‘Yeah – that record’s part of history alright’ says Williams – who’s delighted about the reissue.
‘It really captures what was going back then – in that things were pretty wild and free.
Unfortunately New Zealand seems a lot more conservative these days.”
He pauses as if considering how honest he should be with some snooping journalist.
And then he decides – well it was 45 years ago – so what the hell?
‘To be honest we were pretty out-of-it man.
We took a boat-load of acid on a really regular basis.
That record was the sound of us trying to share a good thing.
We recorded the whole thing in just a few days.
It was a s..tload of fun doing it – um… apparently’
Williams admits he barely recalls the recording sessions.
Born in Mount Maunganui – Space Farm’s singer/ guitarist Harvey Mann was a veteran of earlier blues-rock bands The Underdogs and The Brew.
So skilful was his plank-spankery that local fans appropriated the famous ‘Clapton is God’ graffiti of 1960s London in his honour – painting ‘Mann is God’ on walls around Auckland.