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Best of Laurice - Vol. 2


Artist: Laurice
Label: Mighty Mouth Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 16 June 2015

If you've never heard of Laurice then you're in for a musical feast. Similar to Nikola Tesla, Leif Erikson and Kalashnikov – trail-blazers who received either nothing or ridicule for the pioneering efforts – Welsh musician/producer Laurice went unnoticed and was forced to watch from the terraces as an entire genre’s worth of musicians made millions passing through the hole he opened in the border fence separating tuff psychedelia and camp glam rock.

Known to collectors for a handful of some of the most aberrantly catchy yet lyrically un-commercial 45s of all-time (sample titles: ‘Flying Saucers Have Landed,’ ‘I’m Gonna Smash Your Face In', Laurice’s signature style and approach anticipated both punk thrash and post-punk disco trash. And, unlike Bowie and Bolan, Laurice wasn’t just pouting and putting on make-up for the camera. Now, nearly 50 years later, Laurice shows no signs of stopping and is back with a second installment of demo material deemed unfit for mass consumption in the soft, straight, progressive '70s.

One 'Best of...' album for a little known artist is rare enough... but two... now that's impressive. It kicks off with 'Flying Saucers Have Landed' which will stick in your mind for days too come... although try to get the lyrics right, as I've been singing "Flying saucers of London..." The album contains 11 tracks (34 min, 46 sec) of '70s retro goodness.

Lovers of '70s music will find plenty to enjoy here.


Nick Smithson

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