Lazy Smoke ‎– Corridor Of Faces

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Onyx (5) ‎– ES 6903
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Thick cardboard cover with glued papersheets on front and back.
Green labels with black lettering.

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  • Matrix / Runout: (Side A runout, etched) PRP13011 161 GB
  • Matrix / Runout: (Side B runout, etched) PRP13012 161 GB

Other Versions (5 of 10) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ES 6903 Lazy Smoke Corridor Of Faces(LP, Album) Onyx (5) ES 6903 US 1993 Sell This Version
JPR7107 Lazy Smoke Corridor Of Faces(LP, Album, RE, RM) Jackpot Records (3) JPR7107 US 2010 Sell This Version
ES 6803-CD Lazy Smoke Corridor Of Faces II(CD, Album, RE) Gallery Entertainment ES 6803-CD US Unknown Sell This Version
HEY 206 Lazy Smoke Corridor Of Faces(LP, Album, RE) Heyoka HEY 206 UK & Ireland 1986 Sell This Version
69 03 17 Lazy Smoke Corridor Of Faces(LP, Album, Unofficial) not on label 69 03 17 Greece 2000 Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

January 15, 2017

Simply because an album achieves almost legendary cult status does not make it good … and in the same light, it does not make it bad either. What we have here with Lazy Smoke, with the band’s name being a reference to marijuana, is a group hailing from Massachusetts during the late 60’s who used The Beatles as their guiding vision, complete with a lead singer [John Pollano], who pushes the envelope with his John Lennon influences. With Pollano’s writing also flying under the flag of Lennon, the band lays out a series of songs very much in the moment of light weight popish psychedelic numbers of the day.

Purposely, I reframed from using the word “derivative,” because Lazy Smoke were sincerely on an adventure, it’s just that their adventure didn’t belong to them. Corridor Of Faces is a composition where the band does not use their own natural voices, preferring to sound as if they’re coming from some indistinguishable TransAtlantic spot on a map that only they hold, leading me to suggest that if they had believed in themselves enough, and certainly built on their influences, the material found here might just have sounded quite good.

Of course all this brings me to the question of why so many hold onto this release so dearly. Yes, there’s the fact that it’s a limited pressing, something that’s a Holy Grail for many collectors, yet for me, it’s as if Lazy Smoke are hiding behind some satin Sgt. Pepper suites that hang on their frames poorly, in the fashion of someone who knows what they know from watching others, instead of finding their own footing. Of course I always felt that there might be something that I was personally missing, and that if I spent enough time with the album that I might catch the spark … but I never did, no flames, no smoke, just a charming atmosphere or transparent haze, though without substance. Yet having said that, I can think of a dozen of today’s psych bands who might want to take a stab at this material, and present it with the passion it so very much deserves, because in all honesty, there is something here, it’s just that Lazy Smoke can not bring it into the light of day, which is rather frustrating for me … so perhaps I’ll have to give it another go after all these years and see if it catches fire.

Review by Jenell Kesler