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Cries From The Midnight Circus: Ladbroke Grove 1968-1973 Box set

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  • Audio CD (26 Feb. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B000S8509U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Defecting Glory - The Pretty Things
2. Midsummer Night's Dream - Sam Gopal
3. I'm Coming Home - The Deviants
4. Revolution - Tomorrow
5. Children Of The Sun - The Misunderstood
6. House Without Windows - Mighty Baby
7. Notting Hill Gate - Quintessence
8. Ten Thousand Words In A Cardboard Box - Twink
9. Death Warmed Up - High Tide
10. Man In The Moon - Village
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. A Saying For Today - The Action
2. So Embarrassed - Junior's Eyes
3. Do It - The Pink Fairies
4. Everything Over The Roof Tops - Edgar Broughton Band
5. Bath Sister - Jody Grind
6. Giants - Quintessence
7. Long Ago, Far Away - Peter Bardens
8. Cries From The Midnight Circus - The Pretty Things
9. No Time - Arthur Brown, Kingdom Come
10. Lord Of Light - Hawkwind
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tony Jones VINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2007
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I bought this as a Hawkwind / Calvert / Arthur Brown completist, and was originally compelled by the price - this is a lot of material for a sensible price.

From the beginning I was taken aback by how good so much of the other material was, and while I would probably never have bought this if the Hawkwind was not there, the tracks chosen are reasonably widely available and don't suit the overall mood of the album very well.

Listening to this in the car I find that every time one or two different tracks stand out for either lyrical content or musicianship - currently the Pretty Things are my favourites.

Overall a mine of great music demonstrating the range in time as well as type of music originating from this London nucleus.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Oct. 2009
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I've recently been enjoying the compilation "Refugees", celebrating the first ten years of Charisma Records; Mark Powell, who put that set together, also had a big hand in this collection. Having rediscovered some favourite music from the "Refugees" era I fancied hearing a bit more, and I remembered this earlier offering. I had originally decided not to buy it when released a couple of years ago as I already had a lot of the music included, but a second look persuaded me - and I'm glad I bought it!

Although related in time, the music on Midnight Circus is far less whimsical than that on "Refugees" and is more like the rock soundtrack to the Hippie Counterculture, Underground Movement or whatever you remember it as. These were the hard gigging bands of my youth and I must have seen well over half of the artists included here live at the free festivals, colleges and church halls that were alive with music in those days.

Cries From the Midnight Circus takes it's name from the Pretty Things song, a band I followed from their first R&B single, Rosalyn, through to their high point, S F Sorrow, and beyond; how the music changed in those few years! The music on Midnight Circus flows nicely and the new remastering makes it sound fresh and detailed. If you like any of the tracks included you will certainly like the rest, the selection was thoughtfully done.

"...and in the grove, by gate and hill, midst merry throng of market clatter - stood the Hall of the Mountain Grill where table strain'd `neath loaded platter." Once a creative hotbed, in those happy hippie days, Ladbroke Grove can be remembered again with this highly enjoyable compilation. Now I must play Van Morrison's Slim Slow Slider again, and catch some pebbles..................
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Alick Jeffery was king on 31 Dec. 2007
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The compilers at Sanctuary deserve real praise for assembling this collection. The tracks all work together to present a really cohesive slice of the UK counterculture of the late 60's/early 70's. There is a real sense of freedom and experimentation with no little measure of fine musicianship. Many excellent compliations such as Legends of a Mind , Strangely Strange etc are actually limited by being tied to specific labels whereas this compilation succeeds by crossing record label boundaries to achieve an incredible feel for the time and place. Impossible to cite stand out tracks - there are so many gems.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alan Burridge on 1 Oct. 2007
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An excellent compilation of Ladbroke Grove's finest, providing a reminder, as if we needed one, of what a melting pot of raw talent this area was at the time. An excellent compilation and equally excellent sleeve notes run us through with a reminder of this very special time and equally special place. Now, sadly but inevitably, the world has moved on and, but for the likes of this double pack, (and maybe a documentary, before it's too late, please?), an important facet of our musical heritage has been whisped away by time and what is believed to be, progress. Can almost smell the nostalgia as each of these fabulous tracks play.
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