Exposé Online banner

Salvation — 1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan
(Head Discs 4497, 1968/2009, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

1st & Gypsy Carnival Caravan Cover artAmong the mainstays of the West coast psychedelic scene in the mid- to late-60s was a jamming unit with a slight country flavor originally called The New Salvation Army Banned. Eventually a certain charitable organization objected to the name, and they became simply Salvation. They compare stylistically with many of the other bands of that time and place — Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and so on — and while they are certainly not up to the great heights reached by those other bands, the release on CD of their two albums helps fill in our picture of the scene. Listening to this, you can try to picture yourself at the Fillmore West, with a heavy scent in the air and lights of all colors swirling around you. The arrangements are loose and the vocal harmonies a little ragged, but fans of the genre should find a lot to like. The keyboards of “U.S. of Arthur” figure prominently, mostly organ and harpsichord, with some piano thrown in, and there’s some great fuzz guitar from Joe Tate. Some of the songs are quite good, with “Love Comes in Funny Packages” and “Think Twice” being standouts, though moments of psychedelic silliness like “Yuk Yuk” detract from the quality, and make us glad that technology has given us the Next Track button.

Filed under: Reissues, Issue 38, 2009 releases, 1968 recordings

Related artist(s): Salvation

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Wendy Carlos - Digital Moonscapes & Beauty in the Beast – One of the shortcomings of electronic music is that no matter how sophisticated the hardware and software have become, it can’t approach natural instrumentation for the wealth of detail in sound and...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues