Karovas Milkshake- In The Shade Of Purple Sun LP. Russian psych heavy rock ‘n roll band The Karovas Milkshake have been quite elusive since their debut EP, sparsely cranking out a cassette and a 7” along the way. But last year saw the birth of their first official full-length ‘In the Shade of the Purple Sun’, a salute to the druggy deluge of the mid 60s, treading everywhere from garage rock to swirling psychadelia to hip-shakinng r&b. The album was orignally released as a CD only, but thanks to the Portugal-based Groovie Records, we now have a vinyl format. This LP is packed with 12 songs that run the gamut. ‘Cryptique’ oozes with Revolver-era jangley guitars and McCartney horn arrangements, ‘Howl’ is brimming with Cream-era Clapton riffs, ‘Zombie Wok’ struts along a theramin-flavored striptease reminiscent of Jayne Mansfield’s ‘Suey’, the sublimely ridiculous "Apple Pie" sounds like Syd Barret-on-speed ... and their influences go on and on. If you dig a well-placed sitar solo as much as a crunchy guitar solo, give The Karovas Milkshake a little taste. They cover alot of ground through the course of this LP and their hit to miss ration is pretty imppressive. Recommdended.