CD Piccadilly Sunshine, Pt. 1: British Pop Psych and Other Flavours 1965-1970 (CD 4682792),
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Piccadilly Sunshine, Pt. 1: British Pop Psych and Other Flavours 1965-1970

  • 1. Miss Pilkington's Maid - Jason James
    2. I Won't Be There - Peppermint Circus
    3. Polly Pan - Roger Bloom's Hammer
    4. Flower Power - Alan David
    5. Falling Leaves - Studio Six
    6. Slow Motion - The Magicians
    7. He Wants To Be a Star - Tin Tin
    8. Good As Gold - The Cups
    9. Pisces Man - Billy Boyle
    10. Dead As a Go-Go - Sounds Incorporated
    11. Dream Magazine - Svensk
    12. Race, The - Christopher
    13. Love's Beautiful - Merlin Q.
    14. Why Don't You Follow Me - Mighty Joe Young
    15. Fairground Man - Nocturnes
    16. Never Trust In Tomorrow - Mixture
    17. Why Can't There Be More Love - Mood of Hamilton
    18. Polly Sunday - Jon
    19. Girl of the Night - Tony Fabian
    20. Sad Simon Lives Again - Tim Andrews
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): D2107

  • Credits

    The title of this 20-track compilation gives you a fair idea of what to expect: pop/rock with a psychedelic touch, though actually all but one of the cuts is from 1967-1970. This is definitely more pop than psychedelia, and in some ways a U.K. equivalent to American sunshine pop. It's certainly a lot closer to the Hollies' "King Midas in Reverse" in tone than, say, Pink Floyd's "See Emily Play." Not to mention that all of these artists are far more obscure than the Hollies and Pink Floyd; even '60s British rock experts are unlikely to have heard of anyone here, except maybe Sounds Inc. and Chris Andrews (whose contribution, "Sad Simon Lives Again," was actually billed to Tim Andrews). Even some of the band names (Peppermint Circus, Tin Tin, Merlin Q, Mood of Hamilton) are fair indication that the mood is pretty whimsical. Generally the songs are just OK, however, though the production -- which is way more heavy on orchestral embellishments than freaky psychedelic ones -- is generally pretty good. The heaviest number, Svensk's "Dream Magazine" (which has shown up on a few psychedelic compilations over the years), is certainly the standout with its spooky organ and dreamy ambience, almost sounding like something the Zombies might have done if they'd gotten more far out. Nothing else here comes close, to be blunt, and some of the tracks skirt blandness. But there are some mildly neat items, like Sounds Inc.'s drolly bouncy "Dead as a Go-Go"; the Nocturnes' "Fairground Man," with its upbeat male-female harmonies and swirling organ; and Mood of Hamilton's "Why Can't There Be More Love," where ethereal churchy organ, backup vocals, and navely utopian lyrics are all pluses. Past & Present's customarily informative liner notes unearth some unexpected connections between some of these artists and more famous names -- both Rick Kemp (later of Steeleye Span) and Rod Temperton (who wrote material for Michael Jackson's Thriller) were in Roger Bloom's Hammer, for instance, and Maurice Gibb produced Tin Tin. ~ Richie Unterberger

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