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The self-titled Orang-utan is a great album but buying it is a bit of a moral question, the band you see have a rather interesting story. Formed by a group of artists from other bands in about 1970, they paid to record their album at a state of the art recording studio but were amazingly duped out of owning the rights by their producer, in fact they weren't even aware the album was released at all for some time and on realising they were swindled they split up and went their own ways.
Despite them being a British outift, the album was only released in the US, the original LP is worth a packet but lately it seems a remastered CD has been released, the album cover is the same and features an Orangutan walking over a city skyline and covering buildings with a giant banana skin.
It's not just the artwork that is cool, the band often get lumped together with a load of little known acid rock bands but whilst the tracks are slightly longer than the pop hits of the time and therefore could I suppose be considered progressive but the vocals are traditionally rocky and the songs are catchy. Tracks usually come in at around 5-6 minutes and there isn't a track without a great guitar solo.
Like the album by Poobah that I reviewed recently, this is hard rock with some great early metal riffs in the vein of Sir Lord Baltimore or Black Sabbath, a favourite track of mine is "Chocolate Piano", the track has a habit of speeding up before breaking into guitar solos and then cooling down again to the point where there's just a weird mellow psychedelic sound.
"I Can See Inside Your Head" is another good track on this album, perhaps the most varied is the last track on the album "Magic Playground" which is a short track and more like the garage bands of the mid 60s but silghtly heavier.
Any young listeners who like Wolfmother, need to give this a listen because it's similar at times but much much better.