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  • Audio CD (18 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Burning Airlines
  • ASIN: B00004NKUL
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 536,502 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Overture
2. Broken Mirrors
3. "Angels Song ""Dear Elvis Presley""
4. Nursey Nursey
5. Small Song-Heaven In The Back Row
6. Burning Bright
7. The Matchseller
8. The Coronation Of The Fledgling
9. All Hail To The Hero
10. White Faced Lady
11. Freefall
12. Standing
13. Diary Song: The Indian Head
14. Song From Jon
15. Long Way Down
16. The Locket
17. Picture With Conversation
18. Epitaph: Angel
19. Bordeaux Rose (Original)
20. In My Box
See all 39 tracks on this disc

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From the Artist

Our retrospective collection of ALL Fairfield Parlour tracks
This 2CD boxed set collects together for the first time ALL our Fairfield Parlour recordings: the `From Home To Home` CD includes all A&B sides of singles, the previously unreleased film theme, `Eyewitness`, the I Luv Wight material (ultra-rare!) and a new recording of `Bordeaux Rose.` The second CD is our concept album recorded in 1970 but not released until 20 years later, `White-Faced Lady.` The substantial package includes two booklets with a history of the band and the complete `White-Faced Lady` story.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 April 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're familiar with the music of the band that was once called Kaleidoscope and later became Fairfield Parlour then you won't need to read this review because 'Kaleidoscope--The Fairfield Parlour Years' will already be in your collection, snuggling cosily next to 'Dive Into Yesterday', the compilation of Kaleidoscope psych/pop material that escaped into the market-place a couple of years ago.
If you haven't heard the group's music then you are missing out on something wonderful, but fear not, for this superb new release from New Millennium makes virtually every note recorded by Fairfield Parlour easily available in one convenient 2CD package.
The re-mastering undertaken ensures that the sound quality is an improvement on previous CD issues of this material. The bass presence in particular is immense. The 'meat and potatoes' of the first CD is the 'From Home To Home' album, recorded in late 1969 and released in mid-1970. It was and is a remarkable record that deserved far more commercial success that it attained. The change of name reflected a change in musical style. Psychedelic foppery had been consigned to the dustbin. In it's place was a more progressive, more muscular sound, with widescreen arrangements and a streak of bucolic folkiness stamped through the middle. Lead vocalist Peter Daltrey's peerless lyrics sketch fascinating scenes populated by characters who inhabit the dark side of normality. Steve Clark's flute comes close to dominating the sound-scape, drawing obvious comparison with the Moody Blues, but throughout the album the band display more power, ambition, wit and taste than the Moodies, Barclay James Harvest or indeed any other band operating within this genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. SHARROCK on 24 Nov 2006
Format: Audio CD
Do yourself a big favour & seek out 'White Faced Lady'. I cannot stop listening to it! I consider it to be the prime recorded work of Kaleidoscope/Fairfield Parlour. The orchestral arrangements really add something to the songs in much the same way that is apparent on Love's 'Forever Changes'. There is a degree of consistency over the entire album that is missing from the band's other releases. I'm not knocking their other works at all & would recommend them also, it's just that this album is a league above. The last track - Epitaph:Angel - nevers fails to leave me emotionally moved. Albums like this just don't seem to be made these days.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A detailed look at this essential 2-CD collection from Engla 28 May 2000
By russell newmark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Having garnered a devoted following on the psychedelic scene with their colourful storybook lyrics and exotic musicianship, the four members of Kaleidoscope shed that name for Fairfield Parlour - deemed to be more in keeping with their move towards progressive music. Their late-Sixties Fontana albums, `Tangerine Dream` and `Faintly Blowing`, were consigned to history and replaced by the more reflective mood of the 1970 Vertigo LP `From Home to Home` -- a work nevertheless still steeped in the group`s mighty twin strengths: Peter Daltrey`s evocative words and the musical arrangements drafted by Eddie Pumer and polished by the ensemble. Their career had taken on an exquisitely ambitious new direction, the material awash with sweeping orchestration, culminating in their magnum opus, the conceptual double-album, `White-Faced Lady.` It remained unissued and was officially laid before its admirers in 1990. This two-CD release brings together both albums, along with TEN rare extra tracks, and offers lavish evidence that the talents of Kaleidoscope and Fairfield Parlour remain scandalously unrecognised. Daltrey plunders the lyrical depths of his remarkable imagination to weave songs that sometimes recall the ebullience of the Kaleidoscope period - but which often linger with a hauntingly sombre and melancholic air, Precise singing, delivered with his pure English diction, is set to music that treads between a delicate acoustic feel and a heavier demeanour. The meticulous instrumentation is embellished with surprise touches and the overall impression is majestic. In the case of `White-Faced Lady` -- a project enhanced by the LSO - there`s also a powerful grandeur. Bonus tracks include all the A and B sides of the Fairfield singles, together with a new recording of their most successful, `Bordeaux Ros‚`. Also included is the ultra-rare `Let the world wash in,` dating from their appearance at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival and issued as I Luv Wight. Russell Newmark/June 2000
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Review from Zabadak magazine 16 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you're familiar with the music of the band that was oncecalled Kaleidoscope and later became Fairfield Parlour then you won'tneed to read this review because 'Kaleidoscope--The Fairfield Parlour Years' will already be in your collection, snuggling cosily next to 'Dive Into Yesterday', the compilation of Kaleidoscope psych/pop material that escaped into the market-place a couple of years ago.
If you haven't heard the group's music then you are missing out on something wonderful, but fear not, for this superb new release from New Millennium makes virtually every note recorded by Fairfield Parlour easily available in one convenient 2CD package. 10/10
Copyright:Mick Cape/Ron Cooper/Zabadaka
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Truly Inspired Music! 15 Aug 2000
By Andrew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The greatest Kaleidoscope album is finally available on CD! White Faced Lady has profound, renaissance/psychpop/prog sensibilities loaded with original hooks. There are so many masterfully crafted melodies, arangements, and lyrics that you'll wonder how this band slipped through the fingers of the major record labels of the time. The bonus trax on From Home To Home are amazing. On the critical side, a few of the tracks are not mixed as well as on the original releases- such as the vocal mixes on "Freefall" and "All Hail To The Hero," but these are subtle differences that are overshadowed by the greatness of this inspired album!!! The Muse flows through these bards.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great music! 25 Nov 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This has to be my all-time fave collection of Seventies stuff. I listen to this over and over. What a great melancholy mood. I`ve also discovered Peter Daltrey`s solo CD stuff is just as good. The band`s lead singer hasn`t lost anything over the years. Still got that voice!. Just bought his Tambourine Days CD. Ohhhhh..! Wonderful music!. His site address is something like this -- don`t blame me if it`s wrong pal. [...]
Cheers from here to you over there. Gary Mann, UK
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