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Piccadilly Sunshine Part Two CD


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  • Audio CD (5 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Past And Present
  • ASIN: B002SIWNTS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JC on 13 Dec 2009
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This is a fine collectors item of obscure and overlooked late 60s UK pop psych singles with cover insert ten page liner notes on the artists. Here are the artists on this album. K.G. Young / Sasha Caro / Gentry / Peppermint Circus / Legay / George Bean / Wishful Thinking / Suspect / Perfect People / Barbara Ruskin / Chris McClure / Bubblegum / the Kool / Alexander Bell / Roger Denison / Gervase / Bill Kenwright and the Runaways / Mike Raynor and the Condors / Zuider Zee.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ronn L on 17 Sep 2012
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This is a weird one. The liner notes are frustrating as they will big up an A side which an artist has made, then you find a B side on the album. I really only bought the album for one track-Bill Kenwright-as I could not find it anywhere else. The album is interesting enough with good production, but the track choice is a bit puzzling.
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WORTH A LISTEN 20 Sep 2013
By cryptic pop - Published on Amazon.com
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When you are on a quest to find the best unplayed pop songs of the 60s you cannot pass up a collection like this...at least not when the price is right. That said, I was forced to start with Vol. 2 and will probably only buy 1 and 3 some day since they play into my target years of 1965-68.
Okay...I refuse to analyze this collection song by song for a single reason: Some collections are so hodgepodge you are jarred from one style to the next. This is more like falling into a time shift for a half hour and hearing the sounds of the day one degree off. I can only imagine what Pirate Radio was like back then...faint at times? Totally in the hands of the DJ and not the corporation? Sounds like Pop heaven. Similarly, I remember songs breaking in NY State in '66 and 7 that never made it nationally. That's what this CD is - very interesting at times even if not for the casual listener. They are like really good demos just waiting for the magic touch of a George Martin or a Mickey Most or stateside, a Wes Farrell. The fault seems to lie with the original recordings, not with any remastering. I'm being a bit harsh. I actually liked this enough to play it through four times in a row. Sort of.
The four stars was not for the sound quality but for the idiot(s) who selected the track order. Without a doubt the three worst songs are tracks 1,2 and 3. Absolute rubbish. Tracks you'd find on side three of a double album, and the tracks I skipped by the second go around. Imagine my surprise when I read the liner notes at a later point and discovered that the worst of the worst (Never Play a B Side) was written by Cat Stevens before he was Cat.
My advice: Watch for the price and scoop it up when you can. There are enough good tunes to satisfy...and how can you hate a song about a steam-driven banana.
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Follow the man and girl on the Piccadilly Sunshine for hidden musical treasures! 25 April 2014
By Aaron Chase - Published on Amazon.com
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So out of all of the 18 cd's in this series (WOW!), I ordered vol 2 so far. I have vol 4 on the way, but volumes 1, 3, and 5-18 I'm just going to have to order as I can squeeze them in my budget. You notice that it's the same artwork of the man and girl always walking to the right, but the colors change with each volume. And if you owned all 18 volumes, you'd definately see how colorful each of them are. You'd think they could have found different artwork, or photos of some of the acts to plaster on the front, but it's almost maybe making it more of a discovery by not doing that. One thing I don't expect to find are Beatles/Stones/Kinks/WHO covers, or anything that gets played on your average oldies station. We're talking rare 45's that most people maybe never heard at all. Not just because of BBC Censors, or Pirate Radio having their airwaves not make it to the listeners, but there probably were just too many bands, or artists, but not enough interest from record buyers. I don't know if this whole series is possible because of publishing rights expiring, or maybe the planets aligned to dig out these hidden psychedelic 45's, but either way, each volume is going to be alot of bang for the buck.

Fine, you say, but why would I pay so much for a bunch of artists I've never even heard of? Well, fair enough. This series isn't for everybody. But if you're into collecting weird prog or psychedelic rock or pop, this seems to be a great source of it. And since I am up for the challenge, I'll gladly spend my money on all 18 cd's, and no, not just to look at the pretty colors.

The first track is from K.G. Young with a Donovonesque "Spider", which seems a decent enough tune. The 2nd tune is Sasha Caro's "Never Play a B-side". Umm, it's weird, but hey, that's not a bad thing. I like the production of the tune at least. "Sing me a sad song" from Gentry is like a Hollies tune almost. It's not too shabby, really! The Peppermint Circus give you a bit of a tonguetwister with "Keeping my head above water". It's got some Mellotron in there to a popish tune. Not really bubblegum, but close.

Legay give us another tongue twist tune "The Fantastic Story of the Steam-Driven Banana". I don't know if this is THEIR version of a Yellow Subramine or not, but it sounds like the soundtrack to a psychedelic cartoon, and it's a decent tune. I find it a little silly, but I don't mind. George Bean gives us a sad tune with "The Candy shop is closed". Now this might as well be a bubblegum tune, but if it sounds like 1910 Fruitgum Company, then you get the idea. Wishful Thinking give us a Syd Barrettesque "I want you girl", with some great harmonies, fluid guitar parts, and it could have been a Byrds b-side if they took too much acid. Suspect give us a BeachBoysish tune "Belinda", which is a little bit music hall, but easily could have been something that ended up on Pet Sounds or Smile.

Perfect People deliver "House In The Country", which is a nice enough tune. Reminds me of Harpers Bizarre, but has some decent guitar and maybe Moog in it? It's a great pop song, and it's probably a shame they didn't last. Now, the next artist I'm familiar with from the RPM series DreamBabes. Barbara Ruskin has the song "Pawnbroker, Pawnbroker" in Dreambabes Vol 6, and this cd. The tune is a interesting pop tune of a woman having to sell her belongings to return to her man, even though she already has a house and car! (Makes you wonder if she's doing so well, why even have to pawn anything?) Chris McClure has a baroque tune with "Hazy People". It almost sounds like the instrumental "Apache", but I clearly know it's not. But parts of it sound like that tune. Some of the vocals had a bit too much reverb, so you can't make out what they're singing, but they probably just didn't know how to fix this mistake. Now, how do you include a tune that's so sugary sweet from a act called Bubblegum? Their tune "Little Red Bucket" easily could have been a Monkees tune, or Archies song, or heck, take your pick. But it's a perfect pop tune. The Kool invite you to "Step out of your mind", which it's trippy drug inducing dance.

Alexander Bell almost does a 3rd person baroque pop tune with his version of John Lennon's "Imagine", but years before it was written! Well, he does throw all of his ideas on how the world could be a better place, so maybe somebody was listening? Roger Denison delivers a weird "She wanders through my mind", with it's dylan on mushrooms folkish tune. The Sitar sounds a little out of tune, but maybe that was the intent? George Bean returns "Smile from Sequin". It kind of reminds me of the Mammas and Pappas, but after escaping from a loony asylum! Gervase play us another strange baroque "Pepper Grinder", which seems to have some odd time signature in this one, but I couldn't tell you what.

Bill Kenwright & The Runaways perform "I want to go back there again", which again reminds me of the Hollies. Mike Raynor & The Condors play another sad breakup pop tune "Turn your head", and it's a hybrid folk rock/psych tune. And Zuider Zee finished this volume with "Provocative Child". A strange tune, of the hosts not wanting the character around, so that they can go to bed. With a name like that, can't say I blame them!

Like I said, this cd is like a time machine into a different era. But follow this series for more hidden 45's, and who knows what you'll discover??
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Obscure British Pop Psych 13 Dec 2009
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a fine collectors item of obscure and overlooked late 60s UK pop psych singles. Here is a list of the artists on this album. K.G. Young / Sasha Caro / Gentry / Peppermint Circus / Legay / George Bean / Wishful Thinking / Suspect / Perfect People / Barbara Ruskin / Chris McClure / Bubblegum / The Kool / Alexander Bell / Roger Denison / Gervase / Bill Kenwright and the Runaways / Mike Raynor and the Condors / Zuider Zee.
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