Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Great British Psychedelic Trip, Vol. 1- 1966-1969

Βρήκα λίγο παραπάνω χρόνο να ασχοληθώ σήμερα χωρίς να με «τρέχουν», οπότε ακόμα μία καλή συλλογή έχουμε εδώ με Βρετανικό περιεχόμενο που κυκλοφόρησε στην πατρίδα μας πριν 20 χρόνια από την See For Miles Records. Η μία από τις τρεις και ενώ είχαν προηγηθεί άλλες 4 σε βινύλια τις οποίες δεν είχα δει ποτέ. Βρήκα και αγόρασα και το Volume 2 το οποίο δεν μου άρεσε όπως το 1. Το Volume 2 είναι ουσιαστικά το βινύλιο του The British Psychedelic Trip, Vol.4 1965-1970 με κάποια bonus tracks.
Συνιστώ να κατεβάσετε το Volume 1, αφού κατά την άποψή μου είναι μία πολύ καλή συλλογή που αξίζει έστω και να ακούσετε.

Even though these artists might not have made an impact equal to that of The Who, The Small Faces or Love and the 13th Floor Elevators, they certainly were kindred spirits in a sonic sense. While there is nary a dud amongst the 26 tracks on this compilation, there are a few most exceptional works worthy of revisitation. Most notably are the Californians cover of Warren Zevon's "Follow Me" -- which he recorded with Tule Livingston under the guise of Lyme & Cybelle. This rendering is an inspired harpsichord-driven and tambourine tapping masterpiece and would have been the ultimate vehicle for The Monkees. "Red Sky At Night" -- not to be confused with a similarly titled song by the Fixx -- is among the heavier pieces on this volume. With the noir aura of King Crimson and ravaged fretwork reminiscent of Black Sabbath, The Accents unleash a track that pre-dates heavy metal by nearly two years.

There are also a few early appearances from artists who would later go on to more notable things. If the song title "Baked Jam Roll In Your Eye" sounds extraordinary enough to have been a Rutles parody, the reality is that the band Timebox was a seminal stomping ground for both Pete "Ollie" Halsall(bass) and John Halsey (drums) -- who co-wrote the track. Despite the absurd name, this up-tempo performance contains a Halsey-led rhythm akin to something Dave Clark might have been able to pull off. The track "Shades Of Orange" was co-composed by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman during the brief period that he managed The End -- a project taken on at the urging of Stones producer Glyn Johns. Indeed, the song sounds steeped in the Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request, because, according to Dinnes Cruickshank's fascinating liner notes essay, it was worked up as the band was preparing that album. It has also appeared on numerous bootlegs as a ‘lost' Rolling Stones piece. Tragically, The Great British Psychedelic Trip series has been out of print since the mid ‘90s. A scouring of used CD bins has been known to produce copies, presumably picked over by consumers looking for top shelf and well-known artists.
(Lindsay Planer, All Music Guide)

1. Tuquoise - "Tales of Flossie Fillett" (3:10)
2. Timebox - "Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye" (3:22)
3. Poets - "In Your Tower" (2:33)
4. 23rd Turnoff - "Leave Me Here" (2:55)
5. World of Oz - "The Muffin Man" (2:32)
6. Ice - "Anniversary" (2:08)
7. End - "Shades of Orange" (2:39)
8. Ice - "Ice Man" (2:56)
9. Paul & Ritchie & the Cryin' Shames - "Come on Back" (2:36)
10. Tintern Abbey - "Vacuum Cleaner" (3:07)
11. Virgin Sleep - "Love" (2:27)
12. Turqoise - "Saynia" (2:56)
13. Toby Twirl - "Romeo and Juliet" (2:56)
14. Amazing Friendly Apple - "Magician" (3:25)
15. Tintern Abbey - "Beeside" (3:25)
16. Flies - "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" (2:39)
17. Accent - "Red Sky at Night" (3:15)
18. Human Instinct - "Renaissance Fair" (2:24)
19. Cuppat - "Miss Pinkerton" (2:37)
20. Toby Twirl - "Toffee Apple Sunday" (2:10)
21. Cherry Smash - "Green Plant" (3:10)
22. Californians - "Follow Me" (3:00)
23. Outer Limits - "Just One More Chance" (3:02)
24. Les Sauterelles - "Heavenly Club" (2:32)
25. Keith Shields - "Deep Inside Your Mind" (2:10)
26. Al Stewart - "The Elf" (2:30)


Eshniner Forest said...

the Cryin' Shames are great. I've only heared about 5 songs from them, but those few songs are really good. They remind me a lot of the poets. Very creative stuff.

Rochacrimson said...

Great psychadelic songs ;-)

Anonymous said...

Γειά σου φίλε Σπανιόλε.
Μήπως μπορείς να ανεβάσεις τη συλλογή
με το Rapidshare γιατί το Share έχει κλείσει?