Category Archives: ANDROMEDA

ANDROMEDA Beginnings 1967-68

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This release…turns the clock back a little further and actually captures the earliest sessions of Andromeda’and it has to be said that the quality of the tapes unearthed are excellent…

Bill Leslie, www.getreadytorock.com (August 2007)


…it’s surprising how fully-formed the songs including the prog epic ‘Return to Sanity’ were before taken to the real studio.

www.dmme.net (August 2007)


DuCann is still a member of The Attack, and their exhuberant pop sensibilities continued to infect DuCann’s songwriting…fans won’t want to miss a minute of this fascinating bedroom set.

Allmusic.com (July 2007)


…this is an essential purchase if you seriously believe, as the sleevenotes writer does, that Andromeda…should have been as big as Cream…

Classic Rock Society (July-August 2007)


…it’s surprising how fully-formed the songs, including the prog epic ‘Return To sanity’, were before taken to the real studio…It’s all down to Du Cann’s ability to work on the two melodic levels…

www.dmme.net (September 2007)


Angel Air is to be commended for ensuring that the work of an undervalued band receives a fresh hearing

Record Collector (September 2007)


…a collection of previously unheard demos culled from old acetates…one for devotees

Danny Moore, RocknReel (November 2007)


…Without a doubt, this release is something that Andromeda aficionados should get, especially if they are interested to dig into the process that led to the remarkable 1969 album.

Maelstrom (November 2007)


…16 performances…that set the stage for how the band itself originally viewed its music…- fiery psychedelia, crashing choruses…dramatic and demanding, and as heavy as you could hope for.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (November 2007)


…Without a doubt, this release is something that Andromeda aficionados should get, especially if they are interested to dig into the process that led to the remarkable 1969 album.

Maelstrom (November 2007)


…mixes 60s beat-group stomp with frilly-bloused psychedelia

Classic Rock (November 2007)


Angel Air is to be commended for ensuring that the work of an undervalued band receives a fresh hearing.

Record Collector (November 2007)


..it’s surprising how fully-formed the songs were before taken to the real studio…

www.dmme.net (September 2007)


Without doubt, this release is something that Andromeda aficionados should get, especially if they are interested to dig into the process that led to the remarkable 1969 album.

www.maelstrom.nu (November 2007)


…16 performances…that set the stage for how the band itself originally viewed its music…- fiery psychedelia, crashing choruses…dramatic and demanding, and as heavy as you could hope for.

Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (November 2007)


…a collection of previously unheard demos culled from old acetates…one for devotees

Danny Moore, RocknReel (November 2007)

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ANDROMEDA Originals

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Presented in the usual top way by Angel Air, and remastered from the 1969 acetates, we get a strong mix of psych, pop, hard rock and prog, with Du Cann’s guitar in fine form.

The music is suitably atmospheric and the hard rock edge makes the psych thankfully less whimsical than much of the era.

More than a curio, it’s well worth checking out if you’re a fan of the era, or of Atomic Rooster, who Du Cann went on to. ***

Joe Geesin, www.getreadytorock.com
(October 2005)


…this is a true slice of 60s avant garde rock music…

Classic Rock Society (November 2005)


Although some people are going to seek this CD out just because of the rarity value, it should be sought out because this is actually a strong collection of songs in its own right…They run through Hendrix-inspired romps to things far more delicate, even bringing in layered harmony vocals as if they were The Moody Blues…a great collection of songs that fans of the era would do well to seek out.

Feedback (November 2005)


…the holy grail for their fans…There’s fun to be had, too, in spotting instrumental quotes such as the Holst-via-Zappa riff on the fade of bitty Return to Sanity…

Record Collector (March 2006)


Originals captures the boundary-breaking nature of its decade, whether the music marks the passing of psychedelia, the early stages of progressive, or the expansive expression of power trio heaviness.

Joseph Tortelli, Discoveries magazine,
(February 2006)


…this 10-tracker really does rock…Despite the passing years, the songs still retain a raw freshness and appeal.

Hartlepool Mail (March 2006)

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ANDROMEDA Definitive Collection

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Regular readers of Wondrous Stories should recognise the name of former Atomic Rooster, John Du Cann…As you would expect with the era and the technology available some of the material is quite basic but considering these restrictions Andromeda come across extremely well. Some of the guitar is so cool and laid back you could close your eyes and dream of all the good music you’ve missed over the years. Well there’s no need with record companies like Angel Air around, so willing to put their necks on the block and reproduce so much good rock that was all too often destined for dusty shelves.

If you enjoy that late 60′s early ’70s rock you’ll not go wrong here…

Martin Hudson, Wondrous Stories, (February 2000)


1969 was a pivotal year for rock, with psychedelia trailing off, prog-rock gathering speed and classical music – mainly via The Nice – also making its presence felt. Cult trio Andromeda, regulars on John Peel’s radio show, were at the apex of all three styles with their only LP…turned into one of the great “lost” albums of the 60s.

Colin Shearman, Q, (March 2000)


Put together by band leader John Du Cann…and featuring a lavishly designed 12-page booklet, The Definitive Collection is a must-have for anybody interested in exploring the deeper roots of prog rock as it moved out of the London psychedelic underground…

Jo-Ann Green, Goldmine, (April 2000)


The group’s sole, self-titled album and attendant non-LP single for RCA are collected along with various contemporaneous demos and out-takes, live recordings and a fine November 1968 session for John Peel’s Top Gear radio show…the RCA album and single muscular, inventive hard rock performances that deserve their stellar reputation among fans of the late psychedelic crossover sound.

John Sturdy, Record Collector, (April 2000)


If prog/psyche is what you want then look no further as the authentic stuff is here.
A goody.

Feedback (April 2000)


This fine double set from a band of late-1960s heavy progressives…shows exactly how the re-issue job should be done to best effect…this is superior stuff…Especially if you relish having your music reproduced in such a carefully crafted manner.

Michael Heatley, Feedback (May 2000)


…one of the most fascinating achievements of the progressive era.

Fists In Pockets (Poland) (April/May 2000)


…the be all and end all of what’s what, and who’s who with regard to Andromeda…What’s amazing about this album is the sound the band had. Very much prog…a lot of the material was highly original and very much heading towards where Zep were to go in later years…on the whole it’s quite an education, and very surprising.

Modern Dance Issue 32 (December 2000)


…Honestly, some of these UK imports make some U.S. releases look like a joke. Angel Air’s packaging convinces you, the purchaser, that you’re getting something special, and you are…This is one of the better releases I’ve heard in some time…A true psychedleic heaven with plenty of brilliant guitar work. Includes a nifty 12-page booklet where Du Cann speaks of touring with Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Oooooh, those were the days, I’m sure.

Mike Reed, Banzai (USA, October 2002)

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