Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: April 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Label: Aztec Records
Aztec Records presents this fully re-mastered CD edition of the legendary Blackfeather album At the Mountains of Madness. Originally issued on Festival’s newly inaugurated progressive label Infinity in April 1971, the record has had an extraordinary lifespan. It was a strong national seller back in the day and remains one of the most highly regarded heavy psych releases from the golden age of Australia’s early 1970s rock scene.
As musical tastes continue to evolve, the sights and sounds from that long-gone era regularly fall in and out of favour yet this album has come full circle and gained international recognition with original pressings of the LP commanding high prices on the collector market. Alongside the likes of Spectrum, Tamam Shud, Aztecs, Coloured Balls, Buffalo, Masters Apprentices etc, this is music that still enthrals, an important release in the annals of Aussie rock history revived for a new era and for fresh ears to receive.
The album is dominated by the fluid, inventive guitar playing of John Robinson, the strident vocals of the then 19-year-old Neale Johns and the agile drive of the powerful rhythm section. The songs mix that heavy progressive sound with psychinflected guitar, making them some of the finest examples of the genre. Highlights include the airy, seductive ‘Seasons of Change’ (a classic single, featuring the late, great Bon Scott on recorder), the thunderous Zeppelin-styled ‘Long Legged Lovely’ and the Clapton-esque ‘On this Day that I Die’.
Beautifully re-mastered sound by the ever-reliable Gil Matthews, the audio quality is indeed impressive with sonic dynamics that reveal the full spectrum of sound on offer. Packaged in a Deluxe 6 panel digi-pak, featuring bonus tracks and 24 page booklet with rare photos and liner notes.