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This is where you will find all the Boulders, Pebbles, Nuggets and Rubble etc.  that is the minefield of Compilation LP’s, please note that track lists change on later CD releases as stuff gets added and chopped with re-releases (it is common for most CD releases to have extra tracks not included on the original vinyl release)

“....Stand back I’m not sure how big this things gonna get....!!”

Fluorescent Tunnelvision - Various Artists

2001

Submergence SUB-0047

Track List:

Disc 1: Circle -Veitsi, F/I - Quantum Foam, Pseudo Buddha - Calling Quexzalcoatl, Zelany Rashoho - ......., Oránj Climax - Offering, Djam Karet - New Light On The Dark Age, Quarkspace - Brainhaze (D.O.B.H#3), Melodic Energy Comission - Ramalite From Vega, Ektroverde - Suru.
Disc 2: Faust - From The Upper Underworld (Little Eavvivando), Volcano The Bear - Strasshand, Escapade - Warningless, Tombstone Valentine - Fleeing From The Perfect Master, Mushroom - Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, Tree Sine - Jump To The Moon, 2012 - Look, Subarachnoid Space - So Near And Yeti So Far.

Review:

My God It's Full Of Stars...Following on from 1999's acclaimed Turn Century Turn: Space Rock & Psychedelia From Around The Globe (Mother West), Fluorescent Tunnelvision picks up very much in that vein featuring Free Form, Avant-Garde Space Rock/Psych and Experimental tracks from bands across the globe, hand picked by Compiler Hadley Kahn (drummer with Escapade). Although the collection of bands here are somewhat incestuous, Oránj Climax features Escapade's Bass player and Circle, Ektroverde and Tree Sine are all related too, this does not detract from a very well picked selection of tunes from around the world. If the extent of your Space Rock exploration ends with Gong and Hawkwind then this is not for you, BUT if your bag is full on sonic exploration then step forward into the darkness....
Finland's mighty Circle open Disc 1 with 'Veitsi', a fine, powerful, hypnotic track very much typical of their sound. What follows is nothing short of excellent as your are fed an endless supply of audio exotica from across the globe via the cold darkness of outer space. High points for me (as well as Circle) were Pseudo Buddha, Oránj Climax and the ultra heavyweight
Ektroverde track 'Suru' (which is more 'Circle' than it is 'Ektroverde').
Disc 2 contains as many ion charged particles as its predecessor, opening with the legendary Faust, one of the big hitters on the original Krautrock scene who have had a long and influential career starting with their self titled debut album way back in 1971. It is good to see original members Joachim Irmler and Werner Diermaier still producing strange and evocative music in the year 2001. Escapade are their usual spontaneous fluid selves with 'Warningless' and American psych/space rock supremo's Tombstone Valentine make a welcome appearance with 'Fleeing From The Perfect Master', 2012 is a long strange trip with 'Look' and San Francisco's Subarachnoid Space close the airlock on this fine comp with the eerie (and tongue in cheek?) 'So Near And Yeti So Far'.
Fluorescent Tunnelvision, the perfect way to sample some of the worlds finest Avant-Garde Space Rock in two easy to swallow discs.....look no further for your dose.

Reviewed by pOoTer - December 2001

Fluorescent Tunnelvision

Floralia Volume 2

1997

On Off NF 004

Track List:

Moonflowers - Let It Rain, Tribe Of Cro - Implosion, Dunlavy - In Circles, Humus - Brylecreem, Earcandy - Cosmic Space, Wobble Jaggle Jiggle - Keep Yourself In Control, Zen - Spaghetti Eastern, Lo-Fi Sucks! - Get Out Of My Way, Iron Bong - All Day Long, TV Dinner - Sheltering Sky, Bag - The Last Resort, Frolic Froth - Karmic Controlled Planets, Ole Lukkoye - Children, Atman - Theatre Of Mist, Anna Nancher - 39, Kryptästhesie - Brevi Amnesie, S/T - Marsschenleifen.

Review:

With Volume 2 of the 'now approaching legendary' Floralia comps Giampiero Fleba took the interesting approach of inviting bands from around the world to contribute tracks and in doing so has created a 'snapshot of the state of world psychedelia' in 1997. In our opinion this has worked very well and there is an interesting mixture of both bands and musical styles evident here.
Our personal faves were Belgium's Tribe Of Cro with their Gong-like spiralling space rock 'Implosion', the wonderfully cynical and tongue in cheek Wobble Jaggle Jiggle from here in the UK with their curious Garage Punk mantra, Frolic Froth from Mexico City with Karmic Controlled Planets and the beautifully hypnotic Theatre Of Mist from Atman (Poland).
As far as comps go this IS a very good one that we can recommend without a doubt and there really isn't a bad track on it, which is unusual for comps but shows Giampiero's commitment to release great music.

Please contact Giampiero at Mizmaze Records in Italy for more information on the Floralia Compilation Series.
mizmaze@tiscalinet.it

Reviewed by pOoTer

Floralia Volume 2

Floralia Volume 3

1999

Wot 4 Records WoT4CD99003

Track List:

Cosmic Gardeners - Moment Opens Moment, Amp - Left It, Korai Öröm - Welcome To The Hippie Future, Tom Kazas - Shadows of White, Ohm - Super Breakout, In The Labyrinth - Sagamartha, Smoking The Century Away - Professing the Non-pasteurized, This Fluid - Joni's Sweet Echo, Acid Mothers Temple and The Melting Paraiso U.F.O - Psycho Karman, Magic Carpathians - First Step into The Mountain, Le Forbici Di Manitu - Division 6, Ectogram - Ochenaid Llseg, Tombstone Valentine - The Web, Alquimia - Floralia.

Review:

Floralia Volume 3, compiled by Giampiero Fleba picks up where Volume 2 left off with a stunning array of sonic delights from around the globe to grace your speakers and ears with. Totally new bands this time (excluding perhaps Anna Nacher and Atman who featured with a solo track on Floralia 2) from all corners of the planet, Germany, UK, Hungary, Australia, USA, Sweden, Mexico, Greece, Japan, Poland and of course Italy.
As with previous Floralia comps the standard is exceptionally high with some great global psychedelia featured here. Cosmic Gardeners is dreamy and eastern influenced, AMP a spacey jam full of effects. A favourite of ours, Korai Öröm from Hungary is an Ozrics feely space jam, Tom Kazas is airy and Floyd-ish and Ohm is a modern day digital Krautrock synth voyage.
Next up are Sweden's In The Labyrinth with their wonderful sitar and tabla 'Sagarmartha' followed by Mexico's strange Smoking The Century Away which is in a cosmic experimental jazz style featuring keyboards and clarinet. 'Joni's Sweet Echo' from Greece's This Fluid is a trippy electronic voyage and perhaps the most well known band here, Japan's Acid Mothers Temple are featured here in collaboration with The Melting Palaiso U.F.O for a frenetic and demented synthesiser and guitar fest of a truly warped nature......"Can you last the distance?"
Another favourite of ours are Poland's Magic Carpathians with 'First Step into The Mountain', a wonderful slice of gentle and haunting psych folk. We shall be trying to track down their latest release Ethnocore 2: Nytu, which from what we have heard is absolutely stunning and VERY different (yes please!!). Le Forbici Di Manitu come across like a discordant Bauhaus on a heavy hit of acid. Tranquility is resumed by the ethereal tones of Wales' Ectogram followed by the interesting sounding Tombstone Valentine who sound very promising indeed.
Floralia 3 finishes up with another excellent track, this time from the Mexican/English Alquimia who produces and plays all the synths and vocals on Floralia, taken from her latest album A Separate Reality.

Please contact Giampiero at Mizmaze Records in Italy for more information on the Floralia Compilation Series. mizmaze@tiscalinet.it

Reviewed by pOoTer

Floralia Volume 3

The Psychedelic Experience Vol- 1

199?

Mystic 6

Track List:

Astros - Space Walk, Premiers - Get On This Plane, Fantastic Zoo- Lightshow, Flower Power - You Make Me Fly, One Mile Ahead - Contribution, Picture - Evolution, Apple Glass Cyndrome - Someday, Kollektion  Savage Lost, Apparition - Apparition, Brass Toads - In The Back Of My Mind, Black Rose - Love Handles, Troy - Amnesia, Tommy Jett - Groovy Little Trip, Twilighters - Nothing Can Bring Me Down, Inexpensive Handmade Look - What Good Is Up, Jason Merrick & The Finders - I'm Not What You Are, Johnny Thompson Quintet - Color Me Columbus, Scorpion - I'm Only Human, Embryo Infinity Rebirth - Walls, NGC45 - Skippin Thru' The Night, Stu Mitchell - Acid, Tommy & The True Blue Facts - I'm Back.

Review:

This collection really reflects the earliest of garage psychedelic sounds - kinda corny but that makes it all the more endearing to true inner-astronauts! I value this collection, it's a must for one who collects anything trippy.

Reviewed by Mindy Togonon, Berkeley, California

The Psychedelic Experience Vol -2

1998

Mystic 8

Track List:

Decades - On Sunset, Higher Elevation - Odyssey, Monocles - Psychedelic, Waters - Mother Samwell, Trespassers - Come With Me, Cave Dwellers - Meditation, Castaways - Just On High
Dirty Filthy Mud - Forest Of Black, Element - Open The Door To Your Mind, Elopers - Music To Smoke Bananas By, Inner Light - Long Journey, Purple Underground - Countback, Mirror's Image - No Lovin' Man, Jokers Wild - All I See Is You, Doppler Effect - God Is Alive In Argentina
Essex St. Journal - Progression 256, Sherman Marshall - Realization Of Life, Unsettled Society - 17 Diamond Studded Cadillacs, Quiet Jungle - Ship Of Dreams, Knightsbridge Quintet - Sorrow In C Major, Raving Madd - Boundaries, East Side Kids - Close Your Mind, Ed Powers - Mourning
Trane - One Way Street.

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Psychedelic Illusions : The Psychedelic Experience Vol-3

1999

P & C Mystic Records

Track List:

Logic Circuit - Motorcross, Steve Akin - I'm Trippin Alone, Perpetual Motion Workshop - Won't Come Down, Section Five - Pusher's Route, Wild Things - Another, Colored Ink Drawing Inferno - The Inferno, Finnigan's Wake - Situation Sad, Electric Company - Scarey Business, Kensington Forest - Bells Crosstown Bus - Enchanted Island, Lawson and Four More - Halfway Down The Stairs, Hinge - Idols Of Your Mind, Tears - People Thru My Glasses, Grapple - Ethereal, Genesis Flyght - Triffle Cerivia Elastic Prism - Time Change David Santo - Rising Of Scorpio, Missing Lynx - Behind Locked Doors, One Of Hours - Psychedelic Illusions, Renaissance Fair - In Wyrd, Scorpio Tube - Yellow Listen, Jimmy White and The Relations - Diamond Coated Banana Bush, Pompeo Stillo and The Companions - He Was A Guitar Player And Now Plays Machine Gun,

Review:

This is a great little compilation. It's packed with 25 psychedelic artifacts from the scene in the USA. Although I haven't heard volumes 1 and 2, I'm sure they're just as interesting.
For highlights on this compilation, look for Steve Akin's "I'm tripping alone", who informs us of the heaviness of doing LSD alone, and Wild Things "another coloured ink drawing", who didn't fool anyone with their hidden message...especially as they lost it and started yelling "ACID!" halfway through the song. Presumably none of these bands ever had more than one or two singles. For some of the bands, that's understandable. A lot of the volcalists can't sing in tune, but curiously that doesn't detract from their fuzzy guitar solo's and phantasmagorical lyrics (i knew I could find somewhere to include that word!). There's definently some very cool lysergic vibes waiting to be discovered and experienced over and over again on this comp.

Reviewed by Mad Hatter.

Datura Dreamtime - Further Psychotropic Experimentation In The Forest Of Gold Tops

 

Boobs a lot records

Track List:

The Twilights - Devendra, Muszak - Writing Letters To Nowhere, Glass Web - Two Faced Woman, Inside Looking Out - H.M.S. Buffalo,  Vyt And The World - Dapper Dan, Mike Furber - I'm On Fire, The Chocolate - I'm An Animal, The Twilights - Take Action, Peter Wright - House Of Bamboo, Glass Web - In A Year Of So, Jeff St John & The Id - Eastern Dream, Vegetable Garden - Hypnotic Suggestion, The Jet Set - Now I Love You, The Limit - Happy Life, Plaster Scene - Love, Travis Wellington Hedge - Hey Bulldog, The Twilights - Blue Roundabout, John Vincent & The In-Sect - Madge's Charity Badges, Doug Ashdown - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
 Zoot - Three Jolly Little Dwarfs, The Playboys - Black Sheep R.I.P., Dave Miller Set - Why? Why? Why?, Oak Apple Day - Oceans Of Fire, Allison Gros - Naturally, The Atlantics - Light Shades Of Dark Part 2

Review:

Excellent 25 track follow up to the Forest Of Goldtops comp with The Chocolate's primal version of Eric Burden's "I'm An Animal" (The Chocolate were The Creatures of "Ugly Thing" fame), The Glass Web's bright mod psych "In A Year Or So", Doug Ashdown's slowed down and fuzzed out take on "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On", The Atlantics' "Light Shades Of Dark Part II" (The Atlantics were the famous Aussie instro group that later tryed their hand at punk and psych) and others. I like this comp A LOT - it may even be the better of the two.

Reviewed by mad_hatter

Mushroom Music Monoliths - The Gathering Of The Psyches

1999

Swamp Room Records

Track List:

The Monsters - Acid Dreams, Mark Lee - Shakers, Takers & Candlestickmakers, Eatable Love & Fliegenpilz - ?, Roy & The Devils Motorcycle - The Man, Mother Superior - A War Is Gonna Come, The Grip Weeds - Better World, Elanco - Seabreeze, Dead Moon - Running Scared, Cactus Cooper - Hold On To The Homegrown, Madra Gora Lightshow Society & Nik Turner - Floating At The Gate Of Dawn, Uli Trepte’s Move Groove - Groove Along With Dong, Mind Kiosk - Orange Juice & Chicken Soup.

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A Swamp Room Happening 2000

2000

Swamp Room Records

Track List:

Bevis Frond - Cant You Hear My Mind, Mind Kiosk - That Was Then But This Is Now, Velvetone - Falling Star, Joe Bloeck - Transatlantic Love, The Alchemysts & Simeson - 21st Century In Car Entertainment Firearm Blues, Liquid Visions - This Aint The Summer Of Love, Hal 9000 - Afraid to Be Alone, Hank Ray - Gunsmoke, Mandra Gora Lightshow Society - Point Me At The Sky, Lucky Bishops - We Are Genius, Liquid Laughter Lounge Quartet - Hate You, The Perc - Blind Faith, Thee Ultra Bimboos - Pussycat Drive, The Satelliters - My Hack On You, copy Cocks - Carting Line, Spids Noegenheads - Unknown Track, Solovyev - Endlosloop.

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A Pretty Smart Way To Catch A Lobster

1986

Flicknife SHARP035

Track List:

Voodoo Child-Lost In Heart, Underground Zero7 Light Years, Gwyllym & The Rasberry Flavoured Cat-These Boots Are Made For Walking, The Spooks-Oh Yeah, Underground Zero-Aimless Flight, Voodoo Child-Voodoo Child, Gwyllym & The Rasberry Flavoured Cat-gloria, Webcore-Son Of Man.

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Chocolate Soup for Diabetics Volume 1

1980

Relics LSD 1

Track List:

The Voice-The Train To Disaster, The Nuchez’s-Open Up your Mind, Tintern Abbey-Vacuum Cleaner, One In A Million-Double Sight, The Misunderstood-Children Of The Sun, Dantalions Chariot-The Madman Running Through The Fields, The Nuchez’s-BG’s One Eye, The Flies-I’m Not Your Stepping Stone, One In A Million-Fredereek Fernando, The Fire-Father’s Name Is Dad, Tintern Abbey-Beeside, The Fresh Windows-Fashion Conscious, Apple-The Otherside, The Unexplained-A Walk Down Emily Lane.

Review:

One of the first British psychedelic compilations available. Highlights include the second One In A Million single complete with a backwards guitar solo and capturing the band on such a high you can almost feel the energy bursting out; the top side of the only Dantalions Chariot single again with backward effects; both sides to the only single by the legendary Tintern Abbey (if only somebody could find some more stuff); killer guitar work from the Apple; freakbeat from the Fire; Fresh Windows produce a nice 60s period number that hasn't been issued (as far as I know) anywhere else and The Misunderstood with this lovely psychedelic gem, go out and grab the Chocolate Soup CD, you won't regret it.

Reviewed by Jim Mac from Marmalade Skies

Chocolate Soup for Diabetics Volume 2

1981

Relics Acid 1

Track List:

Mike Stuart Span-Children Of Tomorrow, Wimple Winch-Rumble On Mersey Square South, Fleur-De-Lys-Circles, Craig-I Must Be Mad, Apple-Buffalo Billy Can, The Score-Please Please Me, Winston’s Fumbs-Snow White, Him & The Others-She’s Got Eyes That Tell Lies, Big Boy Pete-Cold Turkey, The Hush-Grey, The Tickle-Subway, Syn-14 Hour Technicolour Dream, State Of Micky & Tommy-With Love From 1 to 5, Paper Blitz Tissue-Boy Meets Girl.

Review:
Another excellent addition to the Chocolate Soup trilogy of comps, this one features a number of fine British freakbeat tunes, including the Excellent Buffalo Billy Can by Apple, the Craig's I Must Be Mad, Circles by the Fleur de lys and, of course, Rumble on Mersey Square by Wimple Winch, among others.
Well worth searching for, if you haven't found these tunes elsewhere.

Reviewed by MusicGuy - June 2003

 

Chocolate Soup for Diabetics Volume 3

1982

Relics CSFD3

Track List:

The Factory-Path Through The Forest, Felius Andromeda-Meditations, Wimple Winch-Save My Soul, Fleur-De-Lys-Mud In Your Eye, Australian Playboys-Sad, Graded Grains-Animal Magic, The Accent-Red Sky At Night, Chapter Four-In My Life, The Poets-Wooden Spoon, The Smoke-Have Some More Tea, The Game-Help Me, Mummy’s Gone, Graded Grains-Lucifers Son.

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Zabriskie Point

1970

MGM

Track List:

 

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Mindrocker Volume 1

1981

Line LLP 5115

Track List:

The Brogues-I Ain’t No Miracle Worker, Chosen Few-Nobody But Me, Au Go-Go’s-All Over Town, Chris Morgan & The Toga’s-There She Goes, The Knickerbockers-One Track Mind, The Tiki’s-If I’ve Been Dreaming, Mark & The Escorts-Get Your Baby, The Other Half-Mr Pharmacist, The Jefferson Handkerchief-I’m Allergic To Flowers, The Peanut Butter Conspiracy-Time Is After You, The Seeds-A Thousand Shadows, Fire Escape-Love Special delivery, The Lyrics-Wait, Fenwyck-Mindrocker.

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Mindrocker Volume 2

1981

Line LLP 5129

Track List:

Del-Vetts - Last Time Around, Banshees - Project Blue, Saturday's Children - Deck Five, Knaves - The Girl I Threw Away, Pride & Joy - If You're Ready, Sounds Unlimited - A Girl As Sweet As You, Shadows Of Knight - Someone Like Me, Oscar & The Majestics - I Can't Explain, Lost Agency - One Girl Man, Shady Daze - I'll Make You Pay, Family - San Francisco Waits, Cherry Slush - I Cannot Stop You, Trolls - Don't Come AroundFactory - High Blood Pressure.

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Mindrocker Volume 3

1982

Line LLP 5140

Track List:

The Charlatans-32-20, The Charlatans-The Shadow Knows, The Shades-Ballot Bachs, The McCoys-Don’t Worry Mother, The Myddle Class-I Happen To Love You, The Next Five-He Stole My Love, The Everpresent Fullness-Doin’ A Number, The Baloon Farm-A Question Of Temperature, The Shags- Hide Away, The Fifth Order-Today (I Got A Letter), The Shapes Of Things-So Mystifying, The Marauders-Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind, The Gray Things-Charity, The Kords-Boris The Spider.

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Mindrocker Volume 4

1983

Line LLP 5147

Track List:

The Moving Sidwalks-99th Floor, The Moving Sidewalks-What Are you Going To Do, The Moving Sidewalks-Need Me, The Moving Sidewalks-Every Night A New Surprise, The Great Believers-Comin’ Up Fast, Scotty McKay Quintet-The Train Kept A Rollin’, A-440-Torture, Johnny Winter-Birds Can’t Row Boats, The Things-I Don’t Believe It, The Stoics-Enough Of What I Need, The Panda’s-Walk, The Bad Roads-Blue Girls, The Stoics-Hate, Satori-Time Machine.

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Mindrocker Volume 5

1983

Line LLP 5207

Track List:

Lindy Blaskey & The Lavelles-Let It Be, Lindy Blaskey & The Lavelles-You Ain’t Tuff, The Standells-Big Boss Man, Faine Jade-It Ain’t True, The Leaves-Love Minus Zero, The Music Explosion-Sunshine Games, The Music Explosion-Road Runner, We The People-In The Past, Lord & The Flies-Echoes, Matthew Moore Plus Four-Codine, The Soul Trippers-King Bee, The Thyme-Love To Love, The Warner Brothers-Lonely1, Capt. Groovy & His Bubblegum Army-Captain Groovy.

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Mindrocker Volume 6

1983

Line LLP 5212

Track List:

We The People - You Burn Me Up And Down, We The People - He Doesn't Go About It Right, Gas Co. - Blow Your Mind, Felicity - Hurtin', Lyme & Cybelle - Follow Me, Fantastic Zoo - Light Show, Baroques - Musical Tribute To The Oscar Meyer Weiner Wagon, Uniques - You Ain't Tuff, John Fred & His Playboys - Boogie Chillun, John Fred & His Playboys - Something's Going On, Groop - Woman You're Breaking Me, Lost Souls - Simple to Say, Jamie Lyons - Stay By My Side, Randy Fuller - It's Love, Come What May.

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Mindrocker Volume 7

1983

Line LLP 5222

Track List:

Mark IV-Hollow Woman, The Bad Seeds-King Of The Soap Box, The Surprise Package-Out Of My Mind, The Playboys Of Edinburg-News Sure Travel Fast, The Rising Sons-Candy Man, The Rising Sons-The Devil’s Got My Woman, Larry Williams & Johnny Watson with Kaleidoscope-Nobody, The Sparrow-Twisted, The Sparrow-Green Bottle Lover, The Denims-I’m Your Man, The Fugitives-Mean Woman, Dick Wagner & The Frost-Sunshine, The Sparrow-Tomorrow’s Ship, The Sparrow-Isn’t It Strange.

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Mindrocker Volume 8

1984

Line LLP 5235

Track List:

Bushmen - Baby, Bushmen - What I Have I'll Give To You, Family Tree - Prince Of Dreams, Family Tree - Live Your Own Life, Newports - The Trouble Is You, Fantastic Zoo - This Calls For A Celebration, Poother, Unlimited - Tastee Freeze, Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs - Summertime Blues, Joey Paige - Roll Over Beethoven, Minitmen - Smokin' In The Boys' Room, Headlyters - You'd Better Come Home, Beeds - Run To Her, New Yorkers - Again, Saturday's Garbage - The River Of Styx.

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Mindrocker Volume 9

1984

LMLP 5265

Track List:

Others - I Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye. Others - Until I Heard It From You, Others - (I Remember) The First Time I Saw You, Stained Glass - My Buddy Sin, Stained Glass - We Got A Long Way To Go, Liverpool Five - New Directions, Stone Country - Wheels On Fire, Bedforde Set - Girl, Go Run Away, Bluethings - La Do Da Da, Bluethings - Doll House, Bluethings - The Orange Rooftop Of Your Mind, Bluethings - Twist And Shout, Bluethings - You Can Live In Our Tree, King Bees - Lost In The Shuffle.

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Texas Psychedelia FromThe 60's

1986

Eva 12057

Track List:

Love-It’s the marlin baby, The Iguanas-Leaving you baby, The Iguanas-I can only give you everything, The Iguanas-Black suit, Mechanical Switch-spongeman, Mechanical Switch-Everything is red, The Sons Of Barbee Doll-psychedelic seat, Yesterdays Obsession-The phycle, Those Guys-Lookin’ at you behind the glasses, Satori-1000 micrograms of love, The Conqueroo-I’ve got time, The Conqueroo-1 to 3, The Bourbons-a dark corner, The Bourbons-of old approximately.

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The Psychedelic Snarl

1984

Bam Caruso Kiri 024

Track List:

Wimple Winch - Atmospheres, The Mirror - Faster Than Light, Caleb - Woman Of Distinction, Martin Cure & The Peeps - Its All Over Now, Living Daylights - Always With Him, The Misunderstood - Never Had A Girl Like You Before, Open Mind - Cast A Spell, The Dakotas -Spider and The Fly, Wimple Winch - Rumble On Mersey Square South, Open Mind - Magic Potion, The Living Daylights - Lets Live For Today, The Craig - I Must Be Mad, Unit 4+2 - I Will, The Hush - Grey, Wimple Winch - Save My Soul, The Mindbenders - The Morning After.

Review:

First compilation release from Phil Smee’s legendary Bam Caruso label and quite possibly the best collection of British Freakbeat ever assembled on a piece of vinyl. If you do not know what Freakbeat is or you just want the definitive article then get your mitts on this.
Thankfully some nice people decided to re-release much of the Bam Caruso ‘Rubble’ collection back in 1999 so tracking one down should not be too hard.
We on the other hand, have the original vinyl release, ha ha!! (in fact we probably have the entire Rubble collection on vinyl) which has nice sleeve notes. The Snarl opens with the awesome Wimple Winch’s ‘Atmospheres’ which is quite simply (as is most of their stuff) years ahead of its time.
Other highlights on the A-side are The Misunderstood, The Open Mind’s Cast A Spell (stunning), the excellent Spider and The Fly and finishing up with the truly fine Rumble On Mersey Square South, again from Wimple Winch. I dont know what people thought of these dudes back then but they were certainly pushing back the boundaries of music with heavy fuzz guitar and powerful drumming, topped with demented lyrics. Side-B starts with one of the most awesome psych tracks ever recorded, The Open Mind’s ‘Magic Potion’ which is a blistering heavy psych journey through searing guitar and a monstrous drum beat that will stay with you till the grave. Taking no prisoners, you are now subjected to The Craig’s ‘I Must Be Mad’...........YES they are, but this is a truly great slab of breakneck British Freakbeat that is about 5 years ahead of its time. Grey by The Hush is another insane Freakbeat classic followed by a truly mental wigged out psychout that could only be created by Wimple Winch...Save My Soul.......Yes they ARE in need of help, but we think its too late to save them.
Never has there been a compilation LP so crammed with jewels that it is fit to burst, yes this baby is certainly snarling.

Reviewed by pOoTer

49 Minute Technicolour Dream

1984

Bam Caruso Kiri 027

Track List:

Jason Crest-Black Mass, The Mirage-The Wedding Of Ramona Blair, Caleb-Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad, Kaleidoscope-Flight From Ashiya, The Cymbaline-Matramonial Fears, Finders Keepers-On The Beach, The Californians-The Cooks Of Cake & Kindness, Rings & Things-Strange Things Are Happening, The Fox-Butterfly, Unit 4+2-3.30am, Kaliedoscope-A Dream For Julie, Tempus Fugit-Come Alive, The Misunderstood-Golden Glass.

Review:

This really is one insane compilation. I own about 5 or 6 psychedelic compilations, and this one is probably my favourite. I've found that too many psychedelic compilations contain very un-psychedelic garage rock from the mid 60's, and only a few really psych tracks (the Nuggets box set, for example).
The 49 minute technicolour dream is pure psych, though. The first track, Black Mass by Jason Crest is amazingly powerful....and as difficult as it is to pick tracks from this masterpiece, look especially for the tracks by Kaliedoscope, one of the best psych bands that were around back then. Their track 'flight from ashiya' is brilliant, taken from their equally brilliant LP Tangerine Dream. There's gems from Finders Keepers, The Fox and most especially the dark and uniuqely psychedelic ' Golden Glass', by The Misunderstood. Rings and Things have their little psychedelic anthem on this comp, 'strange things are happening', which hits you with flowery psychedelic vibes as soon as you listen to it. The sound quality of the LP is pretty good as well.
The name of this comp is taken from the psychedelic 60's festival The14 Hour Techicolour Dream, a 14 hour festival in Europe where bands like Pink Floyd played, led by pyschedelic pied piper Syd Barrett. Also of interest to this, if you have chocolate soup volume 2, look for the track by The Syn written about this festival, it's insane.

Reviewed by mad_hatter

49 Minute Technicolour Dream

Endless Journey Phase 1

1982

Psycho 1

Track List:

Moving Sidewalks - I Want To Hold Your Hand, Rising Storm - Baby Please Don't Go, Outcasts - Smokestack Lightning, Oxford Circle - Foolish Woman, Oxford Circle - Mind Destruction, Unsettled Society - Diamond Studded Cadillacs, Finchley Boys - I'm Not Like Everybody Else, Rising Storm - A Message To Pretty, Rising Storm - Don't Look Back, Clique - Splash 1, Mystic Tide - Psychedelic Journey Part 1, Mystic Tide - Psychedelic Journey Part 2.

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Endless Journey Phase 2

1983

Psycho 3

Track List:

Wind - The Paisleys, It All ends - Finchley Boys, Tonight - Creme Soda, Feelin’ Much Better - Flat Earth Society, Cant Be Free - the Mint, We’re Friends - The Mint, Do you Understand My words - Help, Blow To My Soul - C.A Quintet, Workshop - The Hunger, Cold Spider - C.A Quintet, People Games Play - Faine Jade, Cold Winter Sun - Faine Jade, Trieulogy - Kak, Keep It Heavy - Creme Soda.

Review:

3rd offering from the Psycho guys sees a good mix of US psych kicking off with Wind taken from The Paisleys Cosmic Mind At Play LP. A highlight of the LP being the terrifying acid drenched madness of C.A Quintets Cold Spider, closely followed by the legendary Faine Jade’s - People Games Play. All of this is eclipsed only by the truly awesome epic that is Trieulogy from California’s Kak, a track that will haunt you for rest of your days on earth.......’I’ve only got one thing left to......thats to die....’

Reviewed by pOoTer

Endless Journey Phase 3

1983

Psycho 19

Track List:

Them - Gloria, Them - Baby Please Don't Go, Electric Rubayyat - If I Was A Carpenter, Clear Light - Sand, 5Cykle - Lesson To Learn, Cykle - Do My Thing, 49th Parallel - Close The Barn Door, T. Swift & The Electric Bag - Are You Experienced?, Golden Dawn - My Time, Frumious Bandersnatch - Hearts To Cry, Dirty Filthy Mud - The Forest Of Black, Strange - Ruler Of The Universe.

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Perfumed Garden Volume 1

1984

Psycho 6

Track List:

Factory-Try A Little Sunshine, Eyes-Youre Too Much, Syn-Grounded, Nimrod-The Bird, Smoke-Sydnet Gill, Birds-No Good Without You Baby, Shy Limbs-Reputation, Game-It’s Shocking What They Call Me, Frame-Doctor,Doctor, Mandrake Paddle Steamer-Strange Walking Man, French Revolution-nine Till Five, Vamp-Floatin’, Syndicates-Crawdaddy Simone, Sands-Listen To The Sky.

Review:

Side A:
We kick of with the Factory (they were originally known as the Souvenir Badge Factory) with their "Try A Little Sunshine", which is a great song, with an emotional vocal line and some great guitar work. It's from 1969.
Next is The Eyes, with "You're too much" which has a raw sound and a repetitive melody line, not recommended. They were from the Ealing area of West London. It's from 1966.
Time for The Syn with their "Grounded" it's kind of psychedelic R&B song, the drummer is awesome. It's from 1967.
Next is Nimrod with "The Bird" which is a typical slice of British psychedelia I guess. It starts with sticky vocal line and then evolves in some great musicianship, with great guitar playing and flute solo's, strange but o so good! It's from 1969.
The Smoke with "Sydney Gill" is a great psychedelic pop-song with all the trappings of genre to my ears (they pull some weird tricks out of their piano), great stuff.
Next are The Birds with "No Good Without You Baby" not really my style. It's an R&B song played without convincing the listener ok it has a frantic guitar solo but it's not worth the bother.
Next are the Shy Limbs with "Reputation", love this one it has a real 1967 feel to it (it's from 1969) and reminds me a bit of Procol Harum's "A whiter shade of pale", but I like this one better, play loud!

Side B:
We kick of with The Game and their "It's shocking what they call me", which has some dirty sounding guitar's and really bad vocals, not recommended. It's from 1967. Next is Frame with "Doctor doctor"  a kind of mod pop-song, it's from 1967.
Time for some great music with Mandrake Paddle Steamer and their "Strange Walking Man". It's a great slice of music, fantastic melodies and vocal parts. The end of the song is quite unusual with a strange tempo change in the end of the song, great! Play loud. It's from 1969.
Next is French Revolution with "Nine Till Five" is not my kind of music so I skip this one.
Next is Vamp with "Floatin', this one really sounds like everyone involved in the recording was seriously stoned, the song is a bit too laid back in my ears.
The Syndicats were a North London R&B band and on acid I guess. Chuck Berry had a great influence on the band according to their sound. It's from 1965.
We close this record with The Sands and their "Listen to the sky" this starts as a nice pop-song and develops into a more psychedelic musical haze, with sirens, and lots of feedback and some progressive leanings, great stuff, play loud!

Reviewed by Joël van Roode - June 2002

Perfumed Garden Volume 2

1984

Psycho 15

Track List:

Kult-No Home Today, Eyes-When The Night Falls, Poets-Baby Dont Do It, Ace Kefford Stand-For Your Love, Ruperts People-Reflections Of Charles Brown, Thane Russal + Three-Security, Deviants-I’m Coming Home, Fleur De Lys-Liar, Kult-Mister Number One, In Betweens-You Better Run, Glen Athens + The Trojans-Let Me Show You How, Gary Leeds + Rain-Francis, Les Goths-Turn Over.

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Perfumed Garden Volume 3 (CD re-issue)

1995

Reverberation

Track List:

Longboatmen - Take Her Anytime, Miller - Baby I Got News For You, Goths - Out Of The Sun, Shyster - Tick Tock, Majority One - Get Back Home, Groundhogs - Sad Go Round, Herbal Mixture - Please Leave My Mind, Pete Scully & The Orchard - Evil Woman, Adam's Recital - No Place For Lonely People, Cedars - For Your Information, Wolves - Lust For Life, Actress - It's What You Give, Reign - Line Of Least Resistance, Barry Mason - Over The Hills And Far Away, Boeing Duveen & The Beautiful Soup - Which Dreamed It?, Andwella's - Dream - Felix, Serendipity - Through With You, Rupert's People - Hold On.

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Perfumed Garden Volume 3

The Waking Dream

1985

Psycho 35

Track List:

Palace Of Light-Return To you, Palace Of Light-Safer, Palace Of Light-Bitter Seal, Mood Six-You Don’t Know Me, Mood Six-Far Away, Sleep Creature & The Vampires-Fade Away, Sleep Creature & The Vampires-Calling Out Your Name, Sleep Creature & The Vampires-Hilltop Land, Green Telescope-Turnin’ Out, Green Telescope-Can’t Step Off The Path, Green Telescope-I’m A Living Sickness, Magic Mushroom Band-Magick Eye, Magic Mushroom Band-Wide Eyed Ane Electrick.

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Staircase To Nowhere

1986

Bam Caruso Kiri 070

Track List:

Bulldog Breed-Portcullis Gate, Virgin Sleep-Secret, Tintern Abbey-Vacuum Cleaner, 23rd Turnoff-Michaelangelo, Human Instinct-A Day In My Minds Eye, East Of Eden-Northern Hemisphere, World Of Oz-Peters Birthday (Black & White Rainbows), Denny Laine-Catherine’s Wheel, Tintern Abbey-Beeside, Human Instinct-Pink Dawn, Timebox-Gone Is The Sad Man, People-Glastonbury, The Outer Limits-Help Me Please, World Of Oz-Like A Tear, Warm Sounds-Nite Is A Comin’ Smeta Murgaty.

Review:

The Rubble series continues with volume 12. This volume features the works of the Deram label (sister label to that of Decca). Highlights include Tintern Abbey with both sides of their legendary only single; The Human Instinct provide two stunning songs including the superbly titled 'A Day In My Minds Mind'; the wah-wah pedal works from Bulldog Breed; The World of Oz come up trumps with two numbers including the Indian flavoured 'Like a Tear'; backwards tapes galore from Timebox and Warm Sounds end this compilation with their final single in true manic style merging both sides together as surely intended. All in all, you'd be pretty pushed to get a better Rubble volume.

Reviewed by Jim Mac from Marmalade Skies

Staircase To Nowhere

The Clouds Have Groovy Faces

1986

Bam Caruso Kiri 049

Track List:

The Fairytale-Loveley People, The Kinsmen-Glasshouse Green Splinter Red, The Poets-I Am So Blue, Ice-Anniversary Of Love, The End-Shades Of Orange, Turquoise-Tales Of Flossie Fillet, Pudding-The Magic Bus, The Attack-Neville Thumbcatch, The Accent-Red Sky At Night, The Elastic Band-8 1/2 Hours To Paradise, The Attack-Created By Clive, Two & A Half-Suburban Early Morning Station, Life ‘n’ Soul-Peacefully Asleep, The Poets-I’ll Cry With The Moon, Falling Leaves-Beggars Paradise, Tinkerbells Fairydust-20-10

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Adventures In The Mist

1986

Bam Caruso kiri 069

Track List:

The Accent-Winds Of Change, The Poets-Wooden Spoon, Felius Andromeda-Cheadle Heath Delusions, The Plague-Looking For The Sun, The Fairytale-Listen To Mary Cry, Fire-Treacle Toffee World, The Attack-Colours Of My Mind, The Californians-Follow Me, The Fairytale- Guess I Was Dreaming, Felius Andromeda-Meditations, Sauterelles-Dream Machine, The Attack-Lady Orange Peel, The Poets-In Your Tower, Turquoise-Woodstock, Cherry Smash-Fade Away Maureen, The Ice-Iceman.

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From The House Of Lords

1986

Bam Caruso Kiri 065

Track List:

The Doctor-The House Of Lords, The Sugar Battle-Colliding Minds, The Ice Doves-Stepping Stone, The Glass Keys-Workshop Of My Mind, The Black Atlas-Living Colours, The Attractions-Slow Patience, Sleepeaters-The Last Mile, The Time Machine-Dear Prudence, The Wedding-Summer Evening, Paul Roland-Mad Elaine, The Fading Dream-Father’s Name Is Dad.

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Nightmares In Wonderland

1986

Bam Caruso KIRI 026

Track List:

Brain - Nightmares In Red, Focus Three - 10,000 Years Behind My Mind, Pretty Things - Talkin' About The Good Times, Bamboo Shoot - The Fox Has Gone To Ground, Wild Silk - Visions In A Plaster Sky, Mark Wirtz - (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman, Lemon Tree - William Chalker's Time Machine, Koobas - Barricades, Aquarian Age - 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box, Pretty Things - Mr. Evasion, Executive - Gardena Dreamer, Chances Are - Fragile Child, Ipsissimus - Hold On, Edwick Rumbold - Shades Of Grey, Penny Peeps - Model VillageTomorrow - Revolution.

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Pop Sike Pipedreams

1987

Bam Caruso Kiri 025

Track List:

The Mode-Eastern Music, Wimple Winch-Marmalade Hair, The Parking Lot-World Spinning Sadly, The Pretty Things-Defecting Grey, Keith West-Kid Was A Killer, Shotgun Express-Indian Thing, The Executive-Tracey Took A Trip, Wimple Winch-Lollipop Minds, The Talisman-You Break My Heart, The Pretty Things-Walking Through My Dreams, Bo Street Runners-Love, Sons Of Fred-Sweet Love, Wimple Winch-Bluebell Wood, Idle Race-Knocking Nails Into My House, Spencer Davies Group-After Tea, Gordon Waller-Rosecrans Blvd.

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Pop Sike Pipedreams

Pebbles Volume 1

1979

BFD 5016

Track List:

Action Woman - The Litter, Who Do You love - Preachers, Dance Fanny Dance - Floyd Dakil Combo, I’m In Pittsburg - The Outcasts, All The Way - The Squires, Going Away - Grains of Sand, You Treat Me Bad - Ju Ju’s, 1-2-5 - The Haunted, Like a Rolling Stone - Soup Greens, Crakin’ Up - Wig, Psychotic Reaction - Positively 13 O’Clock, Spazz - Elastic Band, Rich With Nothin - Split Ends, Potato Chip - Shadows of Knight, Beaver Patrol - Wild Nights

Review:

The original and best of the ‘many’ compilations that flooded the record shops in the mid 80’s. Obvious highlights....The Haunted 1-2-5, The Litter’s Action Woman and The Elastic Band, not many weak spots here....classic US Garage/Punk.
n.b. Listen out for the 5 Years Ahead of My Time riff in the closing bars of the Ju Ju’s - You Treat Me Bad.

Reviewed by pOoTer.

Pebbles Volume 1

Pebbles Volume 2

1979

BFD 5019

Track List:

Makin Deals - The Satans, 99th Floor - Moving Sidewalks, Feathered Fish - Sons of Adam, Wah Wah Pedal - Electric Prunes (?), Rub Me The Wrong Way - Road, So What - Lyrics, Lost Innocence - Buddhas, Bad Girl - Zakary Thaks, Green Fuz - Green Fuz, Go Ahead - Squires, I Can Only Give You Everything - Little Boy Blues, She’s Gone - Dovers, I Must Run - Phil and the Frantics, What am I Going To Do - Dovers, Cold Outside - Choir, Wine - Bobby Fuller, I’m A Man - The Litter.

Review:

More classic 60’s Punk from the Pebbles guy’s. Unmissable classics here, 99th Floor by pre-ZZ Top supremo’s Moving Sidewalks, Green Fuz - Green Fuz and Lost Innocence from Bakersfield’s Buddahs.

Reviewed by pOoTer.

Pebbles Volume 2

Pebbles Volume 3

1979

BFD 5020

Track List:

Diamond Mine - Dave Diamond, Suzy Creamcheese - Teddyand his Patches, Suicidal Flowers - Crystal Chandelier, Swami - William Penn V, Allergic to Flowers - Jefferson Handkerchief, Bonus Track (?), Flight Reaction, Loose Lip Sync Ship - The Hogs, Reality of Air Fried Borsk - Driving Stupids, 5 Years ahead of My Time - Third Bardo, Voices Green and Purple - The Bees, Spider and The Fly - Monocles, The Trip - Godfrey, Faces - T.C Atlantic, Soggy Cereal - Mike Condello, Dom Kellar os Mods - Lea Riders, Horror Asparagus Stories - Driving Stupids, Dribbling Flam - Race Marbles.

Review:

The Compilation to end all compilations? no punches pulled here. Full power, full on psychout in this possibly the best Pebbles ever!. Teddy and his Patches, Suzy Creamcheese in classic screaming punk style, the excellent (but tongue in cheek) Swami, Calico Wall’s Flight Reaction freak out, all killers on side 1. Side 2.....well what can I say, The Third Bardo and The Bees side by side on vinyl.......

Reviewed by pOoTer.

Pebbles Volume 3

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