Introducing the Alchemy Album Project
"Alchemy - 30 Years of Counter Culture" is an alchemical fusion of dub, jazz, celtic, ambient, psy-trance and spoken word. The album features Youth, Raja Ram & Simon Posford, Howard Marks, Brian Barritt, Bush Chemist, JC001, Drum Druids and many more, brought together by Lee Harris to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the oldest headshop in the creative melting pot of London's Ladbroke Grove area.
The album project is introduced by Drezz of Nervasystem:
Sean Williams (Process) first asked if I fancied doing a tune with
Most of the artists involved are regular visitors to the most classic of headshops - Alchemy, which seems to be, along with its proprietor, a catalyst for synchronistic creativities. All the heads, beautiful people, shakers, takers, brain benders & menders, gurus, rastas, ascended masters, travellers, seers, see-ers, starseed extraterrestrials, and whatever else lives and breathes in London seems to find its way to that colourful emporium of all things alchemical.
There's such a wealth of talent on the album. Some artists will already be familiar to many, and I'm sure that great things will be heard in future from the others. Listening to it brings back great memories - getting very stoned with Howard and Lee whilst contemplating who we were going to throw off the boat (and trying to play our instruments without cocking it up by laughing too much), trying to get my head round Brian Barritt's lyrical and surreal use of the English language ???!!**??, asking Youth to throw caution to the wind and accept responsibility for playing cymnbal at an impromptu live rendition of "Alchemical Changes" at a wedding!!! Floating downstream to Raja Ram's flute, dubbin out in fine style with the Bush Chemists, communing with the Sea God Lir, keeping the ego in check whilst ackowledging the presence of An-unna-ki, saving Pop's hard drive, and of course spending fun filled hours with many of the protagonists involved.
A few years ago I heard Ken Keasey speak to an assembled hall of freaks, beats, young-uns, old-uns, scruffy ones and tidy ones, everyone as rapt as I by the message that Ken & the pranksters have to bring to us, and the ultimate message was... "It's all about LOVE people". I'm with Ken on that one and if that makes me a hippie then so be it! One thing is for sure, there's a lot of love on this album and that can't be a bad thing. I hope everyone has as much fun listening to it as I know all the groovy people involved had making it."
Drezz - 20th August 2002
Alchemy CD album is complimented by the inclusion of a colourful
It contains background info, counter-culture heroes, famous quotes and insights and sparkling images which have already earned the album the description of a "quality product".
|Many of the images and articles used for the album's artwork have been taken fro Lee Harris' own extensive archive of photos and clippings.|