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We Can Fly, Vols. 1-5

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Model Village - The Penny Peeps
    2. Try To Keep It A Secret - Loot
    3. Pain Of My Misfortune - Moving Fingers
    4. I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone - Anan
    5. Mazy - The Peepshows
    6. Frederick Jordan - Bunch
    7. Looking Glass Alice - The Glass Menagerie
    8. I Lied To Auntie May - The Neat Change
    9. Tell Her - The Movement
    10. Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator - Sands
    11. I Can See Her Face - Kippington Lodge
    12. Exploding Galaxy - Infantes Jubilate
    13. That's What I Want - The Smoke
    14. Supporters, Us - The QPR Supporters
    15. Trash Can - Trash
    16. Real Life Permanent Dream - Orange Machine
    17. Castles - Serendipity
    18. Garden Of My Mind - Mickey Finn
    19. Running In The Water - Kytes
    20. We Can Fly - Portabello Explosion
    21. Mr. Carpenter - Fox
    22. Hot Smoke & Sassafras - The Mooche
    23. Wall, The - Fruit Machine
    24. Creation - Image
    25. Love, Hate, Revenge - Episode Six
    26. L.S. Bumble Bee, The - Dudley Moore/Peter Cook
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Trick Or Two - Shy Limbs
    2. Amsterdam, The First Days - Brainbox
    3. Hide If You Want To Hide - Cedars
    4. Love Love Love - Pugh
    5. Don't Mince Matter - The Lords
    6. Love Love Love - Nite People
    7. Difference Of Opinion - The Montanas
    8. Clever Little Man - The Julian Kirsch
    9. All Day, All Night - Blonde on Blonde
    10. Rabbits - Avalanche
    11. Colour Sergeant Lillywhite - West Coast Consortium
    12. Fuzzy Patterns - The Tages
    13. Hold On - The Mirage
    14. Tartarex - Petards
    15. Cave Of Clear Light - The Bystanders
    16. Conversations (In A Station Light Refreshment Bar) - A.P. Dangerfield
    17. Further Conversations - A.P. Dangerfield
    18. Original Sin - The Blinkers
    19. Colour Of The Sunset - Danny McCulloch
    20. Mr. Pseudonym - Joy Unlimited
    21. Garden Of Men - Moonshine
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Painting On Wood - The Magicians
    2. Ballad Of The Soon Departed, The - O Haras Playboys
    3. I'm A Man - St John and the Crew
    4. She Was A Perfection - Murray Head
    5. Monday Morning - Tales of Justine
    6. Sospesa Ad Un Filo - I Corvi
    7. Amelia Jane - Made in Sheffield
    8. Free - Mecki Mark Men
    9. She's Got The Time - Afex
    10. Genuine Imitation Life - Jackie Lomax
    11. Passport - Los Brincos
    12. It - Excelsior Spring
    13. Wade In The Shade - Daddy Lindberg
    14. Where Is My Mind? - Pesky Gee!
    15. Sing Songs Of Love - Cherry Smash
    16. Am I The Red One - Mick Softley
    17. House Of Delight - Callan & John
    18. My Kind Of Feeling - Brut
    19. Seek & Find - The Washington DCs
    20. Alice Designs - Sugar Beats
    21. Hey Conductor - The League
    22. Send Me A Postcard - Shocking Blue
    23. Digger - The New Generation
    24. Secondhand Love - Fox
    25. Paper Man - Bulldog Breed
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Maxwell Ferguson - Brass Tacks
    2. I Won't Hurt You - Neo Maya
    3. Real Thing, The (Parts 1 & 2) - Russell Morris
    4. When The Wind Arises - The Rokes
    5. Here I Go Again - Eire Apparent
    6. I Really Love You - Wimple Winch
    7. So Hard Living Without You - Keith Shields
    8. Drizzle - 14
    9. Daylight Child - Lucas Tyson
    10. Look At The Lights Go Up - Hopscotch
    11. Sueno - The Truth
    12. We're Not What We Appear To Be - Bunch
    13. I Am The Noise In Your Head - Griffin
    14. Not So Young Today - Five Steps Beyond
    15. Trapped - Tangerine Peel
    16. What Can I Do For You? - Los Canarios
    17. Time & Tide - Strange Fox
    18. Luv - Mint
    19. Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room - Orange Machine
    20. I Can't Break The Habit - The Ferris Wheel
    21. Sugar Chocolate Machine - Beatstalkers
    22. My New Day & Age - The Mindbenders
    23. Love Is The Sun - Les Baroques
    24. Fires Alive - Terry Reid
    25. Mr. Guy Fawkes - Magnet
    0. DISC 5:
    1. Do You Dream? - Circus
    2. How Do You Feel? - Harsh Reality
    3. And Her Daddy's A Millionaire - The Iveys
    4. Teacher Of Electricity - Old Gold
    5. Rich Man - The Human Instinct
    6. Shapes In My Mind - Keith Relf
    7. I Can See Through You - Episode Six
    8. Second Fiddle - Gnomes of Zurich
    9. Foggy Tuesday - Saker
    10. Lights - Kim Fowley
    11. Radio City - Loot
    12. Spare A Shilling - Bunch
    13. Anyone There - The Montanas
    14. Friday I'm Free - Group 1850
    15. Meditation - Chris McClure
    16. Follow Me - Fruit Machine
    17. How Much Longer Must I Wait, Wait - Giorgio
    18. Ballad Of Harvey Kaye - East of Eden
    19. Un Ragazzo Di Strada - I Corvi
    20. Salisbury Plain - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
    21. City Life - The Gibsons
    22. I Got No Time - The Orange Peels
    23. And Life Goes On - The Mirage
    24. I Don't Know Why - Cedars
    25. Appleknockers Flophouse - Cuby & the Blizzards
    26. Theodore - The Silver Eagle
    27. P.M. - Nite People
    28. Look At Me - Nocturnes
    29. Smokless Zone - Danny McCulloch
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 001

  • Credits

    The five-volume We Can Fly series presented rare psychedelic rock spanning the mid-'60s to the early '70s, mostly centering on U.K. psych of the late '60s, though there's a little spillover from both the British Invasion and early prog rock eras. It's not all from the U.K., either, with a good number of entries from Continental Europe, as well as stray items from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., and even Lebanon. This mini-sized box set compiles all five volumes, and while some of the 128 tracks have done the rounds on well-circulated compilations outside of this series, there can't be many collectors who would have all of them in one place before buying this anthology.
    Though all of these cuts are unquestionably rare and as a whole representative of the scope of psychedelia in its British or British-derived form, they're pretty erratic in artistic quality, no matter what your taste. Some of these are unquestioned rare psych monsters that sound like tracks that should have qualified for the Nuggets II box of non-U.S. '60s freakbeat/psychedelia but somehow missed the cut. Among those near-masterpieces are the Lords' "Don't Mince Matter" (from Germany); Episode Six's brilliant "I Can See Through You," which is both tough and dreamy; Keith Relf's florid solo single "Shapes in My Mind," which hasn't been too easy to find on CD; the Afex's bopping mod rocker "She's Got the Time"; the Bunch's overlooked fanciful but melancholic "Looking Glass Alice"; the Peep Show's hazy "Mazy"; the Mickey Finn's crunchy "Garden of My Mind"; and Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's great psychedelic spoof "The L.S. Bumble Bee," often mistakenly bootlegged as a Beatles outtake, and surprisingly rarely reissued. There are also off the beaten path items by well-known or fairly well-known acts like Shocking Blue, the Mindbenders, Jackie Lomax, Terry Reid, Eire Apparent, Kim Fowley, Murray Head, Mick Softley, the Smoke, and East of Eden that, though not their best work, haven't been too widely heard.
    Much of this box, however, has some fairly generic or even mediocre psychedelia that sounds like it might be championed by the odd collector here and there, but certainly wouldn't be recognized as consensus picks among the cream of the genre. In that sense, it often sounds like an alternate Nuggets II box set, Nuggets II being the major-league stars and the We Can Fly players stuck at the higher levels of the minor leagues. Sometimes the connections the artists had to major-league players are more interesting than the recordings themselves. The Bystanders, for instance, evolved into Man; the Cedars (from Lebanon, of course) were produced by Tony Hicks of the Hollies; Italian singer Giorgio is Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder; the Glass Menagerie were produced by Chas Chandler; Kippington Lodge had a young Nick Lowe in the lineup; the Iveys became Badfinger; Tangerine Peel were led by Mike Chapman; Trash were on Apple Records without releasing an LP; Danny McCulloch had been in Eric Burdon & the Animals; etc. All those loose ends and more are tied up in the 84-page booklet, which has plenty of information about the bands and their releases. ~ Richie Unterberger

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