The Mystics are an American rock and roll group that began in Brooklyn, New York, in the late 1950s. The group was known as The Overons, a quintet that, when signed to Laurie Records, consisted of Phil Cracolici (born 1937, lead), Albee Cracolici (born 1936, baritone), George Galfo (born 1939, second tenor), Bob Ferrante (born 1936, first tenor), and Al Contrera (born 1940, bass).
Profile: 1950s vocal group from Brooklyn, New York, USA. Original members: Phil Cracolici (born 1937, lead), Albee Cracolici (born 1936, baritone), George Galfo (born 1939, second tenor), Bob Ferrante (born 1936, first tenor), and Al Contrera (born 1940, bass). Members: Al Contrera, Albee Cracolici, Jay Traynor, John Tarangelo, Phil Cracolici, Rod Piazza. The Mystics, The Bobbettes, Jimmy Gilmer, The Chiffons, The Dovells - Rock & Roll is Here To Stay (12", Album).
At War with the Mystics is the eleventh studio album by American rock band The Flaming Lips, released on April 3, 2006 by Warner Bros. The album is more guitar-driven and features more politically themed lyrics than the band's previous two albums The Soft Bulletin (1999) and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002).
The Mystics are a singing group which began in Brooklyn, New York, USA in the late 1950s.
Since 1999's The Soft Bulletin, the Flaming Lips have issued an album once every three or four years - roughly once per presidential term, making At War with the Mystics the second album they've made during George W. Bush's presidency. While Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots' themes of seizing the moment and accepting mortality could easily be read as a reaction to 9/11, At War with the Mystics is a more overtly timely album for the mid-to-late 2000s, dealing with the motivation behind the war in Iraq and Bush's presidency. In fact, the album's most pointed tracks are the most playful. As they did on Yoshimi's "Fight Test," the Lips couch their aggression in bouncy melodies and playful production tricks.
Indie legends' first new album in four years- widely tipped to be the group's return to a more guitar-centric sound- is stylistically diverse and colored by distant, queasy prodcution. While the band has always played around with a variety of sounds, when you get down to the nuts and bolts of songwriting, most of Mystics doesn't measure up. It's telling that their best melody since The Soft Bulletin was written by Cat Stevens, and when the Lips make more traditional song compositions their focus, the results here are rarely engaging. At War With the Mystics leaves me wondering whether making good records is really the point for the Flaming Lips at this juncture
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Featuring – Abstract Rude
|B||Tomorrow's Yesterday Instrumental|
|B||Mystic Music Instrumental|
NotesNo catalog number
Don't know if numbers work
This is what it says on the record
This is the only copy I've seen
Very rare Mystics 12" pressing