Wide Open CD Reissue of this legendary Australian psychedelic/hard rock album from this Sydney combo originally released on Infinity in 1971. The group is widely known in psychedelic collector circles for the burning guitar work of Dennis Wilson and Tim Gaze (also of the great Australian hard-psyche group Taman Shud). This album opens with a wah-wah-fuzz blitz that sets the tone for what results in one of the heaviest albums of Australian psych of the era. Will appeal to fans of Human Instinct and other southern hemisphere hard-rock.
As you can expect from an album the title song should be a highlight. Not true in every case - but this time by all means. When listening to Wide Open N-Way you're first immediately forced to believe that this is an american westcoast psych band. Accent-free vocals and a very cool straightforward sound with acoustic guitar. But then they are showing another second sight right away with a weird piano and guitar echoes dominated krautrocked interlude…
The story of To/Die/For began in the early nineties when three guys from Kouvola, Finland formed a rock band called Mary-Ann. Back then founder member Jarno "Jape" Perфtalo handled both vocals and guitars while Tonmi Lillman played the drums and Make Kanki played the bass. Over the years Mary-Ann's lineup grew with keyboardist Juska Salminen and guitarists Andy & J-P Sutela, while the bass-playing duties were handed over to Miikka "Sepe" Kuisma.
During its existence Mary-Ann released two self-financed CDs, the latter of which, "Deeper Sin", included songs that would eventually end up on the albums of To/Die/For.