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Our Music Year No. 27: H.P. Lovecraft, ‘H.P. Lovecraft II’

By From page A10 | January 27, 2013

Artist: H.P. Lovecraft
Title: “H.P. Lovecraft II”
Year: 1968
Format: Spotify
Grade: B+

Unlike its namesake, the short-lived rock band H.P. Lovecraft focused less on horror and more on psychedelia.

Coming after the band relocated from Chicago to San Francisco, the band’s second and final album was largely improvised in the studio due to its breakneck live schedule.

It’s a bit of an obscure gem, too. “Spin, Spin, Spin” has a spooky touch, with the vocal harmonies making it a memorable opener.

From there, things jump in different directions. Things fly off into drug-soaked incandescence in “It’s About Time,” while “At the Mountains of Madness” – a title inspired by the author Lovecraft – pilfers a few pages from The Doors’ playbook.

It’s a tie-dyed in the wool look through the periscope at the kind of music the Haight-Ashbury scene produced apart from the legendary clutter and clamor of the Grateful Dead or Jefferson Airplane.

Though the band was short-lived, it’s a surprise H.P. Lovecraft isn’t more favorably remembered.

Our Music Year is Daily Republic popular culture writer Nick DeCicco’s yearlong online review in 2012 of albums he had previously not listened to. The reviews will appear in print on their corresponding days during 2013. Reach him at 427-6966 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ndeciccodr.

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco

Nick DeCicco is the editor of the Tailwind and writes the pop culture blog/column For Those About to Rock. Before joining the DR staff in July 2007, DeCicco (pronounced Deh-CEE-Coh) worked at The Union in Grass Valley, Calif., and the Greeley Tribune in Greeley, Colo. A 2004 graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, DeCicco spends his free time attending concerts, listening to music, going to movies, traveling and hiking.
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