Gandalf
Gandalf


5.0
classic

Review

by CaptainHadouken USER (22 Reviews)
March 26th, 2013 | 52 replies | 2,222 views


Release Date: 1967 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One amazing gem to stumble upon

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

There are forgotten gems in music that fade away. Some even so good, they are just waiting to be stumbled upon many years later. Gandalf is one of those gems. So who is Gandalf? Well the name would suggest a certain wizard from middle-earth, however that is not the Gandalf we will refer to. This band was formed during the late 1960's in New York. They released one and only one album on Capital records. The Record company distributed with the wrong record inside the sleeve, and did little to promote their debut, which damaged the bands career. With all the copies recalled, it mark a pretty fatal blow to Gandalf. It is such a shame as their debut was, and still is a very memorable one.

Gandalf Was:

Vocals and Guitar:Pete Sando
Keyboards:Frank Hubach
Bass::Bob Muller
Drums:Davey Baeur


From the Start of Gandalf it is much like a journey. Having not re-visited Psychedelic rock in quite some time, it was a very nostalgic experience; much like hearing an earlier release from The Doors. However Gandalf's sound is a separate sound from them. The vocal styles of Jim Morrison and Pete Sando could not be more different. While Morrison had a very deep and rigid style, Sando leans toward a soft, crooning approach, which works most effectively. Within the opening song, Golden Earrings, he radiates his a calm yet impressive power within the lyrics he sings. His singing is not the only thing, but a major component it making this record sound like it does, which is a classic 1960's psychedelic record, much like The Fifth dimension did on the song Aquarius.

Frank Huback also brings a lot to the table for Gandalf. The synthesizers work perfectly with Sando's vocal style and the rest of Gandalf's line up. Never to far and Scarlett Ribbons showcase Huback in some very bright moments, and are prime examples of effectively using certain keys at the right moments. With Huback there is also Davey Bauer. He has a jazzy and controlled pace with drumming. Bauer and Huback seem to be a cohesive unit with good timing and patience.
The song Can You Travel In The Dark Alone has the prime example of those two executing good timing together. This same song also displays Sando's ability outside of singing with a some excellent guitar sections.

The Lyrics on here are very well written by Gandalf. They are not whiny, nor do they try to sound too intelligent, they just sound good. Everynight I'm in my room, Wondering where to throw my stone, Everynight I Watch The Moon, Can't you see I'm all alone from I Watch the Moon is to go with. They are very simple and they also work effectively with the style of music Gandalf creates. I Watch the moon is the albums closer and a terrific song on an outside note.

The record flows very well. No song felt out of place or even too long, which is another thing to love about this album. At ten songs and a running time of about 32 minutes, it is well-made to be consistent. The only thing to be disliked is that there is not more to listen to. This album leaves you hungry for more of what Gandalf can create, and it is quite the shame that will never happen. In the end, the only thing that really matters is at least we are left with an amazing record, one that stands the test of time even to today. Say what you what, but this is one amazing gym to stumble upon.


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CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NcdjLUD9Hs


Full album here. Gotta fix stuff that messed up.

coneren
March 26th 2013



11110 Comments


good review

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah i was bouncing between that and the vinyl list. It needed one.

coneren
March 26th 2013



11110 Comments


the best review on the front page everyone pos

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

They are prob still listening since i threw the whole album stream up here lol

coneren
March 26th 2013



11110 Comments


they are too deep into it now they are trapped and have to 5 it

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

If the hypnotoad made and album this would be it muahahahha

MeatSalad
March 26th 2013



13383 Comments


gonna check this hard, good review

coneren
March 26th 2013



11110 Comments


there is meatsalad he will love it

Mordecai.
March 26th 2013



8256 Comments


Gandalf is one of those gyms.


gyms.

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This shit will blow your mind

Edit. Thanks Mord. still working on the errors.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2013



4339 Comments


Oh man, I was planning on reviewing this for a while. Definitely a good album for anyone who likes The Zombies' 'Odessey'. "Golden Earring" is probably the best song from here.

POS'd hard for reviewing this gem. Real nice work, man.


CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha, stumbled on it randomly man, Gonna try and find a vinyl copy after im done with this work trip. Appreciate it. Thought it wasnt in the database at first until i re-looked.

CaptainDooRight
March 26th 2013



26442 Comments


Just listened to this last weak, have a :D


Digging: Deniro Farrar - The Patriarch II

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like it, god this is so good, was wondering how i didn't hear about this earlier till this week.

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
March 26th 2013



4339 Comments


It is actually. I was the one who added the group/album to the database. But there was already a group called 'Gandalf' so it had to be labeled under 'Gandalf (USA)' to distinguish the two.

As far as finding a copy, I think you could find one somewhere on the internet. I'd imagine it's a somewhat rare one to find, in the sense that not most record stores will have it, but there's bound to be someone who is selling it. But yeah, this is a great 60's pop album. God balance of psychedelia, rock and baroque. So happy to see it reviewed.

CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Oh yeah, i started the review last night. That is prob why i didn't see it the first time. They have a pretty large records store back at home. I drive back this week, soo im gonna dig there. If not, prob pick up a few things then order this offline so i can jam it on the player at home.

CaptainDooRight
March 26th 2013



26442 Comments


:D


CaptainHadouken
March 26th 2013



1960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

So goood :D

Ovrot
March 26th 2013



10253 Comments


album rules

officially endorsed by ovrot rocks he's the man



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