Johnny Blackburn & Mary Lauren  

Johnny Blackburn & Mary Lauren
Echoes of Love's Reality (1981)

Most would probably agree that this is one of the very best psych-style LPs from the 1980s. Not retro at all but (like Bobb Trimble) a piece of the late 1960s preserved from time’s rust. Male-female vocals lament and serenade ‘the quest for knowledge of love and beauty’ in an appealling soundscape, with lyrical guitar leads throughout, good use of mellotron, occasional tablas, flute and bells. The recording has a definite 1981 sound but (again like Bobb) this somehow becomes an advantage. The vocal blend is superb and may recall Anonymous and Bermuda Triangle, while the wistful mood and beautiful melodies is a bit like British band Ithaca or the melodic sides of Seventh Dawn. Moments such as ‘Beautiful Dreamer’ go truly deep...

[T]his is recommended to anyone open for a folkpsych trip inside the melancholy and bliss of an acid-fueled romance” -- Patrick Lundborg, The Acid Archives

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LP available from Guerssen Records
CD available from Riverman Music
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