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Medusa: First Step Beyond

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You must physically hold this album, kneel at its altar; we will fail to describe it. Medusa’s First Step Beyond might have forever shifted the perception of Chicago rock history had it managed to make the leap from tape to its never-realized vinyl pressing. Instead, the conflagation of Sabbath, Hawkwind, and Amon Duul II remained petrified in the Corycian Caverns—otherwise known as the drummer’s basement. Self-produced on four track in 1975, this lone transmission from Medusa’s repertoire appeared on the extremely mysterious Pepperhead label, whose proprietor allegedly disappeared after a bad trip and was never been seen again. Forged in ceremonial mock-velvet, custom embossed in Gorgon-gold and blood-red, and art directed in accordance with the band’s elaborate original stage props and artwork, we have positioned this unreleased opus to finally reach its destination: the turntables of pot-smoking and leather-clad teenagers, young and old.

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released February 12, 2013

2013, 2013 Numero Group

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Medusa Chicago, Illinois

As the ’70s dawned, Chicago rock was dominated by the ensemble horn sounds of Ides of March, Ask Rufus, and Chicago Transit Authority. Medusa, however, hunted down British and German hard rock, brought to Midwestern shores by the Bayou Record Shop and their Billingsgate label, which released early Scorpions, Neu!, and Epitaph LPs domestically. ... more

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