The Psycheground Group has been a completely mysterious band for a very long time, about whom nothing was known except the fact that they released an obscure LP in 1970, with a red front cover with a stylized drawing of a male face wearing a coloured bandana. Only in recent times it has finally been revealed that “Psychedelic and Underground Music” was played and recorded – and sung on very rare occasions – by musicians from Nuova Idea, who would debut only a year later with the LP “In the Beginning”, the first in a trilogy of albums that would leave an important and indelible mark on the Italian Progressive Rock story.
For this reason, when we talk about this genre, this album is often mentioned among its hidden gems; but there’s more: the songwriters are Gian Piero Reverberi, historic producer mostly remembered for having produced Le Orme’s most progressive records, and Sandro Brugnolini, Massimo Catalano and Stefano Torossi, three among the main composers of library music. “Psychedelic and Underground Music” is a fully instrumental album – with the exception of some vocal harmonization – of rhythm & blues, pop and psychedelic music with a strongly British imprint: it is no coincidence that for a long time it was mistakenly believed that The Psycheground Group were a English group.
“Psychedelic and Underground Music” is a wonderful cult album, impossible to find in its first edition which is valued thousands of Euros in the collectors’ market. It is now reissued in an original-like version, on clear yellow vinyl.