Introspection – ‘the Holy Grail of headphone albums’ – gets Salon review

In 1968, Bill produced the album Introspection for The End – which has been hailed as ‘the Holy Grail of headphone albums’.

And while The End and Introspection formed part of Bill’s solo projects, today’s Salon magazine has picked up Introspection for a detailed review of the album and its history. The result, says Salon, is an album that is definitely not lousy.

Says Salon:

But it’s not lousy. In fact, it’s incredibly not lousy. Not just one or two of the songs, either – the whole album is a full-bodied technicolor blowout. Exquisite production, hooks galore and whiplash transitions… you might want to take a minute to dig out your good headphones.

The album was set to come out on Decca (the Rolling Stones’ label) in 1968, and by all rights conquer the world. But, bafflingly, it was shelved for about a year. Which, in the music scene in the late sixties, might as well have been twenty. When Decca did finally release it, they put nothing behind it, and it sunk like a stone.

It will get another chance this November, when Demon Records reissues the album in a deluxe four-disc edition, designed by the legendary Phil Smee.

You can read the full review and article at Salon magazine.

You can also read the full, detailed history of Introspection and The End here on Bill’s official web site.

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