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O.W.L.

Of Wondrous Legend

Label: LOCUST MUSIC

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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To the few who have heard it, it has earned comparisons to Tim Buckley, Pearls Before Swine, and '60s British prog-folk. O.W.L was founded in 1968 on Chicago's north side by Stephen Titra. A founding member of the beloved Midwestern hippie jam band Mountain Bus, Titra left that band just as their Dead-inspired, bluesy jams gained serious regional traction in order to fully devote himself to the inward-looking, singular vision of O.W.L. Of Wondrous Legends  was recorded at Chicago's Universal Studios over a six month stretch in 1971 and a handful of test pressings were produced and circulated, but despite serious interest from a number of major labels, this gem went unreleased. The passage of time only further helped ensure the album's place in near total obscurity until a copy of one of the test pressings was unearthed in a Chicago junk shop in 2004. Following several years of collaborative efforts on this lost epic, Of Wondrous Legends now sees its first public release after some 35 years of obscurity. Mastered from the original source tapes. Features copious liner notes and vintage photos.
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Cat. number: LOCUST 110
Year: 2008