By now, most of the early Monster Magnet recordings are pretty much well respected albums of the late 80's/early 90's psychedelic & stoner rock scene. Tab was actually recorded before the bands popular Spine of God album, but released after for some reason. Now reissued by SPV, Tab can once again be enjoyed in all its sonic weirdness, as the acid laced, Hawkwind-influenced freakout jam that is really is. Fans of long form psychedelic jams alongside early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, or Amon Duul will love the opening 32+ minute title track, an epic journey into the recesses of your mind. You can just feel the drugs taking effect as the layers of tripped- out guitar washes, droning percussion, and odd spoken vocals permeate through the mix, at times seemingly out of control yet oddly all making some sort of sense and with some sort of purpose. Feedback, distortion, and delay make up much of the wacked out effects on this long acid-trip into space. The band moves into hard rock and stoner territory on the heavy "25", which crushing power chords from Ed Mundell and Dave Wyndorf, the latter who also contributes some punkish lead vocals as well. Check out Mundell's extended 60's styled wah-wah solos here, just dripping with distortion and feedback. Razor sharp guitar licks meet with trippy flower power on "Longhair", a song that could have easily been recorded in the 60's, and "Lord 13" is like a head on collision between Black Sabbath and The Doors.
Monster Magnet would go on to record many more albums, and still remain a viable force on the heavy rock scene, but if you want to check out their early psychedelic sound which was obviously very influenced by the 60's and 70's music scene, give Tab a try.
1) Tab (32:12)
2) 25 (12:28)
3) Longhair (4:09)
4) Lord 13 (7:25)
Spine of God (live)-bonus track