Sir John Strang - The Masterpeace LP

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Astonishingly rare and misunderstood seminal folk rock lp privately made in wales by the 17 yr old strang and his two friends. strang collected the 25 copy pressing from the studios in 1968 and carried them several miles home in a rucksack on foot. in present day sir john strang is an eminent psychiatrist and leading authority on the psychiatry of drug addiction, being knighted by the Queen for his work with heroin addicts. his shadow self has privately recorded donovan–esque folk rock since the mid sixties, yet only a few of his songs have ever been heard, with just 2 posted on youtube. comparisons have been made to vashti bunyan, whom this lp predates in style...but delve into the dark and literate lyrics of this lp and a much more complex vista emerges, at over 54 minutes the lp gets stronger on side two, interleaved with gradually more menacing versions of a song called "the crab" in which the nature of reality is questioned, strang’s nascent interest in the workings of the mind emerge in the obscure lyrics, and though on the surface his lp appears to be delicate donovan–like folkrock, the recurring motif is Death, with references to the atrocities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and an odd connection to the disturbing play, later film, Equus. the lp title itself refers not to the hippie dream of love and peace, but to the master of all peace, the final and total death of all mankind. value is estimated to be £1500–2500. it’s seminal in that no one was writing lyrics like this until peter hammil surfaced. valentine lloyd lewis adds some female vocal tracks.