Justine - Unknown Journey (lyrics) prog folk / psych with fuzz guitars 1970




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Published on Aug 27, 2017

Written-By: John McBurnie & Keith Trowsdale
Lyrics after hearing:
Sitting on the floor
You look round searching for a right
Your eyes explode eventually
You see it is the night
You're frightened and I know it
But soon will be in flight
You'll think that you sit calmly
And break grip of wizard's smile
Turn him sail
Turn him sail

Hold my hand and understand
The meaning of my smile
It may seem strange but see the (rising) (rise angle)
Will be there in a while
Look through my eyes
And see the pictures passing through my head
Please don't cry there are no lies
Tomorrow you'll be dead
Turn him sail
Turn him sail
Walk away, walk away

la la la la la la la la la la la la
Walk away, walk away
Oh Walk away
walk away from the unknown journey
Oh Walk away
oh walk away from the unknown journey
oh from darkest day
oh walk away
oh walk away
from unknown journey
from unknown journey
walk away from the unknown journey
oh walk away
from unknown journey

John McBurnie - Vocals
Laurette Stivers - Vocals
Keith Trowsdale - Guitar, Vocals
Bethlyn Bates - Vocals
Valerie Cope - Vocals
Dougie Wright - Drums
Chris Gibb - Drums
Jerry Hovell - Bass

The songs mix the innocent, quirky and strange to heady effect. The songs are fairly unique in folk as they mix in horns which expands the mix giving a warmth that folk sometimes finds hard to achieve. In the last track they create a classic that lives up literally to it's title of 'Amazing Journey'. It starts with folk guitar, introduces fuzz guitar then wah wah builds to a crescendo and drops back to a delicate folk ballad within the first minute. It builds up introducing 'A Day In The Life' style strings and massed vocals.

Towards the end it explodes with a staggeirng number of layers that Roy Wood in The Move was expert at. Strange effects come in, wild guitars solo, flutes, horn and strings abound and a propulsive rhythm section drives the whole thing explosively as the singer moves from folk whispers into Robert Plant style wails. An excellent track on a most enjoyable album which shows the link between the earlier psychedelic sound and the later musical indulgence of progressive rock.

Beautiful rock-psychedelic-folk-pop songs with great harmonies. Several items are very good and show all the skills of the band. A great album to listen calmly, slowly, enjoying every note and nuance of the songs, make sure a smile on your face, and possibly the goosebumps on your arms. Air rather melodic, like a
nice summer breeze. This disc contains an unsettling psychedelic build up that gradually explodes into a strong sense of satisfaction. You'll notice many classical music influences West Coast, but this album is recorded in London in 1970. All tunes are composed by John and Keith.

from progarchives.com
Justine biography
An odd British psych folk band comprised at their peak of three female vocalists and a couple male guitar players, JUSTINE's music consisted of American West Coast acid pop combined with rather staid English contemporary folk, and blended with plenty of obvious psych influences. The result was an engaging blend of sounds that live on in their lone studio album.

The band was said to have augmented their sound by 'borrowing' local musicians and even small orchestral assemblages for their limited live and studio appearances. The star of the band was American vocalist Laurie Styvers, who would release two solo albums shortly after the group disbanded. Sadly Styvers succumbed to personal demons in the late nineties. John McBurnie would go on to appear with Lee Jackson (the NICE, REFUGEE) and FLAMING YOUTH's Brian Chatton in the short-lived JACKSON HEIGHTS. The whereabouts of the rest of the group remains largely unknown.

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