Terry Brooks first came to prominence with his 1973 debut LP, the heavy rocking progressive-psychedelic masterpiece ‘Translucent World’, privately released on his own Outer Galaxie Publishers label. Terry was active releasing albums, singles, and performing live throughout the 1970s, 80s and 90s, and was voted best guitarist in the world by Billboard Magazine in 1983. He remained staunchly independent through the years, having declined several major label contracts. Terry declined these opportunities, in part, because he never wanted to part ways with the members of his Strange band. And, crucially, he was committed to creating a more cosmic brand of rock n roll, which will be apparent to his long time fans.
The ‘Treasures and Gems from the Treasure Chest’ series has been launched to make available unreleased and little heard music from Terry’s massive archives. Each volume in the series seeks to showcase the many sides of this multi-faceted artist.
Treasure Chest Volume 10 brings together a stunning variety of heavy hitting cosmic jams and a couple outside-the-box surprises.
‘Shit Kickin’ Blues’ is a down ‘n’ dirty slab of Blues-Metal!
‘Metallic Volcanic Explosion’ takes the Metal right out into SPACE, being a lengthy stretch-out jam that features loads of cosmic exploratory rip it up guitar. It gets tastefully melodic around the 22-minute mark, but only briefly before veering into chunky Metal chords. It’s a gloriously in-yer-face, non-stop, spaced out guitar ASSAULT!
‘Dream (Live)’ is just what the title says. An alternative version of one of Terry’s most well loved songs.
‘Music From Beyond The Farthest Known Star’ was a surprise found on a cassette tape that thrilled the entire Terry Brooks production team. Terry is both poet and shaman, reciting and chanting the text against a dramatic jamming build up with an intensely emotional guitar meltdown. This is Terry at his most brain shattering cosmic!
‘The Mind’s Eye’ is another treat that highlights a rarely heard side of Terry’s art. It’s a beautifully melodic, somber guitar instrumental that gradually develops a trippy Eastern vibe. The guitar later becomes more fuzz-stoned while still retaining slowly meditative magic carpet ride leads, eventually building up to aggressively psychedelic freakout territory. It’s all very restrained yet SO incredibly expressive.
Finally, ‘Classics Medley’ features two Terry Brooks classics: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman’ and ‘Mr Strange’. The songs come together in a heavy rocking jam with tripped out manic guitar solos and classic trademark Terry Brooks screaming vocals.
released March 9, 2021
Music by Terry R Brooks. All rights reserved, Terry R. Brooks and publishing, Aura Love Publishers BMI. Producers Terry R. Brooks, Jerry Kranitz, Ben Upham, Benjamin Auman, All World Wide.
We are United Forever... Terry R. Brooks and the Cosmic Team. God Bless you and your families.