|Spinning Wheel Volume 3
1. The Underground Set - Arcipelago (inst) / 2.The VIPPs - Winter time / 3. Elizabeth - Not That Kind of Guy / 4.Billy Fury - Going Back To Germany / 5. Los Iberos - Summertime Girl / 6. The Merseys - Dreaming / 7. The Troll - Mr Abernathy / 8. Cilla Black - Abyssinian Secret / 9. The Gibsons - Lazy Summer Day / 10. Timon - And Now She Says She’s Young / 11. The Feminine Complex - I Won’t Run / 12. The Hinge - You Better Go Home / 13. Claudine Longet - Hello, hello / 14. Waltham Green East Wapping Carpet Cleaning Rodent And Boggit Extermination Association - Death of A Kind / 15. Chrysalis - What Will Become of The Morning / 16. Odyssey - How Long Is Time / 17. The Shanes - Chris Craft No.9 / 18. Tony Hazzard - Everything’d Gone Wrong / 19. The Poppy Family - Endless Sleep / 20. The Family Tree - Keein’ A Secret / 21. Ola & The Janglers - Alex Is The Man / 22. Piccadilly Line - Yellow Rainbow / 23. Francoise Hardy - Tiny Goddess / 24. George Martin - Theme One (inst)
This third (but hopefully not final?) volume of Spinning Wheel has a more consistent and fluid feel to it than Volume 2. The set is topped and tailed by two extra-strong flavoured instrumentals in The Underground Set’s groovy ‘Arcipelago’ and George Martin’s monster ‘Theme One’. The Vipps (with the extra ‘P’ between R&B and psych transformation into Art) recorded (mainly for the US market) a few really tough tunes of which ‘Wintertime’ is one. The Merseys drop in with their Jimmy Campbell penned ‘Dreaming’ a happy-go-lucky sort of floater whilst fellow Liverpudlians Timon also contribute a delightful softie in ‘Now She Says She’s Young’.
Longest named band ever Waltham Green... (etc., see track list!) didn’t need the novelty name to push their excellent ‘Death Of A Kind’ as it’s a real paisley pop winner. Odyssey’s (post Sons of Fred) ‘How Long Is Time’ has made one brief outing before on a Tony Sanchez CDR, but it deserves a wider hearing, so here it is again. A blissful floater with powerful chorus and that dreamy vocal, a great tune. Tony Hazzard’s ‘Everything’s Gone Wrong’ is a non-album B side from 1968 and has that great late 60s pop feel to it that his first album does. Other seldom heard visitors include Chrysalis, The Hinge, The Gibsons, The Troll and Elizabeth all of whom contribute songs of merit and musicality. This is a lovely comp for light - medium pasiley pop and similar styles, perhaps even the best of the three volumes thus far.
Submitted by Paul Martin -
firstname.lastname@example.org - August 2003
Hallucinations: Psychedelic Pop Nuggets From The WEA Vaults
Rhino Handmade (CD numbered edition of 7,500)
Baker Knight & The Knightmares - Hallucinations / The Misty Wizards - It’s Love / The Next Exit - Break Away / The Collectors - Looking At A Baby / Adrian pride - Her Name Is Melody / The Association - Pandora’s Golden Heebie-Jeebies / The World Column - Lantern Gospel / Tom Northcott - Who Planted Thorns In Miss Alice’s Garden / John Wonderling - Man of Straw / Ellen Margulies - The White Pony / Jeff Thomas - Straigh Aero / MC2 - My Mind Goes High / Bras Buttons - Hell Will Take Care Of Her / The Salt - Lucifer / Kim Fowley - Strangers From The Sky / The Electric Prnes - Antiqe Doll / The Boniwell Music Machine - Astrologically Incompatable / The Tokens - How Nice? / The Coronados - Your Love Belongs To Everyone / Lee Mallory - That’s The way It’s Gonna Be / The Glass Family - House Of Glass / The Holy Mackerel - Wildflowers / The Momkees - Porpoise Song / The West Coast Poop Art Experimental Band - Smell Of Incense.
For anyone who has already one or the other of Rhino’s Nuggets CD box sets, Halllucinations can be regarded as stand-alone additions to them. The glossy liner booklets are choc full of pics (colour and b/w) of each band along with synoptic band biogs, like mini-versions of the long-box set booklets. The thick card digi-pack presentation also features a nifty revolving plastic purple wheel with a a kaleidoscopic effect when you revolve it behind the op-art sleeve pic of the girl’s face. The CD label is a repro of the old Warners gold label which is also good on the eye. So very nice to look at and cool to casually leave on the coffee table when friends come round so they can see how hip you are!
As for the sounds encrypted on the disc, they are a joy. It depends of course on the size and diversity of your CD / record collection as to how many of these little gems you may actually need, but of the 24, I found around two thirds I hadn’t come across yet. And of course where there is duplication, the Rhino version nearly always represents an upgrade, all being from master tapes. There are also other minor incentives. Music Machine’s ‘Astrologically Incompatible’ may be available on the Sundazed anthology of their Warners material, but here it is presented for the first time in mono. Similarly, The Monkees ‘Porpoise Song’ may be familiar enough to many, but here: ‘the version featured on this collection is the original, long mono-single mix which has heretofore been unavailable on CD’. Upgrades and minor jollies aside, there are some excellent and obscure tunes on this set.
Former 50s rockabillies ‘Baker Knight & The Knightmares’ opener and collection title, ‘Hallucinations’ (Baker-Knight was author of Rickie Nelson’s ‘Lonesome Town’) is a US popsike gem, all wobbly effected chorus vocal and period embellishments. Canadian Tom Northcott (check his version of ‘Blackberry Way’ on Pop In Vol.3) contributes his original version of ‘Who Planted Thorns In Miss Alice’s Garden’ (a much better version than the more familiar cod reggae cover by The Explosive as featured on The Electric Lemonade Acid Test Vol.1 LP). There’s stuff you’re gonna have of course like Kim Fowley’s ‘Strangers From The Sky’ and The Electric Prunes ‘Antique Doll’, but you’re not likely to have heard the ‘66 pop wobbler delight that is Adrian Pride’s ‘Her Name Is Melody’ The folky pop stylings of Ellen Margulies’s ‘White Pony’ or the out of phase (and character apparently) pop pleaser that is Jeff Thomas’s ‘Straight Aero’.
This is sumptuous little package with many new gems and surprises and well worth adding to the CD shelf (or the coffee table!)
Submitted by Paul Martin -
email@example.com - August 2003
Vol.1 - Choice cuts from the other side of mainstram pop 1966-70
- Elevator, PLASTIC PENNY - Your Way To Tell Me To Go, THE MINDBENDERS
- Uncle Joe The Ice Cream Man, LOVE AFFAIR - Lincoln County,
THE CASUALS - Caroline, THE BEE GEES - Sir Geoffrey Saved The
World, PAUL & BARRY RYAN - Keep It Out Of Sight, DAVE DEE,
DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TITCH - Still Life, THE MIRAGE - Mystery
Lady, THE MERSEYS - So Sad About Us, THE PICADILLY LINE - At
The Third stroke, WARM SOUNDS - Birds And Bees, THE BLUE JEANS
- Hey Mrs. Housewife, GERRY MARSDEN - Gilbert Green, THE HERD
- Miss Jones, WAYNE FONTANA - The Words Of Bartholomew, GRAHAM
GOULDMAN - Bus Stop, THE NERVE - Satisfying Kind, THE IVEYS
- And Her Daddy's a Millionaire, CAT STEVENS - A Bad Night,
LOCOMOTIVE - Roll Over Mary, AMEN CORNER - Run Run Run, THE
ALAN BOWN! - Technicoloured Dream, KIPPINGTON LODGE - Shy Boy,
TONY HAZZARD - Fade Away Maureen.
subtitle to this collection may just be the most accurate description
of a compilation's contents ever. Being comprised of alternative
pop, tinged (sometimes heavily infected), with baroque string
orchestrations, horn led pop soul inflections, and (here and
there) wobbly phasing.
Pop In 1 is a class act throughout. There are a few cuts that
will probably be familiar (e.g. Grapefruit, Warm Sounds, The
Herd, The Nerve, The Alan Bown! and Kippington Lodge) but even
so in some instances (e.g. Grapefruit, The Herd), taken from
the 45s, the versions presented here run slightly differently
to previously comped versions.
That apart, this is overwhelmingly a delightful cornucopia of
new finds comprised of obscure B and sank-without-a-trace A
sides, plus the occasional album track, principally from 1967-8.
The theme of course is pop, but there are all manner of derivations
of the genre here ranging from the delightful toy town pop of
the Graham Gouldman era Mindbenders (their final A side from
68) to the orchestrated stylings of the Mersey's take on So
Sad About Us (which predates the Who's release). Solid guitar
led pop-rock can be found in Plastic Penny's strong, moody Your
Way To Tell Me Go, The Nerve's Satisfying Kind and Dave Dee
& Co's Still Life for instance.
Lysergic, dreamy pop-psych stylings come courtesy of Wayne Fontana's
The Words of Bartholomew and The Alan Bown's Technicolour Dream
whilst baroque pop pleasers come in the form of The Bee Gees
Sir Geoffrey Saved The World, Graham Gouldman's solo take on
the Hollies Bus Stop and even a lightly prog influenced pop
ballad in Locomotive's Roll Over Mary. Additionally, there are
some real surprises such as Gerry Marsden sans Pacemakers dipping
into the pop whimsy pond with an unreleased Bee Gees number
Sydney Green and a hitherto unheard (by me anyway) Mirage track,
Mystery Lady, which
does not feature on their You Can't Be Serious CD anthology,
and which turns out to be an uncharacteristically and upbeat
bubblegum pop pleaser.
quirkiness of such tracks as the excellent and elusive B side
to the Ivey's only UK 45 'And Her Daddy's A Millionaire' and
you have a pallet as varied and appealing as you could wish
for within the late 60s pop underground.
For 60s pop and pop-psych fans of all hues, this is a must!
is available through firstname.lastname@example.org
by PM - January 2003
Sire SASH 3716
Electric Prunes-I had Too Much To Dream Last Night, The Standells-Dirty
Water, The Strangeloves-Night Time, The Knickerbockers-Lies,
The Vagrants-Respect, Mouse-A Public Execution, The Blues
Project-No Time Like The Right Time, The Shadows Of Knight-Oh
Yeah, The Seeds-Pushin Too Hard, The Leaves-Hey Joe,
Michael and The Messengers-Just Like Romeo and Juliet, The
Cryan Shames-Sugar and Spice, The Amboy Dukes-Baby Please
Dont Go, The Blues Magoos-Tobacco Road, Chocolate Watch
Band-Lets Talk About Girls, The Mojo Men-Sit Down I
Think I Love You, The Third Rail-Run Run Run, Sagittarius-My
World Fell Down, Nazz-Open My Eyes, The Premiers-Farmer John,
The Magic Mushrooms-Its A Happening.
mother of all psych/garage compilation LPs, Lenny Kaye
you dont know what you started!!!. The first and some
say the best, these Nuggets truly are golden. TBC
Hits from The 60's
Cascade DROP 1007
Music Machine-Talk Talk, Naz Nomad and The Nightmares-I had
Too Much To dream Last Night, Charles Christy and The Crystals-For
Your Love, Jades Of Fort Worth-Sha La La La Lee, The Milkshakes-I
Wanna Be Your Man, The Barbarians-Are You A Boy Or Are You
A Girl?, The Bananmen-Surfin Bird, The Radiators From
Space-Try And Stop Me, Charles Christy and The Crystals-In
My Room, The Bishops-I Want Candy, Clapham South Escalators-Get
Me To The World On Time, The Jades Of Fort Worth-Dont
Bring Me Down, The Count Bishops-Sometimes Good Guys Dont
Wear White, Music Machine-96 tears, The Sting Rays-You Got
A Hard Time Comin, Ian Whitcomb-You Turn Me On, The
Bishops-I Take What I Want, The Jades Of Fort Worth-Little
Girl, The Baloon Farm-A Question Of Tempereature, The Cannibals-Come
See Me (Im Your Man).
cunningly packaged album, looking like just another
cheesy 60s compilation but look closer and you
will see a collection of classic tunes, some by original bands,
others by certain London bands going under cool pseudonyms.............buy
it, its VERY good
Colours Of Darkness
Bam Caruso KIRI 051
- Living A Lie, Sharon Tandy and Fleur de Lys - Hold On, Eyes
Of Blue - Prodigal Son, Jason Crest - Here We Go Round The
Lemon Tree, Rick Price and Sheridan - Lamp Lighter Man, Jigsaw
- Tumblin', Skip Bifferty - On Love, Methuselah - High In
The Tower Of Coombe, Norman Conquest - Upside Down, Jason
Crest - A Place In The Sun, Dantalion's Chariot - The Madman
Running Through The Fields, Sharon Tandy and Fleur de Lys
- Daughter Of The Moon, Mashmakhan - Days When We Are Free,
Mike Stuart Span - Children Of Tomorrow, Serendipity - I'm
Flying, Second Hand - The World Will End Yesterday.
is number 8 in the rubble series and as far as Im concerned
this is the best Ive heard so far.
Side one of the album:
It kicks of with the band Yellow who made only one single
for CBS, and this track is from the B-side, living a
lie is a stormy rocker, with heavy guitar textures
and some progressive leanings. Its from 1970. Next were
up for Sharon Tandy and Fleur de Lys with Hold on,
which features some great acid guitar and vocals from Sharon,
great stuff. Its from 1968. Next is the Eyes of Blue
with keyboard man Phil Ryan, later of Man(!) and Neutrons(!)
fame. This is Fantastic stuff, it starts out as a pop/R&B
song, with a walking bass-line and transforms in some killer
eastern guitar and organ workouts. Play this loud! They made
two albums. Then we get a cover of Here we go around
the lemon tree (originally by the Move) by Jason Crest,
which is not really my bag, although I love their sound, and
its definitely better than the original. Its from
1968.( Listen to the song Black mass on rubble
4 by these same guys its a frightening psychedelic mass,
with backwards bits and tricks! I love that one!!!!) OK, back
to rubble 8! Rick price & Sheridan perform their lamp
lighter man , and is taken from their album This
is to certify that which is from 1970.
Time for Jigsaw with Tumblin a kind of psychy
pop song with some phasing in the refrain, nice but not essential.
Next is Skip Biffety with love is, which is great
stuff. Its a kind of psychedelic hard rocker with great
charm and a very memorable guitar riff. Its the A-side
of their first single. Its from 1967
Methusalah made two albums only one was released, from which
this song high in the tower of coombe was taken.
Its a kind of folky tune with psychedelic leanings.
Its from 1969.
two of the album:
We kick of with Norman Conquests upside down,
the b-side of their only single, they later became Peter and
It has a typical 1967 feel and has its charm, probably nice
to hear once a year.
Jason crest are looking for a place in the sunon
this one, with some great vocals, and good use of the mellotron.
(Its the B-side of their black mass single!)
Its from 1969.
Love the next one, Dantalions Chariot with the
madman running through the fields with backwards drumming
in places, eastern sounding melodies, a little bit of flute,
and a great vocal melody, with Andy Somers on guitar. Its
from 1967. Here they are again Sharon Tandy, and Fleur de
Lys with daughter of the sun. Sharon Tandy was
a South African singer who the Fleur de Lys backed on studio
and live work. According to the sleeve its called daughter
of the moon but that doesnt spoils the musical
fun on this one, my favourite track, although I think I got
a different mix of the same song some where on a various artists
album.( I ll have to look that up, though) its
Next, from Canada is Mashmakhan with days when we are
free, I love this one, its got a real summer vibe
to it, Groovy piano playing great guitar work with some catchy
solos, and some nice harmony vocals, play loud!!!.
From Brighton the Mike Stuart Span are kicking of with children
of the tomorrow which is a real psychedelic guitar acid-fest.
Great stuff ! Its from 1968. . Next, Serendipity, they
made only two singles which are quite collectable , Im
flying is quite forgettable to my ears. Its from
The last song on the album is by Second Hand with the
world will end yesterday and is taken from there first
album (Masterpiece!!!!!)(And dont forget there second
album Death may be your Santa Claus, with a slightly
different line-up) a great way to end this album in a truly
Play very loud!!!
by Joël van Roode (Feed your head with music!) - June
Pretty - Mustache In Your Face, Raw Meat - Stand By Girl,
Cerebrum - Eagle Death, Gold - Favours From The Sun, Shy Guys
- Black Lightening Light, The Living End - Sheep.
? - Purple Haze, Purple Canteen - Brains In My Feet, Groundspeed
- In A Dream, Graffiti - He's Got The Knack, The Village S.T.O.P.
- Vibration, Johnny Thompson Quintet - Color Me Columbus.
compilation album graced with American psych. Great cover
too! On the back of the sleeve we find all sorts of LSD paper-trips.
A of the album:
We kick of with Pretty and their Mustache in your face,
its a Hammond driven rocker with some tight progressive
parts in places and some killer guitar work. Good one, play
loud! Next is Raw Meat with Stand by girl. This
great raw proggy psych, say no more. Cerebrum perform their
Eagle Death and is a kind of psychedelic blues
adventure with fuzzy guitar riffs, harmonica and treated vocals,
and pretty aimless guitar solos, and goes nowhere, musically.
Still its great fun! Gold plays a kind a high energy
rock with their Favours from the sun filled with
impressive guitar work. I think its from the early seventies
and does not really fit well on this compilation album, but
than again if you hear the guitar solos and the emotional
baggage of the singer in the middle section of the song, youre
a satisfied listener. Next were up for the Shy Guys
with Black lightning light. This is pretty cool stuff
with lots of fuzz guitar and great vocals and has a great
middle section with pumping bass lines, drums and guitar.
Play loud. We close this side of the album with the Living
End with Sheep. Whats there to say. Mind
blowing stuff. Play loud!
B of the album:
Here a pretty demented acid version of the Hendrix classic
Purple Haze preformed by an unknown band. Its
not the perfect cover of the song, but they are really having
fun .There are some great parts with treated vocals through
Leslie speakers and some cool sound effects. Next is the Purple
Canteen with Brains in my feet. It starts with
a pretty fuzz-laden guitar melody. A kind of one chord musical
wonder. Its from 1967.
Next is Groundspeed with In a dream . They only
made one single in 1968. It sounds more English than American
and has a psychedelic/progressive feel to it. It has strong
vocals, upfront organ work and great guitar work too. My personal
favourite .Play loud!
Next were up for Graffiti and their Hes
got the knack which is mainly a fast and fuzzy instrumental
with a memorable melody line, that keeps sticking in your
head after playing it only once. Its that good. Play
They made a self-titled album on ABC-records. I think its
one of most underrated psych albums to come out of America.
Investigate with your ears! The Village S.T.O.P. perform their
Vibration for us. Its a freaky played
acid-drenched uh, song?! Its full of wah-wah guitar
and treated vocals and some demented acid-guitar. The sound
To close the album Johnny Thompson quintet perform their Color
me Columbus This is great stuff, mean vocals, impossible
guitar playing, farfisa organ, flute and the whole lot. A
pretty psychedelic way to end this record in style! Play loud!!!
by Joël van Roode - June 2002
Volume Four: The Great Rameses In His Egyptian Temple Of Mysteries
Tiny Alice Records TA004
Tales of Justine - Sitting on a bluestone, Difference - Sweet
sounds everywhere, Nimrod - Dont let it get the best
of you, Blue Effect - Sun is so bright, The Scene - Scenes(from
another world), White Trash - Illusions, Unknown group - Out
of my mind (over you)
Flames - Mod trad, Nasville Teens - Im a lonely one,
Mirage - I see the rain, Matadors - Dont bother me,
Unknown group - Mr.Paradise, George Beam - Floatin,
Majority - Time machine man
strange compilation album graced with psychy tunes from all
over the world. It has a nice informative booklet too. The
album was pressed in Italy.
A of the album:
So here we go! We kick of with Tales of Justine doing their
Sitting on a bluestone. Its starts with
an eastern sounding melody, than a hypnotic like vocal part
comes in, this is all filled in with some eastern guitar licks
and solos. They made a rare single Albert/Monday
morning on the HMV label in 1967. Produced by Tim Rice
and Andrew Lloyd-Weber. Good one! But what the hell is a bluestone?
Its from 1967. The Difference with Sweet sounds
everywhere were a highly regarded Norwegian pop band
of long standing- mid 60 through the 70s and are
known cause John peel played this song on a 1968 Top-gear
session. Here they try to enter the world of psychedelia,
and definitely has its charm. Good one too.
Next is Nimrod with Dont let it get the best of
you Its the B-side of their Bird 45. This
is powerful stuff in contrast to the lalala section in the
refrain, a nice slice of UK psychedelia.
The Blue Effect perform their Sun is so bright.
Theyre from Czechoslovakia. It could be recorded in
a basement some where is the states at around 1967-1968 but
its not, its from 1970.Its a nice psychy
rocker with some progressive leanings. Good one.
Next is the Scene with Scenes from another world.
The liner notes state that they were an Australian band judged
by the disc. It is a catchy pop-song, with some brass and
it has a hazy dreamy feel to it. Nice but not essential.
Next is White Trash a.k.a Trash with Illusions.
Its the flip of their Road to nowhere. Good
stuff !!! Great song, it starts out as a good song with some
good vocal parts especially in the refrain and some good guitar
playing through out. Then they start to build this psychedelic
pattern with their instruments, listen how the song develops
into some ghostly sounding vocal parts and intense guitar
.Play loud!!! Its from 1969.
We end this side with Out of my mind (over you)
performed by an unknown band.
The sound quality of this one is really bad, as if the record
itself falls apart, but is saved for eternity on this compilation.
A good psychedelic/progressive guitar work-out. Play this
one very loud if you want to enjoy it with some power.
B of the album:
We kick of with the Flames and their Mod trad.
Its a slowly build up eastern like instrumental build
around two chords.. Not convincing to my ears. It was
released on the Equator label distributed by Decca.
The Nashville Teens perform Im a lonely one
for us. Its taken from a budget album
released in 1972. A well documented band, so
Ill say no more.
The Mirage perform some great psychy quality pop for us with
I see the rain. Nice one.
Next are the Matadors with Dont bother me
which is taken from the compilation album Night club
1967, They made a full album in 1968. They were from
Its a psychy fuzz laden rocker with some progressive
leanings. Play loud!
Next is Mr Paradisepreformed by an unknown group.
According to the info booklet: its a ringer for something
Skip Bifferty could have done, and may very well be them.
Next is George Beam with Floatin. Its
the B-side of his Bring back lovin single
released on CBS.. Its from 1968. Probably his only psychedelic
We end this compilation with the Majority who perform Time
machine man. The sound quality is terrible, but its
taken from an acetate so that explains a lot. A great song!
The info booklet states that: blablabla
and no doubt
the product of being locked in a room with Revolver
and told to produce something psychedelic. Im not responsible
for that quote, but it really is a good song with some memorable
Enjoy the show!
by Joël van Roode - July 2002
Peace & Poetry - Vol. 1 - American Psychedelic Music
- Shades of Blue, NEW TWEEDY BROTHERS! - Danny's Song, ARCESIA
- White Panther, VICTORIA - Ride A Rainbow, DAMON - Song of
a Gypsy, JUNGLE - Slave Ship, HUNGER - Colors, TRIZO 50 -
Graveyard, MUSIC EMPORIUM - Nam Myo Renge Kyo, BRAIN POLICE
- I'll Be On The inside, If I Can, MICHAEL ANGELO - Oceans
of Fantasy, ZERFAS - I Need It Higher, LAZY SMOKE - There
Was a Time, HICKORY WIND - Mister Man, NEW DAWN - Dark Thoughts,
SIDETRACK - Wild Eyes, PATRON SAINTS - Reflections On A Warm
of the bands featured on the Love, Peace & Poetry compilations
were one-off bands who only made one record and then went
back to flipping burgers. Some bands went on to make more
music elsewhere, but never quite made it as a career. Like
the Nuggets, Pebbles and the Rubble series, these wonderful
compilations put together the rarest records ever to be pressed,
and are easily available to the poor man who can't dish out
hundreds of dollars for a record.
These cds are not listed as volumes. But instead they're compiled
together by nationality. "American Psychedelic Music"
is the least entertaining of the five. Like typical American
psychedelia they contain
long jams containing fuzz-guitar and squealing organs. Not
much pop here, but a few stand-outs. "Mister Man"
by Hickory Wind is a lovely prayer-ballad with hilariously
outdated pleas of peace. "I'll Be On the Inside If I
Can" by the Brain Police is a neat piece of catchy pop-sike.
There are some bad
tunes, but the quality of these rarities is amazingly great.
This compilation was not rushed. There's also some short but
sweet liner notes on the bands and an odd cover series of
some sexy california model in her underwear.
by Egg Jayson Kohl @ Eggmanrulzzz.com - Music fan only, not
a pro. =) - 20th Sept 2002
Peace & Poetry - Vol. 2 - Latin American Psychedelic Music
- Trema De Pototo, LAGHONIA - Someday, TRAFFIC SOUND - I'm
So Glad, KALEIDOSCOPE - Colours, WE ALL TOGETHER - Tomorrow,
LOS GATOS - Cuando Llegue El Ano 2000, KISSING SPELL - Yellow
Moon, TRAFFIC SOUND - Virgin, ALMENDRA - Obertura, LAGHONIA
- Trouble Child, LOS MAC'S - El Evangelio De La Gente Sola,
LOS VIDRIOS QUEBRADOS - Oscar Wilde, SOM IMAGINARIO - Super-God,
LADIES W.C. - People, MODULO 1000 - Lem . Ed . Ecalg, LOS
MAC'S - Degrees, THE (ST. THOMAS) PEPPER SMELTER - Betty Boom-Little
Monster-Doggie And Peggie At The Witches Castle, DUG DUG'S
- It's Over.
American Psychedelic Music" is possibly one of the greatest
compilations available for the psychedelic music fan. It is
full of the greatest Latin American bands who never quite
made it up North in the State Unlike the American Love, Peace
& Poetry cd, these songs were taken from full length albums.
All the greatest bands from Peru, Argentina, Mexico, Chile
and Brazil (missing Os Mutantes) are here! Los Mac's, Los
Vidrios Quebrados, Almendra and the Mexican Kaleidoscope (to
add to the band name list) all made some delicious pop psychedelia.
This collection is a must-have for anyone looking for a "sample"
of Latin American psychedelia!!
by Egg Jayson Kohl @ Eggmanrulzzz.com - Music fan only, not
a pro. =) - 20th Sept 2002
Peace & Poetry - Vol 3 Asian Psychedelic Music
ROBIN & THE PLAYBOYS - Magic Colours, ERKIN KORAY - Istemem,
SAN UL LIM - It Was Probably Late Summer, JUSTIN HEATHCLIFF
- You Know What I Mean, BARIS MANCO - Derule, COMBODIAN ROCKS
- A2, THE MOPS - Blind Bird, YUYA UCHIDA & THE FLOWERS
- Greasy Heart, 3 HUR-EL - Gonul Sabreyle Sabreyle, THE FENTONES
- Simla Beat Theme, MOGOLLAR - Katip Arzvhalim Yaz Yare Boyle,
CONFUSIONS - Voice From The Inner Soul, THE QUEST - 26 Miles,
JUNG HYUN & THE MEN - Korean Titel A2.
Psychedelic Rock" is a mixture of psychedelia from Turkey,
Korea, Cambodia, India and other Asian countries....even Singapore!
Quite a mix of songs here, some are very freak-out, some very
mild and melodic. Not as exciting as volumes 2 and 4, but
definitely interesting. The Fentones psychedelic jam is the
stand-out, for those who like bizzare musicianship.
It includes one song by Japan's The Mops, who appeared on
Nuggets2 and also on volume four of this series. Great collection
of songs, though it could have been stretched out larger,
maybe one set of Turkey, one set of Cambodia would have been
better. For those who enjoy volume 4 of the Love Peace &
Poetry Cds will be pleased.
by Egg Jayson Kohl @ Eggmanrulzzz.com - Music fan only, not
a pro. =) - 20th Sept 2002
Peace & Poetry - Vol 4 Japanese Psychedelic Music
HAPPENINGS FOUR - Happenings Theme, FOODBRAIN - Liver Juice
Vending Machine, APRYL FOOL - Tomorrow's Child, SPEED, GLUE,
& SHINKI - Run and Hide, YUYA UCHIDA & THE FLOWERS
- Hidariashi No Otoko, BLUES CREATION - Brane Baster, SHINKI
CHEN - Freedom Of A Mad Paper Latern, JACKS - Gloomy Flower,
TOKEDASHITA GARASUBAKO - Kimi Ha Darenada, JUSTIN HEATHCLIFF
- You All Should Think More, SPEED, GLUE & SHINKI - Keep
it Cool, APRYL FOOL - The Mother Land (Part 1), MASAHIKO SATO
& SOUND BREAKERS - A White Dove in Disguise, KUNI KAWACHI
& FRIENDS - Kirkyogen, THE MOPS - Asamade Matenai, BEAVERS
- Koishite Aishite, THE HAPPENINGS FOUR - I Want You.
Psychedelic Music" is an insane mix of completely freak-out,
bizzare noise made by some insane musicians of the 60s! Get
ready, Apryl Fool and Foodbrain take you on a trip you'll
never forget. It will even scare you, or scar you for life.
Never has psychedelia sounded so out-of-control. From the
light melodies from the Happenings Four to the eardrum blistering
guitars from Blues Creation, this set of psychedelia will
forever numb your brain. Good luck trying to find this amazing
music anywhere else.
by Egg Jayson Kohl @ Eggmanrulzzz.com - Music fan only, not
a pro. =) - 20th Sept 2002
Peace & Poetry - Vol 5 British Psychedelic Music
DIRT - Memories, GARY WALKER & THE RAIN - Magazine Woman,
ANDWELLA'S DREAM - Felix, DARK - Maypole, DOGFEET - Now I
Know, TONY, CARO & JOHN - There Are No Greater heroes,
PUSSY - Comets, CANDIDA PAX - Reach Out, MARK FRY - Mandolin
Man, MOTHERLIGHT - On A Leadow-Lea, LIGHTYEARS AWAY (ASTRAL
NAVIGATIONS) - Yesterday, BODKIN - Three Days After Death
Pt. 1, FOREVER AMBER - The Dreamer Flies Back, OLIVER - Telephone,
PARAMETER - Harvington Hall.
Psychedelic Music" is a nice compilation of hard-to-find
British pop-sike classics. Not as rare as the other volumes,
but a nice collection of better known (maybe?) bands like
Pussy, Adwella's Dream, Oliver and Forever Amber. Not the
easiest songs to find from these artists, though. It's worth
having to complete the set and of course for the wonderful
songs like "Felix" by Andwella's Dream, "On
a Meadow-Lea" by Motherlight, and the insane theremin
soaked nightmare "Comets" by Pussy. Overall....Love,
Peace & Poetry is a great set to fulfill the traveling
ears of Pebbles and Rubble
fans. Now, we'll just have to wait for a volume 6.
by Egg Jayson Kohl @ Eggmanrulzzz.com - Music fan only, not
a pro. =) - 20th Sept 2002
League of Telepathic Explorers
Free City Media FRCD003
Poppers - Magic Luxury, Nick Benson - Never Coming Down, The
Bevis Frond - Being You, Bitter Little Cider Apples - Crocodile
Head, Thebrotheregg - Mercury Retrograde, Dipsomaniacs - How
To Fall, Dunlavy - The Guest, Lucky Bishops - Silent Car,
Lucky Bishops - Animal Kingdom, Mandra Gora Lightshow Society
- Horse Race On a Rollercoaster, The Minders - Someday Soon,
Motorpsycho - Go To California, Photon Band - Magic Lantern
(Triviality), Polar Arc - The Bride Of Completion, The Sand
Pebbles - My Sensation, Adrian Shaw - Symbiosis (remix), 33
Tiger Infinity - Everything Is Everything..
compilation release from San Francisco's Free City Media as
a benefit for their online magazine and label, featuring relatively
global coverage from a selection of independant contemporary
What you get for your cash is 17 tracks from 16 bands, some
of which are established names and others are talented up
and coming newcomers. From Australia, The Sand Pebbles with
a track from their forthcoming album on Camera Obscura. From
England a previously unreleased track from Bevis Frond, Bitter
Little Cider Apples with a track from their forthcoming debut
album, The Lucky Bishops with 2 previously unreleased tracks
and Woronzow head honcho Adrian Shaw with a remixed track
from the Head Cleaner album. From Germany comes the mushroom
chomping trip meisters Mandra Gora Lightshow Society, Norway
is represented by Motorpsycho with an alternate verion of
an album track, Pooterland faves Dipsomaniacs with an unreleased
track and Aquarium Poppers with a tune from last year's Recomander
Tunes EP. Four American bands, thebrotheregg (unreleased),
Dunlavy (unreleased), The Photon Band (unreleased) and The
Minders (unreleased). Finally there are three bands on the
Free City Media label itself, namely Nick Benson, Polar Arc
and 33 Tiger Infinity all with previously unreleased tracks.
If you play this end to end it does come off very well and
there are some superb tracks here, Dispomaniacs goes without
saying (but I am biased) and The Lucky Bishops endearing brand
of psycho pop and the one that realy got me was Dunlavy, way
too short but what a killer track! That's a band I shall be
digging around for more material from. Overall a fine selection
of today's independant psych talent and a worthy addition
to your collection. If you dig Giampero's Floralia comps then
this will rock you out...
this CD from Free City Media's Store:
by pOoTer - November 2002
Wheel Volume .1 - Soft Sike And Perfect Pop 1965-70
circus - do you dream, steve and stevie
- shine, chris rayburn - one way ticket, herman's hermits
- wings of love, cilla black - this is the first time, neil
macarthur - 12:29, the four kinsmen - it looks like a daybreak,
los pernikes - cerca de los estrellas, peter sarstedt
- blagged, katch 22 - there ain't no use in hanging on, vashti
- winter is blue, zen - bye bye heart, tin tin - she said
the bee gees - coke ad #1, the illusion - electric garden,
the picadilly line - how can you say (you're leaving me),
billy fury - suzanne in the mirror, cilla black - follow the
path of the stars, tony hazzard - fade away maureen, razor's
edge - don't let me catch you in his arms, claudine longet
- wanderlove, peter sarstedt - once upon an every day, dave
dee, dozy, beaky, mick and tich - shame, the ones - lady greengrass,
nick garrie - little bird, tin tin - toast and marmalade for
tea, tapestry - who wants happiness, plus mystery bonus track!
There was once (briefly) a time and
place in which 'our Cilla' sang Skip Bifferty (and made a
good job of it) and brooding pre-beat big balladeer Billy
Fury hopped on board the swinging sixties pop train and came
off rather well and even Herman's Hermits could peddle pop
with lysergic inflections.
Spinning Wheel vol.1 is a veritable cornucopia of pop styles
that has something for everyone. Pop psyche is served in the
form of set opener Circus, replete with seagulls at either
end; Australia's Steve & Stevie (soon to reinvent themselves
as Tin-Tin) have strong pop
psychcability and The Illusive Dream come across like 'The
End' a la Introspection. On the more conventional (and equally
enjoyable) orchestrated pop side of things, Chris Rayburn
and Cilla Black's first offering 'This Is The First Time'
have a swinging London sensibility. Peter Sarstedt surprisingly
delivers the goods in two cuts from his first album; 'Blagged'
is classic story telling pop ballad opus about sexual usury
(ooh-er) whilst Once Upon An Every Day is a tasty piece of
period pop with good hooks. The Four Kinsmen and Spain's Los
Pekenikes have a strong west coast feel and The Razor's Edge
(who sound very English and are therefore unlikely to be the
American group of that name) come across with a strong harmony
pop number big on orchestration and straying into Spectre-esque
territory. Tin-Tin present a really cool, heavy pop fuzz winner
in She Said Ride, and in their second offering 'Toast And
Marmalade For Tea' are as whimsical as Peter and Gordon on
wacky backy! Dutch
band Zen are always cool - go get their new anthology on Rotation
- and Colin Blunstone could sing ding don dell, pussy's in
the well (but doesn't here!) and still come up trumps with
that breathy voice of his.
Longet's contribution is a slinky, silky pop confection inflected
with sitar, very much in the style of France Gall's '1968'
album; sophisticated and modestly understated. May one say
of Dave Dee & Co. 'killer'? This almost is; displaying
a fine period pop tune with strong
psyche overtones on the chorus. Germany's The Ones are well
known from previous comps, and their Lady Greengrass has an
almost Arnold Lane feel in parts. Nick Garrie's Little Bird
(from his only album) is a chirpy, chiming poppet of a song
and Tapestry offer us off-centre organ driven prog pop with
a funky edge! The mystery track is a floaty, breezy, pastoral
string driven blues chaser and ends the set very nicely.
is a delightful collection for those looking for something
softer on the ear to lend a little shade, but with a credible
focus on almost entirely previously uncomped sixties pop gems
that make you want to dig deeper.
All that remains to be said is: 'please sir, can I have some
by PM - March 2003
Sounds For Gentle People: Far-Out and Beautiful Tracks From
and Beyond - 1966-1971
Moonpark Introspection - I Think I'll
Just And Find Me A Flower, The Avant Garde - Naturally Stoned,
Jim & Dale - Past The State of Mind, The Stained Glass
- My Buddy Sin, The Pleasure Fair - Today, Hyle King Movement
- Flower Smile, Brigadune - I'll Cry Out From My Grave (God
I'm Sorry), The Deep Six - C'Mon Baby (Blow Your Mind), Paper
Sleepy Hollow People, Serendipity Singers - Love Is A State
of Mind, Thorinshield - Brave New World, Lewis & Clark
Expedition - Blue Revelations, Marcus - Grains of Sand, Stone
Country - Mantra, The Parade - ACDC, Rich Kids - Plastic Flowers,
Peppermint Trolley Company - 9 'O Clock Business Man, Harper
& Rowe - Here Comes Yesterday Again, The Fun And Games
- It Must Have Been The Wind, Fireballs - Groovy Motions,
Underground Sunshine - Take Me, Break Me, Fargo - Cross With
No Name, Appletree Theatre - You're the Biggest Thing In My
This one's for all us snow-bound Brits,
something to warm our chapped extremities in the face of the
vicious wind chill of this hostile time of year. Those who
swooned at volumes two & three of Fading Yellow or have
a strong preference for all things Usher & Boettcher and
any or everything on the (increasingly) cult Rev-Ola label,
will want to possess this little beauty as soon as they can.
The CD's title pretty much encapsulates the contents. This
is predominantly west coast Americana of the late 60s with
all the expected references (laid back American folk roots,
delightful harmony singing, pretty arrangements and light
Additionally and importantly however, all the hallmarks of
quality are here:
very few of these sides (mainly 45s) have been reissued (only
Lewis & Clark's 'Blue Revelation' was previously known
to me); hidden gems on b-sides are plentiful, liner notes
which give the information you want occupy the whole of the
insert and there is a thematic integrity and attention to
detail which screams 'for fans by fans'. There are 23 lovingly
curated pieces in this display and I do not count a duffer
anywhere amongst them. Each one is worthwhile, but those which
stand out to my ears include Jim & Dale's 'Past The State
of Mind', The Deep Six's 'C'mon Baby (Blow Your Mind)', The
Serendipity Singers' 'Love Is a State Of Mind' (especially
for all you Eternity's Children fans), Stone Country's 'Mantra',
The Fun & Games' 'It Must Have Been The Wind', Harper
& Rowe's 'Here Comes Yesterday Again' and Fargo's 'Cross
With No Name'. If you want to start '03 with a big
smile on your face, grab this baby now, it'll do a whole lot
more than a cup of Ovaltine to keep you warm!
by PM - March 2003
Yellow Vol. 1 - Timeless Pop-Sike & Other Delights 1965-1969
Flower Machine Records
Kate- Strange Girl, Dean Ford &
The Gaylords-That Lonely Felling, Eddy Howell-Easy Street,
Mike Batt-Fading Yellow, Steff Sulke-Oh What A Lovely day,
John Williams-Flowers in Your Hair, The Zephyrs-I Just Cant
Take It, Jon-Is It Love?, Koobas-Woe Is Love My Dear, The
Orange Bicycle-Competition, The Gremlins-The Only Thing On
My Mind, Quintin E. Klopjaeger & The Gonks-The Long Way
Home, Sun Dragon-Far Away Mountain, Juan & Junior-Andurina,
Hamlet-She Wont See The Light, Paul & Barry Ryan-Madrigal,
Phil Cordell-Red Lady, Ronnie Bird-Sad Soul, Ronnie Bird-Raining
In The City, Elliots Sunshine-Cos Im Lonely, Peter
Janes-Do You Believe (Love Is Built On A Dream), The Bliss-Lifetime,
The Jackpots-King Of The World, Members Of Time-Dreamin,
Aerovons-World Of You.
Assembled herein on Fading Yellows
first volume of Timeless Pop-Sike is an esoteric
collection of the slushier side of psychedelia. In fact, Im
not even sure if some of these songs can even be thrown into
the psych genre. The artists are for the most part long forgotten.
Yes, of course there are some heavyweights here, bands such
as the Koobas who released a rare but mighty fine album back
in 69, Dean Ford in his pre-Marmalade days, and even
Kate who can boast an ex-Pretty Thing (Viv Prince) as one
of its members. Perhaps however, the artist that best sums
up this collection of lounge-psych acts is Mr. Mike Batt.
At first glance his CV reads impressive enough, he produced
the Groundhogs first album, he also helped form Hapshash and
The Coloured Coat. However, on further inspection this is
also THE Mike Batt who inflicted the Wombles on to an unsuspecting
nation. To me that says it all. At its very core this is mainstream
pop flirting on the edges of psychedelia.
Tight harmonies exist throughout most of the tracks, and it
is heavily orchestrated in places. But the reality is this
is a collection of undistinguished songs that at its best
is quasi-psychedelic. On this first volume most of the bands
or artists hail from the UK, and there is also a couple from
Europe and one American act. If you love this sort of thing,
then you will no doubt salute Fading Yellow for releasing
these rare tracks, however dont expect some long lost
psychedelic classic amongst these grooves. This is more easy
listening then acid freak-out.
Fans of this sort of thing will delight in knowing that there
is plenty more to come, in fact as I write Fading Yellow has
released Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 which focuses mainly on obscure
by: BlueMagoo - April 2003
Oil Emulsion Slyde vs. The Fairy Feller's
Master Stroke - Hens Teeth Volume 1
Hens Teeth HEN01 CD
David - Light Of Your Mind, The Matadors
- Get Down From The Tree, Alan Avon & The Toyshop - A
Night To Remember, Svensk - Getting Old, Junior's Eyes - Black
Snake, Enough's Enough - Please Remember, The State Of Mickey
& Tommy - I Know What I Would Do, The Blue Jeans - Sandfly,
Giorgio & Marco's Men - Baby I Need You, The Hi-Fi's -
Tread Softly For The Sleepers, Gibsons - City Life, The Kinetic
- Suddenly Tomorrow, Glass Opening - Does It Really Matter?,
Freedom - Trying To Get A Glimpse Of You, Edwick Rumbold -
Boggle Woggle, Wheels Of Time - 1984, Virgin Sleep - Halliford
House, Mandrake - Sunlight Glide, The Executives - Moving
In A Circle, John Carter & Russ Alquist - The Laughing
Man, The Favourite Sons - Walking Walking Walking, Tangerine
Peel - Trapped, Motivation - Little Man, The Tickle - Good
Evening, Enough's Enough - Look Around You Baby, Kirkbys -
It's A Crime.
Blocked! Rare Beat & Psych - Hens Teeth Vol 2
Hens Teeth HEN 02CD
Neil Christian's Crusaders - I Like
It, The King-Pins - Maybe Sometime, unknown - Can't Stop The
Want I Got For You Babe, The Exiles - Love In The Making,
unknown - You'd Better Get Going, One In A Million - No Smokes,
The King-Pins - You're My Girl, unknown - To Be With You,
The Wheels - I'm Leaving, The Four Aces - Why Do You, John
Lee's Groundhogs - Someone To Love, The Partisans - All Night
Worker, Spectres - The Facts Of Life, unknown - Nonsense And
Misery, The King-Pins - Baby I Need, The Craig - Dancing Down
In New Orleans, Sonic Invasion - Go Out And Get Her, unknown
- I'm Gonna Have My Fun, The Prophets - My Little Girl, The
Disturbance - Apple Crumble, unknown - (I Am) The Letterman,
Sons Of Man - On Love, unknown - McDougal Street Freak Out.
Colour Me Pop Vol.2
The Mirror - Gingerbread Man / Jigsaw - Lollipop And Goody
Man / The Mindbenders - The Man Who Loved Trees / Double Feature
- Just Another Lonely Night / Jackie Lomax - One Minute Woman
/ Sounds Around - Red, White And You / The Gods - Baby's Rich
/ JohnBromley - Melody Fayre / The Twilights - What's Wrong
With the Way I Live / Circus - Sink Or Swim / Simon Dupree
& The Big Sound - Day Time, Night Time / The Herd - I
Can Fly / Graham Gouldman - Upstairs Downstairs / Katch 22
- While We're Still Friends / The Bunch - Birthday / Happy
Magazine - Who belongs To You / The Young Idea - Room With
A View / Manfred Man - Machines / The Snappers - Upside Down,
Inside Out / Kippington Lidge - Tomorrow Today / Crocheted
Doughnut Ring - Maxine's Parlour / Grapefruit - Round Going
Round / The Elastic Band - Think of You Baby / The Nite People
- Weird And Fubnny / The Onyx - Time Off / Steve & Stevie
More poptasitc dancefloor fillers on
Vol.2 of this must-have series. Blue-eyed club-soulful pounders
and toy-town pop pleasers abound on this comp in equal measure.
There are some beautiful finds such as The Mindbenders 'The
Man Who Loved Trees', The Elastic Band's 'Think Of You Baby',
The Mirror's 'Gingerbread Man' and Jigsaw's soulful 'Lollipop
And Goody Man' amongst them. I've had the Snappers 'Upside
Down, Inside Out' on a DVD of 'Beat Club' for some time, but
now I can add the actual 45 for CD enjoyment, a great pop
pleaser. Graham Gouldman never fails to please and his 'Upstairs,
Downstairs' is as good as he gets, with a tale of a shy boy
and girl. Manfred Man's 1966 'Machines' is a great find, and
sounds a year ahead of its time, pop with oncoming sike. Jackie
Lomax's take on the Gibb Brothers 'One Minute Woman' is a
nicely spirited version as is blue-eyed soulsters Double Feature's
'Just Another Lonely Night'.
'Sink or Swim' has a certain Alan Bown-ishness about it which
is very pleasant. John Pantry surfaces in Sounds Around's
'Red White And Blue' which manages to be both toy-town whimsy
and power pop at the same time! He turns up again in The Bunch's
'Birthday' another winner. Young Idea's 'Room With A View'
is a lovely example of the many vocal duo's of the time (check
out their sole LP on MFP in the UK if you like this, the whole
album is excellent pop).
if you have a disposition for the classier pop side of the
sixties, you can't afford to be without this comp. Colourfully
packaged and presented, it is a jewel of collection where
the compiler has paid attention to not duplicating what's
already out there. From the same label that brings you the
Jagged Time Lapse series (Vol.5 of which is just a couple
of months away), Flashback Productions is a hallmark of collector
comp quality, this should be doing heavy rotation on your
by Paul Martin - August 2003
Spinning Wheel Vol.2 : Paisley Pop Perfection 1966-72
Nick Garrie - The Nightmare Of JB Stanislas / Mortimer - Dedicated
Music Man / Adam Faith - Cowman Milk Your Cow / Boudewin De
Groot - Beautiful Butterfly / Peter Sarstedt - Frozen Orange
Juice / 14 - Drizzle / The Kinks - Lavender Hill / Los Iberos
- Why Can't We Be Friends / Steve & Stevie - She's Getting
Married / Markley - Booker T And His Electric Shock / The Bee
Gees - Nobody's Someone / Pic Nic - Callate Nina / David - Please
mr Policeman / Tages - Miss McBaren / Herman's Hermits - London
Look / The Poppy Family - Beyond The Clouds / Tin Tin - Tomorrow
Today / Sandy Coast - Goodbye Don't Cry / Adam Faith - Cheryl's
Going Home / Claudine Longet - Both Sides Now / Wolfe - Us /
Los Angeles - Monica.
Wow! This gets the award for most tasteful CD cover art - EVER!
An absolute stunner of appropriated art nouveau, so beautiful,
you'll almost forget to play the disc inside! And that would
be a shame as there are some rare beauties of the aural kind
contained within. Nick Garrie kicks us off with the Fading Yellow
friendly title track from his 'Nightmare Of J B Stanislas' album,
a real string laden floater, all ethereal and a fine way to
begin. Mortimer insists that 'music is all I want' in his self-explanatory
'Dedicated Music Man', a strident period pop throbber. Adam
Faith (stop giggling at the back) turns up trumps with two corkers.
Firstly, 'Cowman Milk Your Cow', a Brothers Gibb composition,
unrecorded by them and barely noticed by the public when Faith
recorded it in '67 - 'cowman milk your cow, keep away from the
dark side...' ooh-err, this was a decade before Darth Vadar
as well! And secondly, in the sublime 'Cheryl's Going Home',
a dramatic Bob Lind penned ballad from '66 which is a jewel
of an observational piece. Dutch Donavan-a-like troubadour,
Boudewijn de Groot's 'Beautiful Butterfly' and Peter Sarstedt's
'Frozen Orange Juice' sound like Parts 1 & 2 of the same
song, pop-folk pacer opener followed by strings and harpsichord
named Swedish band 14 provide us with 'Drizzle', a paisley
pop pleaser with phased instrumentation which would also suit
the Colour Me Pop series. A lesser known Kinks number (are
there still such things??) 'Lavender Hill', plays vaguely
along the lines of 'Waterloo Sunset' with brother Ray (Davis
that is) singing against a more lysergic sound bedding than
normal all very bendy and wobbly stuff, very nice indeed!
Spaniards Los Iberos present a lovely harmony pop number featuring
high-end reaching bass lines, strings and ambience, sigh!
Steve & Stevie's 'She's Getting Married' is an essentially
acoustic guitar rhythmed dual vocal with overlaid strings.
Markley's Booker T and His Electric Shock could have been
written for the film 'One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest'. Seems
to be an observational narrative on various unsound of mind
characters in the local loony bin, revolving around said Booker
T's EST treatment. This is however, all sung to a very 'jolly'
upbeat tune which is perhaps even more disturbing!
'Nobody's Someone' is a nice and well known enough piece of
Gibb pop whilst Pic Nic were apparently the Spanish equivalent
of the Seekers, here at least, in folk-pop mode with a rather
limited sounding female vocal (see also Claudine Longet!)
with a vague bossa undertow. David's 'Please Mr Policeman'
is one of the standouts on this set, a hitherto uncomped B
side, it's a hammond led swinging London beater, you'll be
hitting the repeat button on this one a lot! Tages Miss McBaren
is of the high quality we would now expect of this excellent
Swedish group, cool, hazy pop with a harmony chorus. Herman's
Hermits with 'London Look' offer a vista of the capitol's
cityscape (think The Gibbson's 'City Life'). A much prettier
and hipper tune than all of their earlier work put together
(check out their final album 'Blaze' from '67, now on Repertoire
CD with bonus cuts for more of the same).
Family were Terry 'Seasons is The Sun' Jacks (but this predates
that considerably thank God!) and his wife Susan. A real stunner
(Susan and the song actually!), coming on like Karen Carpenter's
turned on sister, 'Beyond The Clouds' is just one of many
similar beauties you can find handily anthologised on the
Poppy Family's 'A Good Thing Lost' CD, if you like this cut,
you'll love the rest, sublime. Tin-Tin's 'Tomorrow Today'
is ok, but you don't need a whole Astral Taxi's worth (their
second and final album from which this is culled). This is
a better track from a slow and unmemorable LP, stick to their
first eponymously titled album for better quality. Dutch poppers
Sandy Coast's 'Goodbye Don't Cry' is on eof their catchy early
45s, all of which can be had on the recently compiled 10"
album 'Subjects Of Our Thoughts: Relax singles 1965-67'. Claudine
Longet (see my review of her recently issued 1970-74 recordings
in June's reviews on www.shindig-magazine.com) has not so
much a vocal range as a vocal block. A pretty enough reading
of an overly popular song of the time (as many of her covers
were), it's light as a bubble and just as transparent, pleasant
but forgettable. Wolfe (aka John Pantry) produced a whole
album in 1972, unissued in the UK from which 'Us' is taken,
here a typical Pantry vocal and piano dominated number, all
good pop fans should own some Pantry, that's for sure. Spanish
band Los Angeles serve up their homeland hit from '72 in 'Monica'.
All floaty and inoffensive if somewhat over sweetened, a bit
like the 'before the lights go off at the cinema' type of
music, pleasant but perhaps a tad over stretched. Lastly,
there is a bonus mystery track of a group of God botherers
extolling their convictions against a mandolin driven piece
of agreeable minstrelism. The male chorus sounds uncannily
like the Bee Gees even if isn't!
a fab foray through the pop sensibilities of a bygone age
which as a package comes across as deeply caring and desireable.
If you dug Volume 1, you will want this as well. If nothing
else, you'll just love looking at it!
- August 2003