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Eclection 1968
In Her Mind
Nevertheless
Violet Dew
Will Tomorrow Be the Same

"Her voice cuts into the brain like a carving knife"
-author Lillian  Roxon talking
about Kerrilee Male

Eclection 1968

Although known as a British band Eclection were, in fact, decidedly international with only one member of the short-lived line up was from the UK.  Trevor Lucas, a folk legend had come from Australia as had Kerrilee Male. Gerry Conway the drummer was from the UK, Georg Hultgren and Michael Rosen came from Norway and Canada, but it was in the UK that the band came together with two members going on to future membership with Fairport Convention.  However the sound here is generally US styled folk rock in similar style to the Mamas and Papas or the Byrds.  Jangly guitars were complemented by organ and a power rhythm section with strings and massed harmony vocals giving the songs a huge sound.  First song 'In Her Mind' has all these qualities and seems to burst from the speakers.  Some tracks such as 'Nevertheless' sound like a less abrasive Jefferson Airplane with a choral section.  The song writing is very strong and sounds quite American, indeed it would be easy to mistake this often for some lost San Franciscan epic.  It would be interesting to hear the original demo treatments of the songs as this may allow the melodies to stand out even more without the massed but overwhelming instrumentation.  'Violet Dew' merges a dream like vocal start with a wonderfully exciting folk rock track that sounds like The Trees or Mellow Candle who would follow.  Tracks with a male lead vocal are often quieter, simpler picked folk with a mournful but warm touch.  'Still I Can See' is a highly regarded track as it starts with an acoustic medieval sounding magical start and then launches into the Mamas and Papas sound mentioned earlier.  'Betty Brown' strips things back to a simpler, more traditional feel with flute and harpsichord.  The album's epic and a track that went down best live is 'St Georg and the Dragon' which fuses acoustic folk rock, siren call vocals, massive brass and a traditional melody line to stunning effect.  The sound is massive, like that achieved by The Hollies on the underrated 'King Midas In Reverse' in the same year.  Flutes, strings, trumpet and trombone swirl around the vocals.   The soloing is excellent and the tracks seems to continually build until it might burst.   In this respect it is also like Simon and Garfunkel's 'The Boxer' but stranger and more unhindered.  At the end we have 'Confusion' a slow burning atmospheric psychedelic track that is also epic but crawls along hinting at post-hippy disorientation with eastern sounding guitars and break down to fragile, damaged sounding vocals.  In retrospect we can position this album as an early folk rock masterpiece that links the early US folk rock sound with that emerging in Fairport Convention that would use the same electric power to resurrect British traditional music.  For a fan of folk rock history, non-traditional folk or the fringes of psychedelic pop this is a must own album

Mothers. Sunday 13th May 1969

Kerrilee Male: vocals
 
Michael Rosen: vocals, guitars,
                         trumpet
 
Georg Hultgren: vocals, guitars
 
Trevor Lucas: bass guitar, vocals
 
Gerry Conway: drums, vocals

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