Sam Gopal

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Sam Gopal (also called Sam Gopal's Dream) is an underground British Psychedelic rock band.

The band is named after its founder, Sam Gopal, born in Malaysia. From the age of seven, he played tabla, a northern Indian percussion that replaced drums in the band.

The line-up was Sam Gopal on Tabla, Mick Hutchinson on guitar, Pete Sears on bass guitar and (a little later) Andy Clark on organ. On 28 April 1967, the band performed at The 14 Hour Technicolor Dream, a UK Underground event organised by the International Times at Alexandra Palace. Other performing bands included Pink Floyd, The Pretty Things, Savoy Brown, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Soft Machine and The Move. Sam Gopal's Dream played at the UFO Club, The Electric Garden in Covent Garden (later to become Middle Earth), The Roundhouse, and Happening 44. They later played the Christmas on Earth Show at Olympia in London with Traffic, Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd. Jimi Hendrix later sat in with the original Sam Gopal's Dream at London's Speakeasy Club.

After the original band broke up in 1968, Sears went on to session work while Hutchinson and Clark recorded three albums as 'Clark-Hutchinson'. Sam formed a new line-up which included vocalist Lemmy. He was a singer-guitarist with Sam Gopal, before becoming the bassist of Hawkwind and, in 1975, the founder, singer and bassist of Motörhead.

Sam Gopal's album Escalator was recorded in 1968 and released in 1969. Sam Gopal self released another album "Father Mucker" in 1999 (GPS CD 001, Munchen, Germany). Songs from that album were recorded in 1990 but not mixed and overdubed until 1999. In that year he recorded one more song for this album which got released in the same year. Sam Gopal have another six albums recorded with professional musicians and mastered but they are still not released. "Father Mucker", musically and production-wise, is much better than "Escalator", according to some critics and fans. Which is not strange because Lemmy said he wrote "Escalator" in one night. On "Father Mucker" Sam Gopal showed on expanded tablas how blues can be played on tablas.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1968 Escalator 2

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