HP Lovecraft – Wayfaring Stranger (US 1967)

HP Lovecraft was an American psychedelic rock group in the 1960s, later resurrected with a revised line-up as Lovecraft in the 1970s. The band was named for the famous horror writer. Originally formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1967, they relocated to San Francisco, California the following year. History: HP Lovecraft fashioned a hybrid of acid-folk-rock and oddly striking vocal harmonies from two contrasting sources. Band founder George Edwards had been a folk troubadour in Chicago, California, and Florida, and whose repertoire included covers of The Beatles Norwegian Wood and Bob Dylans Quit Your Low Down Ways, as well as early songs by Fred Neil and Terry Callier, with both of whom he played in clubs. Vocalist/keyboard player Dave Michaels, who had previously played in jazz groups with David Sanborn, boasted a classical training and a four-octave range. After covering Chip Taylors Any Way That You Want Me with members of Chicago band The Rovin Kind , Edwards and Michaels became the creative force behind the group. After getting clearance from the executors of the science fiction writer HP Lovecraft, they recruited Tony Cavallari (lead guitar), Mike Tegza (drums) and Jerry McGeorge (bass) (who had previously seen the group perform at The Cellar, a dance club in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago [3] ). A debut album for Philips, HP Lovecraft, soon followed. Featuring a nine-piece orchestra, it juxtaposed covers such as Dino Valentes hippie anthem Get Together and the