Lobby Loyde is a name that I've seen for many a year in rare record catalogs but I never heard his music until now. An Australian guitarist of some reknown in his home country he apparently slogged on for years with a variety of bands. Beyond Morgia is a fascinating musical document that has sat on the shelf, unreleased, since it was recorded in 1976. Essentially Loyde came up with a concept for an instrumental space rock album that would be the soundtrack for a sci-fi novel he had written. It was recorded with a full band but never released. While it opens with a few disposable tracks of spacy synth noodling it eventually makes it way to 3 epic length tracks that are ripped right from the Pink Floyd play book circa Wish You Were Here and Animals. If I didn't tell you what you were listening to you would think it was Floyd - it's insane how much this sounds like them! By the way, this guy is a monster guitarist. He flys up and down the frets. Lobby gets low marks for originality but high marks for execution. The fact that something like this sat in the vaults for so long is amazing. Oh by the way, the disc comes in a gorgeous diecut digipak - the booklet has extensive notes and an interview with Lobby Loyde. I like it and recommend it because I love Pink Floyd and I can make believe that it's the missing album between WYWH and Animals.
For the hell of it - here is the record label hype:
Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths Of Klimster is the legendary, previously unreleased 1976 space rock album and the soundtrack to an imaginary film. In June 1976, Lobby Loyde was at a critical juncture in his career; he stood at the metaphorical musical crossroads where a number of pathways lay ahead of him yet nothing was certain. He had already established himself as one of Australia's legendary guitarists and rock personalities, having toured and recorded relentlessly with The Purple Hearts, The Wild Cherries, The Aztecs, Coloured Balls and Southern Electric. Yet where was he to go from here? With his faith in Australian music at low-ebb, he'd already decided to travel to London to check out the scene over there. One final order of business he had to complete before his departure in early July was to record a new album. Lobby had written the music for a space rock concept album which he wanted to record as the instrumental soundtrack for a proposed sci-fi film, all of which was based on his unpublished novel called Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths Of Klimster. Beyond Morgia was recorded at Armstrong Studios one weekend in June 1976, with the guys from Southern Electric on hand. The tapes went missing for many years, presumed lost forever but they recently surfaced. The album itself is an incredibly eclectic and diverse assortment of music: vast swathes of glacial keyboard notes with Loyde's unique, soaring psych-rock guitar work to the fore. It is classic space rock, beginning with a brooding electronic pulse (think early Tangerine Dream circa Electronic Meditation and Alpha Centauri), before building to a climactic guitar crescendo that echoes Pink Floyd at their most spacious and futuristic (think Ummagumma and Meddle -- with just a hint of Hawkwind's wind-tunnelling space explorations from Space Ritual). On top of that are Loyde's classical music influences, in particular his great love of Wagner and Beethoven, which come out in much of the music. Finally seeing the light of day -- 31 years after it was recorded -- Beyond Morgia: The Labyrinths Of Klimster is a worthy addition to the diverse catalog of the great Lobby Loyde."