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Human Expression

Love At Psychedelic Velocity


In 1966, four high school students from the Los Angeles suburbs formed THE HUMAN EXPRESSION; by January 1967, their first single, “Love At Psychedelic Velocity” b/w “Every Night,” was released to an unsuspecting public. It was a dazzling, driving, opus of mind-bending sounds, and a harbinger of things to come. Their second single, “Optical Sound” b/w “Calm Me Down,” released in the "Summer Of Love," was a two-sided tour de force, with brooding introspective lyrics by lead singer, JIM QUARLES. The Human Expression's edgy bad boy image was the antithesis of the "flower-children" image so prevalent for groups in 1967. The band's third single was “Sweet Child Of Nothingness,” written by MARS BONFIRE. The three singles released during their short-lived career would burnish their reputation as one of the finest bands to emerge from the mid-’60s Los Angeles music scene. Compiled on this CD are all surviving demos and tapes of The Human Expression—sixteen tracks in total including five unreleased tracks—which include demos by Quarles from 1965 (recorded just before The Human Expression). Booklet has the story of the band, along with photos of rare band memorabilia.

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