The maui Album
Media Condition: NM
Sleeve Condition: NM
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic, Folk
Notes: Solid copy, plays incredibly clean. 2015 reissue.
If you like: soft folk rock which toes psychedelia–along the lines of Robert Lester Folsom, West, Perth County Conspiracy, Count Five, The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, and our personal favorite: Philamore Lincoln–you’ll enjoy this charming album.
About: A cult hero with an eclectic body of work, Merrell Fankhauser is a guitarist and songwriter whose repertoire embraces surf music, folk-rock, psychedelia, and several stops in between. While his earliest work was rooted in straightforward rock & roll (Merrell & the Exiles) and surf (The Impacts), he began exploring more ambitious musical and lyrical themes with his folk-rock group Fapardokly, and he dug in even further with the pop-psychedelia of Merrell Fankhauser & H.M.S. Bounty. He took a deep dive into tales of lost continents, UFOs, and spiritual searchers with his next project, Mu, who blended acid rock, blues, and progressive accents. In his solo work, Fankhauser focused on artful soft rock with expansive guitar work; an excellent overview of his most fertile period can be found in the 2022 box set Goin’ Round in My Mind: The Merrell Fankhauser Anthology 1964-1979. *Mark Deming
A favorite track: I Saw Your Photograph