“Huxley’s Howl” by Bay-area keyboard savant Howard Wales was originally released as a 7in single in the early ’70s on his own Costal Records imprint. Luv N’Haight is proud to present the first official reissue of this classic slice of mid-tempo, instrumental funk, loaded with stabbing horns, explosive Hammond organ and heavy drums with a nice dose of psychedelic vibes to round out it out. The B-side “My Blues” chugs along at a slower pace, with a “bluesier” sound as the title suggests while keeping the same killer psych flavor as the A-side.
Known primarily for his work alongside Grateful Dead frontman Jerry Garcia on their collaborative album “Hooteroll” while also appearing on the Dead’s seminal “American Beauty” LP, Howard Wales had already established himself as a talented player during the mid-1960’s working and touring with the likes of Ronnie Hawkins, the Four Tops and the Godfather of Soul himself James Brown. A true original and progenitor of the oft-used but mostly maligned “Acid Jazz” genre, Howard Wales paved the way for the psychotropically enhanced excursions of 70s’ Jazz, Funk, Soul and fusion.