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Nick Nicely
19 Oct. 2009 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 19 Oct. 2009
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • Copyright: 2009 Cherry Red Records
  • Total Length: 1:06:46
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  • ASIN: B002QID5YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,385 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Feb. 2005
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As a fan of New Psych you get hardened to disappointment .The word 'Psychedelic'is thrown around at many a folk troubadour who mentions a rainbow or powerpop outfit using a bit more reverb than usual .
Forget all that .
The NME reckons this is the 'best psychedelia since the 60s' (I checked the NN site for similar Mojo,Uncut etc reviews also for the download!) . Seems to me its an unrivalled classic of the genre packed with superbly inventive acidic arrangements and supreme psych songwriting but it always avoids the deadend of'Paisley' cliches so beloved in lesser works . Every play seems to reveal something new as the album ties together in an eerie out of time way the best of psych from year zero('66)to the present day .
Terrific .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Lane on 27 Feb. 2010
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Bedroom pastoral psychedelia. If you like things such as the first Sheriff Jack album and 'World's Greatest Living Englishman' by Martin Newell and XTC's take on said genre then there is much to enjoy here, and '49 cigars' still sounds great after 25+ years.
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I agree with all the reviews here but unfortunately for me, the re-mastering has let it down somewhat. Anyone with an understanding of dynamics, compression, brick wall limiting and the loudness war will know what I mean.

Most tracks limit at around -12dB which I would put money on was not the decibel level of the original digital master. Whilst it could be said some early 80s digital transfers were mastered a bit too quiet, Psychotropia has gone far too much the other way. I'm all for the dynamic range available being fully utilised, but not if the transient peaks are pushed beyond the limitation.

What we get is a slightly over-booming and course sounding record due to added compression and clipped peaks put into effect to be able to bring the level up to -12dB. (if played on decent equipment).

I'm not interested with whether this record 'competes' with the rubbish over-loud sounds of today's music or whether it's been designed to be heard over factory machinery, I want the dynamics kept intact.

Great songs though.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Sowing The Seeds Of Psych 15 Nov. 2005
By D. Hartley - Published on
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A real hidden gem for British psych/freakbeat fans has been unearthed and polished up for some long overdue appreciation. Technically not a cohesive "album", per se, so much as an "anthology" of an artist who never really actively pursued a music career. It is important to understand the significance of this collection's breath-taking opening track "Hilly Fields (1892)". This was the "hit" from an EP released back circa '81-'82 (Nicely's only ever "official" release). While it didn't set the world on fire, "Hilly Fields" enjoyed some college radio exposure (that's where I remember hearing it and becoming absolutely entranced). Most importantly, it reached the impressionable ears of one Mr. Andy Partridge, who, as the story goes, based on this one epic song, was inspired to create XTC's alter ego pseudo-psychedelic band The Dukes Of Stratosphear. What's the point of my rambling story? "Hilly Fields" could well be pin-pointed as "Patient Zero" of the whole psych-revival movement, although its creator has never been given due credit. Now you can hear all the cuts from that original EP plus a smattering of previously unreleased material that Nicely has produced over the ensuing 20-odd years or so. The most surprising thing is that there actually IS a certain coherence and consistence of quality to this collection, and it could pass as a thematic "album". While Revolver-Sgt. Pepper's era Beatles are the most obvious touchstone, Nicely demonstrates his own unique sensibility throughout. If you enjoy the aforementioned Dukes, or the likes of Martin Newell or Captain Sensible, you need to pick up a copy, fix a cup of your favorite...uh, tea, plug in the 'phones and achieve nirvana!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Superb British Psychedelia 31 Jan. 2005
By D. Scharowsky - Published on
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I got a recommendation for this ,checked the download on the NN website ,closed my eyes and jumped .

Got home and 35 seconds into the first track ,I was orbiting Mars .A monumental psych classic .The UK mag NME says it could be off the Beatle's Magical Mystery Tour but ,no bull ,its AS Good .There's no lame paisley cliches tho'in the gloriously acidic songwriting and tripped out arrangements.

Easily the best New Psych album I've ever heard hitting peaks throughout ,each play revealing new details and eerie sensations .There's a good balance here with the experimental abstract psychedelia never dominating the songs like say ,an OTC album might tend to, but at the same time you're never in doubt about the album's core of acidic inspiration.

Magnificent .
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Nick Nicely Nicely (re)Done 22 Jun. 2010
By Troubadour Versus The Sea Witch - Published on
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A perfect obscure gem of an album; electronic, ethereal, psychedelic, organic and pastoral. Though a re-issue, it still sounds as fresh as when it was released almost 30 years ago. Hurry and get it, because I am sure it will soon be out of print again. But it should be no surprise music of this beauty and complexity always flies way under the radar.
2 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Creative But Pointless 15 Aug. 2005
By Kurt Harding - Published on
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Since I am musically adventurous, I bought Psychotropia on a whim when a fellow prog rock aficionado recommended it to me. Needless to say, I was quite disappointed when I listened to it the first time and even more so when I listened several times again.

I'm not saying the CD is horrible. To me, its neither good nor bad. It just does nothing at all for me. The music is creative indeed (yes, I thought of the Beatles too) but it is a pointless exercise which does nothing to advance the essentially dead genre of psychedelic rock. I'm not even sure that the composers intended this to be listened to in any state but altered.

I might have liked this CD more when I was younger, more impressionable, and enjoying the sensual delights of the psychedelic era but then again maybe not. It seems that Mr Nicely is trying too hard for the psychedelic sound whereas with the Beatles and some others, it seemed like a natural part of their musical evolution.

Psychotropia will find favor with some, but I doubt it will be the spark of a psychedelic renaissance. Try it if you must, but remember this review.
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