The Chemistry Set — Lovely Cuppa Tea
(Fruits de Mer Winkle 30, 2017, 7")
by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-10-02
The Chemistry Set has a new 7-inch EP out on Fruits de Mer Records this September that contains three songs: “Lovely Cuppa Tea,” “The Rubicon,” and a cover of The Moody Blues' “Legend of a Mind.” “Lovely Cuppa Tea” is a retro-sounding comic pop-psych song about the UK’s love of tea, with reversed percussion, rapid-fire lyrics, and brass instrumentation. “The Rubicon” is vastly different, a gritty garage band song with trippy organ. Now, it takes real guts to cover iconic music, in this case The Moody Blues seminal tribute to Timothy Leary. I suppose that if I had not been listening to this song for the past 50 years, I would have enjoyed this cover tune. But for me, The Chemistry Set doesn’t quite capture the magic of the original, especially the glissando Mellotron and the droning of the music. They do throw in a short sound bite from Dr. Tim, but I much prefer to listen to The Moody Blues’ version instead.
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