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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Post 682 - S.J.C. Powell - Celestial Madness

Before the release of this album, S.J.C. Powell (Stephen Joseph Christopher Powell) was guitarist and vocalist in Australian band, "The Mint", who released 4 singles between 1969 and 1971 on the  'Ramrod' label.  They were 3 brothers and a sister Stephen was adopted as the 4th brother. “Celestial Madness” (APLP-014) remains one of Australia's rarest major label releases from the 1970s it was released on Albert Productions in 1975, as it seemingly was one of those mysterious albums that sold very little upon release and sunk without a trace into the land of obscurity. There is plenty of studio experimentation with phasing, tremolo and space-like synthesizer effects that work well with the lyrics. The LP was produced by Chris Gilbey and engineered by Bruce C. Brown. There are two copies floating around EBay at the moment one for $660 and the other going for $1,100 so looks like it’s a rare one to track down. Thanks again to Matt for helping out with the info and Rex once again for sending me this rare gem for the Blog. A great listen and another I didn’t know was out there.Flac


woodynet said...

Ozzie, thanks for sharing, this will be an upgrade for me from a copy i got off Paul Sewell the original Midoztouch man many many years ago.



kimbo said...


Not sure if you have seen this thread but here goes anyway

Cheers Kimbo

rex norman said...

Thanks Matt for the info, and thanks Ozzie for the flawless rip. Hopefully more people will take the time to hear this great album!

AussieRock said...

What a rarity indeed.

Thanks from making this available and resurrecting yet another hidden Australian gem.

Deutros said...

Thanks Ozzie nice to see you're still spreading the joy Rex

Cheers Deutros.

Micko said...

Definitely looking forward to hearing this obscurity. Thanks to Rex for the loan, Matt for the info & above all Ozzie for ripping & sharing an album I seem to have missed on the original Midoz.

Great job fellas