flowers representing the songs on the disc with instructions: “Cut out paste on whatever” for grade schoolers or those so strung out on LSD they have regressed to that point. “Six Dreams” is Black Sabbath’s Ozzie meeting George Harrison in some biker film soundtrack with weird sound effects and a sitar. The harp on “Fallin’” underscores Saxon’s passionate garage vocal. Imagine, if you will, Brian Jones during the recording of Satanic Majesties deciding to bare all the excesses of rock stardom. This album is a trip, not because it reflects the ideas captured in the Peter Fonda film of the same name, but because a band had the audacity to experiment with record company money and make something so noncommercial and playful. Droning organ sounds penetrate “Fallin’,” the seven minute, 40 second final track. Saxon writes in the inner-sleeve essay “Originations of the Flower Generation” “…The farmer lives by the elements alone, the sun, the rain, and the earth, but the earth needs its seeds to sow the flower generation of the leaf….” It’s heady stuff, and the melody and sound of “Pushin’ Too Hard” permeates incessantly. Hardly a Future, as the title proclaims, this is actually the Sgt. Pepper of the flower-power set, a reinvention of past efforts, but no “Strawberry Fields” or “Day in the Life” to bring it out of its cult niche. Very listenable, highly entertaining, and totally not for the mass audience. GNP stands for Gene Norman Presents, and the label should be commended for allowing such creativity which inspired Iggy Pop and the Lyres’ Mono Mann. Saxon played his game to the hilt, and that followers like Mono Mann and Jeff Connelly would get stuck in his groove is only testament to how original and enthralling these sounds are. Tunes like “Now a Man” are low-key Ventures riffs with naïve guitar and Saxon being as indulgent as humanly possible. Fans should also seek out a 45 on Expression records, “Beautiful Stars” by Sky Sunlight and Thee New Seeds featuring Rainbow. Despite its musical limitations, Future holds up quite well to repeated plays by sitting firmly in the past. (Joe Viglione, All Music Guide)