24 Hours is the First and only Album by the Psychedelic Rock Band Ant Trip Ceremony.
Steve Detray formed Ant Trip Ceremony in 1966, but after taking a break from the school he was going to, he disbanded the group, but kept the name (the idea for the name was given by an English Teacher, who had read it in a book, describing the Human modern Society). In the same school, the next year, he re-formed Ant Trip Ceremony, this time, with an Electric Rock sonority, leaving the Blues which they originally played. At the cost of every member of the band they recorded this record, printing 300 copies of which only 100 were sold, to recoup the expenses. Contrary to the legend, this Album was not produced by David Crosby, from The Byrds and CSN&Y, but a fellow member of the college who was also called David Crosby. Detray only participated in one of the two sessions that were made to record the Album.
The Album opens with "Outskirts", an impressive quick Psychedelic song with some very enjoyable Vocal effects. It is followed by "Pale Shades Of Gray", apart from the Guitar Solo, it doesn't change much from the beginning to the end, but it is a very good song, for a 4-minute song based in the same notes, it is impressively interesting. They present a very good cover of "Hey Joe", very trippy, and some amazing Howls and Guitar work, very strong. "Four In The Morning", The Vocals are again wonderful, even though he hasn't got such a great vocal reach, it is amazing how well he did on this Album. Another highlight is obviously the Flute Solo! Any band that uses the Flute on one of their Songs is good. "Elaborations" is a fantastic Instrumental only Psychedelic jam. 7 minutes of great Psychedelia. "Riverdawn" the Flute takes the Lead role again in this song. This is different from the above songs, it is a Folk song with Pearls Before Swine-like Vocals. "Locomotive Lamp", i happen to dislike this song, the sonority is too close to Sunshine Pop for me to like it. "Little Baby", pretty much consists of a few lines being repeated like crazy (You go, and i go with you baby) and a Bluesy rhythm. There's a pretty decent Drums Solo in "Sometimes I Wonder".
A very impressive Album, that has now reached legendary status. It is a much sought collectors Album. The cover is really weird and i must say quite intimidatory.
Ant Trip Ceremony:
- Steve Detray - Lead Guitar.
- George Galt - Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica, Harp.
- Roger Goodman - Vocals.
- Gary Rosen - Bass, Guitar, Vocals.
- Mark Stein - Lead Guitar, Flute, Bass.
- Jeff Williams - Drums.
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