After only eight years Fruits de Mer Records is preparing to release its 100th vinyl record. It seems like only yesterday they were at number 50. This milestone will be marked with a double LP by The Honey Pot called Ascending Scales.
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-11-10
The Honey Pot's new double LP Ascending Scales will be Fruits de Mer's 100th vinyl release since the label began operations in 2008. Not only will this massive release (in relative terms for FdM) feature a mix of obscure psych/prog cover tunes and new songs, The Honey Pot roped in a number of people such as Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things), James Lowe (The Electric Prunes), Tom Newman and Peter Cook (July), Nick Saloman (Bevis Frond), Judy Dyble, Anton Barbeau, and many more to help celebrate this milestone.
In order to whet our appetites, FdM sent out a sampler disc with two songs: "Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room" originally released as a single by Orange Machine in 1969 and an excerpt of "Time Machine" originally recorded by Stray. "Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room" features lead vocals by Anton Barbeau along with sitar-like guitar sounds and church organ for a strong cover tune. "Time Machine" features Nick Saloman on lead guitar supporting Crystal Jacqueline's vocals to create a magical mind journey.
So keep checking the FdM web site for information on the specific release date and how to order a personal copy.
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