Full Circle - An Interview with Paul Major

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We are honored to have Paul Major with us for the 80th and final episode of Arkivet. Paul has been one of the most influential persons for this podcast as the guru of obscure psychedelic and private press records. In order to have a collector scene, context and coherency are key elements and Paul was one of the first to see the connections and to link private press and real people records to the canon of psychedelic music. Therefore, it is no surprise that many of the records he discovered are true classics and in this episode we play some of the records Paul discovered, and hear him telling the stories of how he found them. We also listen to a few records that are unknown to Paul but that we hope would fit his taste and his well-traveled ears. We couldn’t think of a better way to end this podcast, which has been running for over 6 years and almost 80 hours of recorded material, then to do it together with Paul. We want to thank all of you that have listened to our ramblings and that have participated, in one way or the other, to the show over the years. Thank you all!

Darius-s/t (Chartmaker, 1968)
-I Feel the Need To Carry On
Dark-Dark Round the Edges (Sis, 1972)
-Maypole
Jazz Bend Me Blues Band (Algar, 1967-68)  
-Happiness Dream
Morgen (ABC Probe, 1969)
-Purple
Randy DeMoss and the Space City Group (Planet Records, 197?)
-Is This For Real?
Ray Harlowe and Gyp Fox (Waterwheel Records, 1978)
-Gettin’ Keyed
Sounds of Salvation-s/t (Reflection, 1974)
-Overseers
The Clap-Have You Reached Yet? (Nova Sol Records, 1972) -Out of the Shadows

Also, don’t forget to listen to our previous interview with Paul and a DJ-set we did together last time he was in Stockholm.

Westcoast Jams

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Here we engulf ourselves in some westcoast jams, with bands that doesn’t necessarily have to come from the west coast but all playing that laid-back breezy Californian vibe. Among the highlights of the show is the extremely rare self-titled mini-album by Al Manfredi, which he pressed in about 100 copies for demo purposes and with only very few known to exist today. Also the highly acclaimed Kristyl album is worthy a mention, as it is not only a solid album but one of the true classics in the private press world and discovered already in the ´80s by the legendary Paul Major. Furthermore, we want to highlight the underrated debut of Help Yourself, which in our opinion, is one of the best westcoast-sounding albums from the UK. With that said, we hope you will enjoy our selection of (mostly) 7 minutes westcoast jams.

Al Manfredi-s/t (Band n’ Vocal, 1973)
-Blue Gold
Help Yourself-s/t (Liberty, 1971)    
-Old Man
Snakegrinder-And the shredded Fieldmice (Alligator Shoes, 1977)  
-Love Junkie
Turnquist Remedy-Iowa By the Sea (Pentagram, 1970)  
-All Gone Blues Act II  
Lacewing – Paradox (Mainstream, 1971)    
-Paradox  
Kristyl – s/t (No label, 1975)
-The Valley of Life

Swedish Psychedelic Music Part 2

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We seldom highlight music from our home country but in this episode we turn the spotlight on some Swedish underground and psychedelic bands. In the episode we listen to some of the most obscure bands of the Swedish underground, like Paul Edoh’s Class Breakers, which only release was a test pressing with just a few copies made, but we also play well established acts, such as Nature and Mecki Mark Men. To add some confusion, we also throw in a Finnish band, Cirius, and the reason for the inclusion is that they do a little-known but great version of Bosses Låt (originally recorded by the Swedish band Fläsket Brinner). On top of this, we also listen to some contemporary Swedish progressive music with Pocket-Size and the track Clairvoyant from their new album Immortality (released in December 2018).

Raunchy (Scam records, 1975)
-Flygmaskinen
Nature-Earthmover (Sonet, 1974)   
-Mystery Brew
Paul Edoh’s Class Breakers (No label/test pressing, 1970)   
-It’s Raining
Mecki Mark Men (Philips, 1967)   
-Midnight Land   
Cirius-Cirius II (Blue Master Special, 1974)   
-Bossen Laulu (Bosses Låt)   
Älgarnas Trädgård-Framtiden är ett svävande skepp, förankrat i forntiden (Silence, 1972)
-Saturnus Ringar

You find more info on Pocket-Size and upcoming shows on their homepage and Facebook. For more on Swedish psychedelia, check out this previous episode. Thanks to Stefan Kéry from Subliminal Sounds for providing with information for this episode.