Merryweather, Neil - Space Rangers

Format: LP
Label: Mercury SRM 1-1007 (USA)
Year: 1974
Origin: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Genre: rock, psych, blues
Value of Original Title: $50.00
Make Inquiry/purchase: email ryder@robertwilliston.com
Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: 1970's, Manitoba, Canadian Rock


Side 1

Track Name
Hollywood Boulevard
Step in the Right Direction
Eight Miles High
King of Mars
Neon Man

Side 2

Track Name
Sunshine Superman
Road to Hades
High Latitude Hide ‘N Seek
Sole Survivor



Space Rangers



Neil Merryweather had been kicking around the LA scene for some time during the early seventies playing his super fuzzed out psychedelic guitar work to a lot of projcts including Heavy Crusier and Mama Lion to name but two of them. By this time he had built a repuation as a fine guitarist working the Hendrix niche ala Frank Marino, Peter Kaukonen, Robin Trower and Randy Hansen. This was the first of two solo albums and showcase Merryweather in full-on heavy psych mood - the songs are influenced by space travel and far-out sci-fi themes based around the invasion and destruction of the earth by, surprise-surprise, space invaders. In fact, both albums are conceptual along the same lines as Billy Thrope's 'Children Of The Sun' opus released a few years later. Natch the music is full-on heavy psych with superb heavy progressive leanings and lashings of brilliant lead guitar. Great tracks including two well chosen covers , that's 'Donovan's 'Sunshine Superman' and the Byrds 'Eight Miles High'.

Neil Merryweather: bass and vocals
Tim McGovern: drums
Timo Laine: guitar
Michael “Jeep” Willis: guitar
Robert Silvert: chamberlain and synthesizer
Edgemont: synth patches

Produced by Neil Merryweather
Engineers: Rick Heenan, Hugh Davis, Chuck Johnson, Roger Dollarhide
Album Design: Neil Merryweather
Photography: Herbert Worthington III


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