Lothar And The Hand People ‎– Presenting...Lothar And The Hand People

Label:
Capitol Records ‎– ST-2997, Capitol Records ‎– ST 2997
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Scranton Pressing
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Notes

Released on a ''rainbow rim'' Capitol label.
First cat.nr. on label, second on cover.

This version:
- on the B-side label the first track is located above the spindle hole
- on the labels the BMI credits and durations are not in brackets

Code-barres et Autres Identifiants

  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side A): ST1-2997-B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout etching side B): ST2-2997-B2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 1, etched (variant 2)): ST1-2997-A1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side 2, etched (variant 2)): ST2-2997-A4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout both sides (all variations), stamped [in a triangle]): IAM

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streetmouse

5 mai 2019

Beginning with the album jacket, you do realize that the eyes on all of the band members have been photographed on purpose so that they appear rather ill at ease, relentlessly feeling as if they’re seeing something behind you, rather than catching your gaze? That should be your first clue to the weirdness of this band who formed in Denver back in 1965, and literally taking a year to travel to New York City with their trusty Theremin in tow.

Due to the fact that this band had a Theremin, and for the strange sounds it alone created, Capitol Records signed Lothar & The Hand People for no other reason, as if that bit of strangeness alone would make up for their rather lackluster music and totally engage the hippie culture. Since those years, Lothar has become a cult fave, with some fans even attempting to link them to the heady format laid down by Frank Zappa, which I assure your, it doesn’t even come close. Matter of fact, if anything, Lothar manage to ride the currents of the Beatles, the Turtles, and yes, the novelty style of Napoleon XIV.

The lyrics to the songs, those that weren’t covers ( “Bye Bye Love” was an Everly Brothers cover, and “Machine” was a Manfred Mann cover), lapsed into their own dysfunctional oddities, with lines such as “Today is only yesterday’s tomorrow,” where of course I could ask, “Why isn’t a carrot called an orange?” That being said, Lothar had several brushes with fame, the closest was with Jimi Hendrix and the Hand People on the same bill. Jimi and Kim King became buddies, jamming together on a regular basis and earning a reputation that caught the attention of Linda Keith, a talent scout for Chas Chandler, a member of the British act the Animals as well as a budding entrepreneur. Chandler arranged to catch Lothar and Hendrix one evening, but he arrived at the Nite Owl just as the Hand People's first set was ending. Conly says Chandler chatted with the musicians during the break, promising to catch their second set of the evening after eyeballing Hendrix. "Then he left," Conly sadly claims, "and never came back." The reason of course is that Chandler was blown away by Hendrix, whom he took with him to England, remade as a psychedelic guitar god and set on his way to international acclaim. The music of Lothar was not their claim to fame, with the mind bending 60’s band influencing later generations to spacey electronic psychedelic music, being their actual claim to fame … that and forever being the quintessential opening band for a couple of years.

In all kindness, the music of this bewildering group is undefinable, consisting of thirteen tripped out tunes that basically come off as toe tapping and cheery, intergalactic fun that no one remembers.

As with Echo & the Bunnymen, where Echo was the name of their drum machine, Loather was the name of the Theremin and of course five musicians make for five hand people, and what child from those days didn’t draw faces on their fingers, creating such characters.

*** The Fun Facts: For those unfamiliar, the Theremin was an early electronic instrument patented in 1928 and named after its inventor. For decades the most celebrated use of Léon Theremin’s creation came through the very enjoyable recordings of Clara Rockmore, noted as an early virtuoso on the device. Additionally, it’s a musical instrument that’s distinguished for how it never gets touched by the player’s fingers as it emits its sonic atmospheres by merely passing a hand or anything though is field of vision (if you will), disturbing its oscillating currents to create sound.

Review by Jenell Kesler