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Hello Everyone - Popsike Sparks From Denmark Street 1968-70

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grapefruit
  • ASIN: B00HEQGS90
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,898 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hello Everyone - Sir Ching I
2. Room At The Top Of The Stairs - Timothy Blue
3. Smokey Blue's Away - A New Generation
4. The Laughing Man - John Carter & Russ Alquist
5. Baby Come Back To Me - Simon De Lacy
6. The Wall - The Fruit Machine
7. Heartbreaker - The Baby
8. Cherrywood Green - Just William
9. You're Still Mine - The Eggy
10. Police Is Here - A New Generation
11. Follow Me - The Fruit Machine
12. She Won't See The Light - Timothy Blue
13. House For Sale Val Mckenna - Val McKenna
14. Sadie & Her Magic Mr Galahad - The New Generation
15. Midsummer Dreaming - John Carter & Russ Alquist
16. Hooky - The Eggy
17. Eartha Kitt - Eartha Kitt
18. Michael Blues - The Baby
19. Hiawatha Mini Ha Ha Love - Sir Ching I
20. The Old Iron Bell - Gene Latter
See all 27 tracks on this disc

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Between 1968 and 1970, some of the finest, most obscure British psychedelic pop singles of the era escaped on the Spark label, the newly-inaugurated recording arm of long-established publishers Southern Music. Recorded in the basement studio of the companys Denmark Street premises, these tracks often featured the same cabal of musicians and songwriters, leading to a homogenous in-house style that perfectly encapsulates the late 1960's British pop-psych studio sound. The best of Sparks impressive roster is now collected on CD for the first time on Hello Everyone: Popsike Sparks from Denmark Street 1968-70, which assembles highly-prized, highly-priced 45s from pre-Rare Bird band Fruit Machine, Gene Latter, post-Sorrows outfit the Eggy, the New Generation (subsequently to become the Sutherland Brothers), the Dennis Wheatley-inspired Icarus and both sides of the magnificent and astonishingly rare single by Sir Ching I (only one stock copy known to exist). Also included are exquisite Brit popsike singles from Timothy Blue, Just William, both sides of the superb John Carter/Russ Alquist collaboration The Laughing Man/Midsummer Dreaming and two sensational offerings from Eartha Kitt during her brief and unlikely immersion in late Sixties hippy chick chic.

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Jam-packed, 27-track set of Spark label singles from 1968 to 1970 by The Fruit Machine, Icarus, Eartha Kitt, Gene Latter, A New Generation and others.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
I'm relatively new to collecting music in this genre, but one thing that is clear is that there are many, many compilations to choose from. Research and admittedly limited listening so far, would tell me that this is a relatively good choice. A generously filled, well annotated single disc. This is the same re- issue label that recently released the Love, Devotion, Poetry 3 disc set which has great reviews and no overlap of tracks with this release.

The music, to my ears, comprises the best in melodic aspects of late 60's UK popsike, with many of the tracks commanding high prices in the RRPG in their original format on the Spark label. What is also good is that many original A sides come with their companion flip side - albeit randomly sequenced on the disc. The accompanying booklet is very well compiled with informative commentaries and pictures. This, and the relative high quality of the transfers, set this disc aside from some of the initially attractive multi-disc sets available. In short, not every track is a winner, but there is enough here to attract repeated listenings.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Brief Spark In Pop History 25 Mar 2014
When I was a relatively new Disc Jockey in 1969 and still feeling my way in the world of Pop Music there were many labels that brought fond memories of some fine music dispatched by relatively unknown artists struggling to get a foot on the difficult ladder of Pop music. I must admit I may have purchased some of my Spark collection as time wore on thanks to Alan Freeman's chart show which gave a chance to up and coming new bands and solo artists throughout the UK and some from abroad, God bless him. Of the tracks on this album I recognise quiet a few but also notice the missing tracks that should've been included. Smokey Blues Away was a classic in it's time despite it's lowly No.38 chart positioning. They eventually transformed from A New Generation to become The Sutherland Brothers Band and brought the now well known worldwide hit 2Sailing" to us. Heartbreaker by The Babys is another classic from that era which was in my collection and played a lot but again only a bubbling under he chart was it's success rate never to be heard of again and no trace on the internet either. My big disappointed is the missing Sign on the dotted line by Gene Latter a dance floor filler if ever there was one and probably his best in my opinion. Perhaps a second issue will bring it forth to the music scene along with Maybe I'm Lost without you by Neil Harrison from 1972 here's hoping. I'm glad some of these are seeing the light once more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Jun 2014
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dad says its bloody brilliant xx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tin Pan Alley goes Popsike! 23 Jun 2014
By James B. Spink HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Back in the spring of 1968 I was one of a handful of record buyers who helped to nudge A New Generation's "Smokey Blues Away" into the very lower reaches of the UK top 40. As far as I remember it was the only single I ever owned on the Spark label. Brian Matthew played the track on a recent Sounds of the Sixties on Radio 2 and mentioned that the track is now available on this CD.

As this CD was compiled by David Wells for his Grapefruit label I knew it was worth taking a punt on even though most of the tracks and artists are at the very obscure end of obscure! However, although the names may be unfamiliar David Wells' detailed notes help identify who is behind the music featured here and many are quite well-known. We have Carter/Lewis from the Ivy League (and many other projects!) the Sutherland Brothers are well featured, Eric Woolfson (Alan Parsons Project) and many others who hung out in the basement of 8 Denmark Street in the late sixties.

Spark was a division of music publisher Southern Music and started releasing singles just after the sixties offshore radio stations went off the air - had they got any airplay many of the tracks featured here could easily have been big hits. If you have heard David Wells earlier three CD set Love, Poetry and Revolution then this collection is up to that standard and I would recommend it if you enjoyed the tracks it featured.

The Spark label soldiered on into the seventies and even managed a couple of hits - Wigan's Ovation anyone? The Southern Music name no longer exists - the company is now known as Peer Music and as far as I know 8 Denmark Street is now an English School! If you want to capture a taste of late sixties Tin Pan Alley's finest then I would recommend this excellent collection and many thanks to David Wells for trawling the vaults to find this stuff - rare treasure indeed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual tracks 25 April 2014
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Obscure golden oldies from the word go - Title track is the best overall and the other goodies too many to recant and give this collection its real merit but no-one will be disappointed buying this
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