Joe Meek. The name haunts anyone who researches record production of the 60's. His secretive and forward-looking production techniques presaged what many others developed later on. I mean some of this sounds like early Pink Floyd yet it was recorded in 1960! Weird sped-up vocals, strange echoes on the drums and odd tape distortion all give this an unreal sound. Oh, yeah, it's a concept album about the creatures that live on the moon... (RPM, 41 Garfield Road, London E4 70G, UK)

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