|1. Faintly Blowing|
|4. A Story from Tom Bitz|
|5. (Love Song) for Annie|
|6. If You So Wish|
|8. Bless the Executioner|
|9. Black Fjord|
|10. The Feathered Tiger|
|11. I'll Kiss You Once|
|13. Do It Again For Jeffrey (Bonus Track)|
|14. Poem (Single Version)|
|15. Balloon (Bonus Track)|
|16. If You So Wish (Single Version)|
|17. Let The World Wash In (Bonus Track)|
|18. Mediaeval Masquerade (Bonus Track)|
It's quite a derivative album, the first three tracks bearing what seems to be a Syd Barrett influence. "The Story Of Tom Bitz" is musically reminiscent of The Beatles' "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away", but the lyric and delivery smacks of Dylan. The superb "Bless The Executioner" recalls Donovan and "Black Fjord" apes the orchestrated early efforts of Cat Stevens. Bearing in mind that this album was made in 1969, Kaleidoscope must have sounded a little outdated when they recorded it.
That said, "Faintly Blowing" abounds with good melodies, imaginative lyrics and much homegrown ingenuity. They push the boat out further however on the lengthy "Music", a spaced-out track that seems to aim at something akin to the improvisational feel of the early Pink Floyd but which veers dangerously close to "Revolution 9" territory.
Thankfully, the bonus tracks beef things up. A couple are merely alternate versions of other tracks, but "Do It For Jeffery" is a joyously catchy song and "Balloon" is rather chirpy. Not listed here by Amazon are two further bonuses. These are from 1970 and hint at the imminent transformation in the band's approach. Though slightly out of step with the rest of the CD, they certainly enhance it.
Overall, a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in British so-called psychedelia, but for the best work by this band, check out Fairfield Parlour's "From Home To Home".
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