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[ERA : 70s / Prog-Rock, Folk-Psych, Soundtrack ]

The solemn, dreamy 1971 surf soundtrack, Sea Of Joy, documents a period of massive change for the band. For the previous two years, they had been arguably Australia's most revered psychedelic rock group, renowned for their wild, largely improvised concerts. Their rise was meteoric, from Sydney house band for tribal love-rock musical Hair in 1969, to starring in six-part ABC TV series Fusions and performing Peter Sculthorpe's rock opera Love 200 at the Sydney Town Hall. By 1970, when they released their self-titled debut album, flautist, clarinetist, saxophonist and de facto band leader Richard Lockwood had approached surfing director Paul Witzig after his now iconic 1969 film Evolution (for which Tully had contributed some music alongside Sydney colleagues Tamam Shud), offering to record an entire soundtrack to his next film. Witzig had agreed when Tully were a towering rock band, driven by Michael Carlos' massive Hammond organ and Lockwood's exploratory reeds, but by the time Sea Of Joy came to be recorded, they were a drummer-less, contemplative folk-psych outfit, dedicated to spiritual guru Meher Baba. As an added bonus, a hissy radio interview tape from 1971 reveals the band's thoughts on Hair, Sea Of Joy and more, as well as illustrating the true extent of their early 70s reputation.

Sea Of Joy (Part 1) * Pseudo-Tragic-Dramatic * Follow Me * Cat-Clarinet Mit Orgel * Trinidad * I Feel The Sun * Thank You * Syndrone * Softly, Softly * Brother Sun * Down To The Sea * Sea Of Joy (Part 2) * Radio Interview 1971


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  1. Takes me back

    Posted by PA on 21st Sep 2014

    Beautiful collection of music which conjures up visions of surfing in a time when the sport was a way of life and at one with nature.


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