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Deviled Ham - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night (1968)


Deviled Ham's "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" was a late-1960s 'psychsploitation' release. Produced and arranged by Al Pavlow, the album featured the Rhode Island-based band The Ascots who had previously release a string of mid-1960s blue-eyed soul 45s for the Pavlow's Providence, Rhode Island-based Super K label.Musically the album featured a series of covers given 'psych' production touches, some more successful than others, like "Come On In" and "Port Of Ghost Ships" who found the group returning to their Doors-inspired sound.

Side 2 is a tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. "The Raven" featured a side-long suite that somewhat haphazardly cobbled together a martial paced cover of The Electric Prunes title track and the instrumental theme from "Rosemary's Baby" (source)


The album was finally released in 1970 as “I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night” on Buddah’s SuperK subsidiary (SKS-6003). The original cover art was dropped in favor of a generic, psychedelic illustration by painter David Wilcox with no mention of the band’s personnel; there was minimal advertising and little or no promotion (no single was sent to radio); and the music was over two years past its “sell-by” date. The album beat a quick retreat into the cutout bins. Over the last 40 years, however, the album has been rescued from obscurity by the rabid collectors in the psychedelic market and has become a prized collectible. Across the internet, there are several websites and blogs featuring pages discussing the merits (and demerits) of the work. The album is a gem and definitely worth seeking out on eBay or other collectors’ websites. As an ahead-of-its-time, intriguing slice of psychedelia, it is a grand feather in the cap of Rhode Island Rock ‘n’ Roll music history. (source)

History of The Ascots, The White Wash & Deviled Ham here.

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