First album from cult band since 1967

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Sky Saxon & The Seeds – Red Planet

As Dr Johnson once said when asked to comment on the skills of a dancing dog, it’s not a question of how well the beast does it. What’s impressive is that he does it at all. We might say the same of Sky Saxon, who at almost 70 is still trying to bridge the gap between garage-rock and psychedelia as if 1967’s endless summer had never ended.

Red Planet is the first Seeds album in 37 years, and although Saxon’s comeback is hardly in the Arthur Lee class, there’s something oddly appealing about the period Wurlitzer organ sound and the primitive fuzz guitars on songs such as “Fools On Capitol Hill” and “Colorized Bottles”.