Fat Mattress: S/T (1969)
The album is a blend of pre-prog sounds, psychedelia with strains of folk and R&B, probably not far afield from Traffic and Mighty Baby (with nods to US bands like Kaleidoscope and Moby Grape).
Opener "All Night Drinker" leans to the band's bluesier side, and I tend to skip it in favor of the more psych-like explorations, moving on to the much poppier "I Don't Mind," upbeat light-psych. The trippy "Mr. Moonshine" is a stand-out, maybe the most deliberately psychedelic; "She Came In The Morning" and "How Can I Live?" mine similar territory, Nuggets-worthy lost gems ideal for kicking back with some headphones. Other tunes lean more on old-time British folk, pretty little pieces like "Bright New Way" and "Walking Through A Garden," or rock out a bit, like the Byrdsy "Petrol Pump Assistant."
It's all a bit dated, of course, a souvenir of its time, but worth a listen for 60s psych fans. The CD reissue appends a bunch of additional tracks, not bad but not essential. (The 1970 follow-up, Fat Mattress II, wasn't much different, and is better than the critical slagging suggests.)
Here's a performance of "Mr. Moonshine":...and "Magic Forest":Audio rip of "How Can I Live?":
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