Biography

Led by the aptlynamed ANGEL, the band only recorded one album, which has become one of the best-loved folk-rock albums of its era. Recorded in New York and produced by longtime Wendy Carlos collaborator Rachel Elkind, it’s a haunting collection of autoharp-led pop songs, boasting strong melodies and powerful electric guitar, but sold poorly on release in 1971, causing the band to splinter.

Delicate and melodic baroque soft-rock with a mellow hippie aura. Vocally not unlike the softer moments of the Peanut Butter Conspiracy or Comfortable Chair. Where they came from is unknown, though some of the credits hint at it being recorded in New York City.

Little’s known about this group, even though their sole album, 1971’s One Voice Many, came out on a major label, Columbia. Sounding more like a record from the late ’60s than the early ’70s, its folk-rock-psychedelic blend was unusual for prominently featuring the autoharp of ANGEL Autoharp (as she’s billed on the record), which sometimes functioned much as a lead guitar or organ would within a rock lineup. Autoharp also wrote the material on the LP, which presented both instrumentals (on which the autoharp took its strongest role) and vocal numbers with male-female vocal blends/alternations, all the while maintaining a slightly haunting yet cheery flavor consistent with the sound of many Californian bands of the era.

Lineup:
ANGEL Autoharp autoharp, vocals
STEVE BOHN guitar, vocals
ROBERT GORMAN bass, vocals
MICHAEL JOHN HACKETT drums

Edited by post-mortem on 14 Apr 2010, 19:54

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  • ANGEL Autoharp
  • ANGEL Autoharp
  • Steve Bohn
  • Robert Gorman
  • MICHAEL JOHN HACKETT

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