There was a wide variety of music coming out of Detroit 40 years ago, and the perfect pop of Motown was just one strand. With “Sea Of Tranquility,” Bump seem to be attempting to write their pop symphony, with surprisingly effective results. “Promises To You” is another example of this, although the guitar/organ freakout at the end gives the ruse away.
For truly mind-blowing fun, though, the closing 11-minute “Boris The Black” cannot be beat. Singer George Runyan takes on the role of the title character, who seems to be one bad-ass mofo. But it’s when the organs come in to duke it out that things really get dirty. I wish more bands had been adventurous enough to try things like this because it sounds great. To top it off, Alan Goldman’s guitar comes in like the bastard child of Blue Cheer’s Leigh Stevens. The drum solo which leads into the big finish is the icing on the cake of one of the greatest prog/psych/garage albums you have never heard.
Hear it now.