01. Mosaic - 6:28
02. Ghetto Raga - 10:29
03. Druid One - 3:46
04. Stone Circle - 3:28
05. Egyptian Book Of The Dead - 8:53
06. Area Three - 8:30
07. Dragon Lines - 5:30
08. Lark Rise - 2:49
The band originated from Canterbury and started out as a psychedelic band called "Giant Sun Trolley" gaining residency in south-London clubs doing long and improvisations and eventually changing their names to "Hydrogen Jukebox", recording one live album as such with Sweeney's percussions as scissor's clipping noise (with the mike attached to them) as he progressively undressed completely his girlfriend by clipping her dress during the concert (cut-out were very "in" at that time). Having finished their concert recording they discovered all their equipment stolen. So by sheer coincidence and obvious necessity, they became an acoustic band taking the name Third Ear Band.
Published during the late 60s, their first album, “Alchemy” is seen as a landmark of ethnic fusion music, including many elements of improvisations and obvious eastern and medieval accents. The band used lots of instrumentation thanks to cyclical, dancing oboe patterns and “tabla” percussions. All of the music is acoustic, slow evolving and have a small hypnotic power but nothing transcendental either. The eastern influenced improvisations can bring a druggy feel to the music.
If medieval music makes you drool with excitement and anticipation , beware as this is nothing in the Gryphon-type of music , but really more in the RIO (Rock in Opposion) genre and has a definitive minimalism influence -- a long drone with many instrumental solos.
This debut sets the tone for the band's whole career with their highly experimental sound.