In 1968, Bill Wyman produced the Holy Grail of Headphone Albums – and then… what the hell happened?? VIDEO
One thing you learn sleuthing for obscure psychedelic music from the sixties is that for every “White Rabbit” there is a “Night Sounds Loud.” And a “Crystal Forms.” And God knows how many other brilliant songs grown out of the same protoplasm but forgotten to history.
There is just no shortage of mind-exploding songs that have long ago slipped away into The Nothing – standout songs from bands less consistent or just less lucky than Jefferson Airplane.Even knowing that so much great overlooked music is out there – buried deep in record stacks and on YouTube I was unprepared for ‘Introspection’ by The End.Ironically – seeing that it was produced by Bill Wyman and engineered by Glyn Johns actually lowered my expectations. Let me explain. For an album with such a pedigree – produced by a Rolling Stone in 1968 – to have completely fallen between the cracks it couldn’t actually be any good or surely I’d have heard about it before now.Even the album cover is great – is that Charlie Watts’ eye?? It was just too good to be true so it had to be lousy.
But it’s not lousy. In fact it’s incredibly not lousy. Not just one or two of the songs either – the whole album is a full-bodied technicolor blowout.
Exquisite production – hooks galore and whiplash transitions…
you might want to take a minute to dig out your good headphones: