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Boomkat Product Review:
Continuing their unwaveringly impressive reissues run, Light In The Attic present a brand new edition of this ultra-obscure 1969 private press album from psychedelic maestro Jim Sullivan.
Adding to the mystique surrounding this lost gem, Sullivan himself disappeared without trace n 1975, with only an abandoned Volkswagen Beetle and emptied out motel room to offer leads as to his still unknown whereabouts. Sullivan's biography seems to paint him as a nearly-man, hanging out with stars on the West Coast and even snagging himself a cameo in Easy Rider along the way. This record came about when actor Al Dobbs decided to found a label for the release of Sullivan's songs, enlisting the help of Phil Spector's session players The Wrecking Crew.
The band's Jimmy Bond lent a hand as producer and arranger on the record, helping expand the parameters of Sullivan's folky craft to far more expansive sounds, embracing great, purposeful string sections and other such orchestral elements on cuts such as 'Highways' and opener 'Jerome'. Alas, the album didn't really go anywhere and until now Sullivan's career seem to stall before it had begun, with only one other record emerging, around 1972 for the Playboy label. Three years after this and Sullivan himself vanished, leaving behind him an all-too curtailed recording legacy that's only just being revealed today.