It's About Time - H.P. Lovecraft

Rola: It's About Time
Traducción: Es acerca del tiempo
Intérprete: H.P. Lovecraft
Compositor: Terry Callier
Disco: H.P. Lovecraft II
Productor: George Badonsky


Duración: 05:23
Año: 1968
Formato: L.P.
A la venta: 01/09/1968
Disquera: Phillips


George Edwards – voz y guitarras acústica y eléctrica
Dave Michaels – voz y teclados
Tony Cavallari – guitarra principal y voz
Jeff Boyan – bajo y voz
Michael Tegza – batería percusión y voz



It's About Time
Es acerca del tiempo
Well, it's about time for the rising sun
It's about time that the deed was done
A better day's coming, that's the thing I know
You and me, brother, we can make it so

And it's about time for the wars to cease
And it's about time for the cause of peace
Because we'd better find the world when the son has grown
You and me, brother, we can overcome
We can overcome


1. "Spin, Spin, Spin"
2. "It's About Time"
3. "Blue Jack of Diamonds"
4. "Electrollentando"

1. "At the Mountains of Madness"
2. "Mobius Trip"
3. "High Flying Bird"
4. "Nothing's Boy"
5. "Keeper of the Keys"

H. P. Lovecraft II is the second album by the American psychedelic rock band H. P. Lovecraft and was released in September 1968 on Philips Records. As with their debut LP, the album again saw the band blending psychedelic and folk rock influences, albeit with a greater emphasis on psychedelia than on their previous album release. H. P. Lovecraft II failed to sell in sufficient quantities to reach the Billboard Top LPs chart or the UK Albums Chart, despite the band being a popular act on the U.S. psychedelic concert circuit. Legend has it that the album was the first major label release to have been recorded by musicians who were all under the influence of LSD.

Recording sessions for the album began in June 1968 at I.D. Sound Studios in Los Angeles, with the band's manager George Badonsky producing and British-born Chris Huston serving as audio engineer. H. P. Lovecraft had toured intensively during the first half of 1968 and consequently, there was a lack of properly arranged new material for the album. As a result, much of H. P. Lovecraft II was improvised in the studio, with Huston playing a pivotal role in enabling the underprepared band to complete the recording sessions. In addition, Huston was also instrumental in creating the psychedelic sound effects that adorned much of the album's contents. The band's singer and guitarist, George Edwards, recalled the importance of Huston's contributions during an interview with journalist Nick Warburton: "Chris came up with a lot of very innovative techniques that prior to that record had not really been used. He was way ahead of his time. We had no material, the band was totally fried and Chris helped us make a record. That record would never have happened without Chris."

Among the tracks that were recorded for the album were the Edwards-penned compositions "Electrollentando" and "Mobius Trip", the latter of which featured lyrics that music historian Richie Unterberger has described as "disoriented hippie euphoria." In addition, the band elected to cover "Spin, Spin, Spin" and "It's About Time", both written by Terry Callier, an old friend of Edwards' from his days as a folk singer. Both songs made effective use of the oddly striking vocal interplay and close harmony singing of Edwards and the band's keyboardist Dave Michaels. The band's newest recruit, Jeff Boyan, who had only joined the group in early 1968 as a replacement for bassist Jerry McGeorge, was featured as lead vocalist on his own composition "Blue Jack of Diamonds" and on the band's cover of the folk standard "High Flying Bird". The track "Nothing's Boy" featured a contribution from voice artist Ken Nordine, and the cover version of Brewer & Shipley's "Keeper of the Keys" was issued as a single in late 1968, following its appearance on the album, but it failed to reach the charts. The self-penned "At the Mountains of Madness" was based on the 1931 novella At the Mountains of Madness by horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, after whom the band had named themselves. Written by Edwards, Michaels and lead guitarist Tony Cavallari, the song featured some chaoticly acrobatic vocal interplay and made ample use of swirling, echoed reverse tape effects, which served to highlight the song's sinister subject matter.

H. P. Lovecraft II was released in September 1968 and despite being less focused than the band's first album, it nonetheless managed to successfully expand on the musical approach of its predecessor. The album also shared the haunting, eerie ambiance of H. P. Lovecraft's first album. Although it failed to chart at the time and had gone out of print by the early 1970s, the album's reputation has grown over the years. Richie Unterberger, writing for the Allmusic website, has described it as being "much more progressive than their first effort", although he also noted that it "showed the band losing touch with some of their most obvious strengths, most notably their disciplined arrangements and incisive songwriting." By the late 1980s, a revival of interest in the band's music had begun which resulted in Edsel Records reissuing H. P. Lovecraft II and the band's debut album together on the At the Mountains of Madness compilation in 1988. The album is currently available, along with H. P. Lovecraft, on the Collectors' Choice Music CD Two Classic Albums from H. P. Lovecraft: H. P. Lovecraft/H. P. Lovecraft II. In addition, the nine songs that make up H. P. Lovecraft II are included on the Rev-Ola Records compilation Dreams in the Witch House: The Complete Philips Recordings.


H.P. Lovecraft: Chicago

H. P. Lovecraft was an American psychedelic rock band, formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1967 and named after horror writer H. P. Lovecraft. Much of the band's music was possessed of a haunting, eerie ambience, and consisted of material that was inspired by the macabre writings of the author whose name they had adopted. Combining elements of psychedelia and folk rock, the band's sound was marked by the striking vocal harmonies of ex-folk singer George Edwards and the classically-trained Dave Michaels. In addition, Michaels' multi-instrumentalist abilities on organ, piano, harpsichord, clarinet, and recorder provided the band with a richer sonic palette than many of their contemporaries.

The band were signed to Philips Records in 1967 and released their debut single "Anyway That You Want Me" in the early part of that year. Their debut album H. P. Lovecraft followed in late 1967 and featured what is arguably the band's best-known song, "The White Ship". The band then relocated to San Francisco, California, where they became a frequent attraction at various San Francisco Bay Area venues, including The Fillmore and the Winterland Ballroom. In 1968, a second album titled H. P. Lovecraft II appeared, but the group disbanded in early 1969. Edwards and fellow original member Michael Tegza subsequently formed a new line-up of the band with the shortened name of Lovecraft, although Edwards departed this new group before they had recorded their first album. This second incarnation of the band would release the Valley of the Moon album in 1970 and, after a further name change to Love Craft, the We Love You Whoever You Are album in 1975

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