Dragonwyck

Album: Dragonwyck(US 1968-70)
CD / Cat. No. WIS-1023
LP + 10"EP/ Cat. No. RFR-023 (180 g vinyl / handmade heavy cardboard gatefold sleeve / poster / ltd. edition)

This release is the first of a WIS - Dragonwyck trilogy. The group from Cleveland (OH) was one of the most promising bands in that area, opened shows for bands as Foghat, Golden Earring, Edgar Winter Group etc. The mood of the music is dark, mystic and strong influenced of the times´ spirit and the hippie age……”anything goes”! - Shortly after highschool in 1970, the 5 guys recorded 7 tracks, released a test pressing on Pama Records in an edition of only 85 copies. It was reissued in the 1990´s by Rockadelic Records as limited edition on LP and CD, since then this band is a milestone for all heavy psychedelic music collectors.

Jim Morrison and The Doors brought main inspiration to Dragonwyck´s music, with the small difference; the songs are heavier and more progressive; the sound is not just dominated by great vocals, there are lots of freaked out heavy guitar solos and swirling Hammond B3 organ, which brings the individual note to the music. The core of musicians started as Sunrise in 1968 and released one 45 record.

This release is from the mastertapes which seemed to be lost, contains 5 bonus tracks (3 unreleased), a bio, cool original artwork and photos. One of the “must have” 60´s/70´s psychedelic masterpieces!


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Album: Chapter 2(US 1972)
CD / Cat. No. WIS-1030 (digipack)
LP + 7"/ Cat. No. RFR-028 (180 g vinyl / handmade heavy cardboard sleeve / poster / ltd. edition)

This release is the second of World In Sound´s Dragonwyck trilogy. The group from Cleveland was one of the most promising bands from the early 70´s in that area. After their first legendary 1970 heavy-psych album, the keyboardist changed, and the band left their garagy Doors influences to create their own sound. The music on these well produced stereo-recordings exist only on acetate (10 copies), and drifted more into the British vein of progressive rock, like King Crimson, Pink Floyd or Yes, but also reflects US-Westcoast feeling like “It´s a Beautiful Day”.

By 1972 Dragonwyck was performing Moody Blues´ complete “Days of Future Passed” live on stage, which turned out extremely well, so this is for sure the strongest note you´ll recognize. The 10 original cuts are intense and very unique with strong melodies/vocals, heavy guitar solos and an extreme variety of keyboard and vocal sounds – an awesome mix of heavy underground rock with classical chamber-music style/elements. There are 2 bonustracks from a 45´record which was released in 1974, a bio, authentic press-releases and cool photos. Comes with cool photos and linernotes, remastered from the original mastertapes.

One of the finest unreleased American progressive-psychedelic hippie-art rock-albums – truly a masterpiece in originality, creativity and musicianship!


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Album: Fun(US 1974-76)
CD / Cat. No. WIS-1039

This "previously unreleased" album from 1974 rounds off the World In Sound trilogy of Cleveland´s most celebrated 70s "art-psychedelic" rock groups. It´s Dragonwyck´s most professional piece of music and truly decent pioneering in combining 60s psych compositions with tape looping (comparable to the "Dark Side of The Moon" album) and symphonic elements: "Fun is what the name implies; hard work, a lot of sweat….orchestrated rock that is orchestrated without an orchestra"...sure they were inspired by the conceptions of giants, like Genesis, 70s Pink Floyd, Gentle Giant or Yes and express a few Doors / Bowie-flashes, to sound finally as a unique collage of detailed studiowork.

Compared to the time when it was recorded it´s innovatively produced and became a great artistic statement with finally 10 original cuts (plus 2 bonustracks/8 p. colorbooklet) ...You´ll hear prog-psych flashes and crazy symphonic perversions with weird vocals/voices, powerful guitars, violin and lots of keyboards…While the first album was minimalistic dark/heavy and strong Doors influenced, the second created more "British Invasion" flashes a la Moody Blues or King Crimson, to make this third album the most variative and unexpected one - perhaps this can be seen as a futuristic "Doors" album.

The garage-psych-freak should get his satisfaction by album "no. 01", but this here is a must have album for open minded 70s music fans who love to get excited by surprisingly different moods in rock music!


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