Most educated people would assume the meeting of Edward Higgins and H.P. Lovecraft would involve a famous Salvation Army general and an obsessed horror and science fiction writer. Only a rock obscurist would realize that when this actually happened, a percussionist and arranger and cheesy psychedelic band were involved. Making things even more loathsome is the fact that Higgins may have had a set of bongos with him -- he does play the little drums on sessions by the Orchids. Sometimes credited more formally as Edward Higgins, this artist should not be confused with the fine jazz pianist of the same name who usually stuck with Eddie. The rocking -- or rather soft rocking -- Higgins was a regular collaborator of producer Bill Traut, a pretty fishy connection according to one listener who commented thusly on an H.P. Lovecraft side: "...It is the only album I have turned off in the middle out of sheer disgust and boredom." Brother Bertie Higgins had his own soft rock career: most of his albums include the percussionist, who also shows up on records by the New Colony Six and One Dove.
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