The Green Ray (1996)
I dug this out a few weeks ago, and it’s been on heavy summer rotation ever since. Put out as a joint release by England’s Soft Cloud and Byron Coley’s Father Yod labels, this four-song EP featured two vets of acid-drenched early-’70s psych outfit Help Yourself, plus a couple other free-ranging pups they roped in. The results are totally great, stretched-out guitar rock in the vein of Happy Trails-era Quicksilver Messenger Service or early Fleetwood Mac.
Phil McMullen writes in the liner notes:
I’m not claiming this is an important album. It probably won’t change your life or cause impromptu riots to break out in the streets. It’s a sincere piece of work though, and speaking as one who’s waited twenty-odd years to hear Richard Treece’s guitar howl again like a mescaline buffalo it’s something to be valued and treasured, a rare nugget of gold from a seam that many wrote off as worked out a generation ago.