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Peculiar Hole in the Sky: Pop Psych from Down Under

  • 1. Peculiar Hole in the Sky - The Valentines
    2. Imagine This - The Iguanas
    3. Still I Can Go On - James Taylor Move
    4. I Can't Help Thinking of You - Bucket
    5. Going Home - Normie Rowe
    6. House of Bamboo - Peter Wright
    7. Gained for a Fall - 1863 Establishment
    8. Emily on Sunday - Clapham Junction
    9. Unforgotten Dreams - King Fox
    10. Long Live Sivinanda - Inside Looking Out
    11. Girl in the Garden - Hugo
    12. Moving in a Circle - The Executives
    13. Eastern Dream - Jeff St John & The Id
    14. Zoom Zoom Zoom - Cam-Pact/The Cam-Pact
    15. King of the Mountain - Proclamation
    16. Upstairs, Downstairs - Jon
    17. Krome Plated Yabby - Wild Cherries
    18. Magic Eyes - James Taylor Move
    19. Brass Bird - Lloyd's World
    20. Walking & Talking - R. Black & the Rockin' V's
    21. Mr. Guy Fawkes - Dave Miller
    22. Picture of a Girl - 1863 Establishment
    23. Sitting by a Tree - The Escorts
    24. Morning Sun - Inside Looking Out
    25. Drawing Room - Cam-Pact/The Cam-Pact
    26. Hey! Watch Out - Hugo
    27. Tell Me Love - Marty Rhone
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0000215WIK

  • Credits

    Contains 27 tracks of Australian psychedelic rock originally released on Festival Records.
    Performers include: The Valentines, The Iguana, James Taylor Move, Bucket, Normie Rowe, Peter Wright, The Wild Cherries, Cam-Pact, The 1863 Establishment, Lloyd's World, The Executives, Clapham Junction, King Fox.
    Personnel: Jim Hannan, Jim Cerezo, Dave Miller (vocals, guitar); Vince Lovegrove, Jim Willebrandt, Ged Willis, Robert Taylor , Gary Sweetman, Jeff St. John, Bill Mahoney, Pete Watson , Dave Rossall, Danny Robinson , Gino Cunico, Keith Glass, Andy Wilkinson, Billy Field, Bon Scott, Carole King (vocals); Paul Radcliffe (guitar, flute); Lobby Loyde, Kevin Peek, Ian Nancarrow, Greg Cook, Dino Annabelle, Rob Heron, Ray Nancarrow, Clive Littlewood, Garry Littlewood, George Christie, Colin Stead, John Robinson , Mike McGuire, Peter Anson, Wyn Milsom, Tony Summers, Stuart Bedford, Barry Worth, Ted Ward, Derek Lewis, Chris Stockley, Ray Burton (guitar); Bruce Johnston (saxophone); King James Fisher (trumpet); Jim Niven (piano); Dennis Warner, Neil Williamson, Les Gilbert , John Brodie, Ian Walsh, Peter Muller, Alan Tarney (organ); Brian King (keyboards); Trevor Spencer, Fabe Wootton, David Mills, Warwick Findlay, Keith Barber , Barry Wilkinson, Chris Pickup, Albert Sawyer, Dieter Glaser, Peter Saunders, Don McCormack , Barry Annabelle, Ray Mulholland, Andrew Evans, Trevor Courtney, Rhys Clark (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Alec Palao.
    The Australian pop-psychedelia scene of the late '60s was more akin to the British pop-psych scene than the American one, though it borrowed from both of those cousins. Really, however, it wasn't as distinctive as either, nor did it have many tunes to rate on par with the best of those from the U.K. or U.S. Nonetheless, this 27-track anthology of Oz pop-psych from 1967-1970 does cover a scene that's rarely been noted by rock collectors or historians, particularly outside of Australia. Licensed from the Festival label (with the exception of a couple of tracks from Clarion Records), there aren't any names that will strike instant chords with the international pop connoisseur, though some of the writers and performers found wide fame in other contexts. Foremost among those is Bon Scott, who, prior to joining AC/DC, sang on the Valentines' "Peculiar Hole in the Sky," which in turn was written by Harry Vanda and George Young of the Easybeats (who released their own version shortly afterward). Vanda-Young also wrote R. Black & the Rockin' V's' "Walking & Talking," never recorded by the Easybeats, though that song's just OK. Other noted writers are behind some of the better tracks. Mick Bower of the Masters Apprentices, one of the greatest Australian rock bands, wrote the Bucket's very Cream-styled "I Can't Help Thinking of You." Graham Gouldman penned his usually classy pop on Normie Rowe's "Going Home," produced by legendary British impresario Giorgio Gomelsky. Barry Gibb authored Jon's anxious "Upstairs, Downstairs," which sounds much like the Bee Gees' own circa-1966 recordings. Overall, though, the songs tend toward the ordinary with a touch of weirdness in material, sometimes with lingering British Invasion, mod rock, and sunshine pop influences. Once in a while a cut does jump out as worthy of attention, like the Executives' dreamy yet disquieting "Moving in a Circle" with its eerie organ and wispy vocal by Carole King (not that Carole King). ~ Richie Unterberger

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