June 09, 2012

4. Smiling Men With Bad Reputations - Mike Heron [1971]

Good people to hang out with...

mountain  men
smiling eccentrics
men who build their own homes


parents who learn from their children
amateur  musicians
serene  psychotics
men who look at sunsets
men who walk in the woods
beautiful  women
men who sit by the fire
men who make bread
couples who have been in love for years
unemployed  men
smiling men with bad reputations

 - Timothy Leary, Psychedelic Prayers 

Heron, ahem... takes flight with spirited assistance from: Townshend, Moon, Lane, Cale, Winwood, Page, Thompson and er...Dr Strangely Strange. Mike rocks out, blowing away whimsy, sitars and ISB patchouli clouds without trampling the legacy underfoot. Intriguingly, his wayward voice feels more at ease with folk rock belters than the slower acoustic ISB fare. 

A good bunch of songs to hang out with for a while, and one to cherish.

Oddi wrth y brawd


Y Brawd said...

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you're leaving us. wtf :(

Anonymous said...

i never knew this existed... thanks!

the saucer people said...

I remember reading the Psychedelic Prayers as a young teenager and the line about seeking "smiling men with bad reputations" always stuck with me, words of good advice.

had no idea either this album existed, a bit of a find to say the least - many thanks.

ROOKSBY said...

Thanks for sharing this, I wanted to hear it before buying a copy. It's quite expensive these days, after all... :)

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