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Spirit Of Joy: Tales From The Polydor Underground 1967-1974 [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (25 Aug 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001BG2X70
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Prelude - Nightmare Fire Poem Fire - Arthur Brown
2. Fire Poem - Arthur Brown
3. Fire - Various Artists
4. How Does It Feel To Feel - The Creation
5. Feelin', Reelin', Squealin' - The Soft Machine
6. Good Times - Eric Burdon & The Animals
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Amazing Journey - The Who
2. Weird Of Hermiston - Jack Bruce
3. Banquet - Audience
4. Break-Out - Julie Driscoll
5. Something In The Air - Thunderclap Newman
6. Extrapolation - John McLaughlin
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Prologue - The Pink Fairies
2. Right On Fight On - The Pink Fairies
3. Naked Eye - The Who
4. There's A Forest - Jack Bruce
5. Morning Story - Jack Bruce
6. A Better Land - Brian Auger's Oblivion Express
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Product Description

Product Description

Between the years of 1967 and 1974 Polydor was one of the most "progressive" of labels along with Decca, Island Records and Vertigo. Spirit of Joy celebrates those heady days with 40 tracks from the cream of Polydor including songs by Audience, Arthur Brown, Jack Bruce, Cream, Pink Fairies, Soft Machine, The Who and many more. This 3CD set in a clamshell box also contains a 48 page booklet containing sleevenotes by Mark Powell, biogs and rare photographs.

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Underground???? 30 Aug 2008
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Hot on the heels of "Strange Pleasures" (the second 3 CD Decca/Deram box set of late 60's/early 70's underground sounds) Universal Music has again let Esoteric Records boss Mark Powell loose in its vaults. After issuing similar box sets of Vertigo material and the aforementioned Decca/Derams, Mark (teamed again with maestro Paschal Byrne at the mixing desk and the highly creative Phil Smee in the design room) has produced another excellent offering. As with the aforementioned releases,the packaging is first rate. The 3 cds come in their own mini fake aged LP sleeves accompanied by an informative 48 page booklet with a section per artiste and plenty of rare photos/original album covers. In his introduction, Powell also gives a history of the label and how it came to acquire the MGM Verve catalogue, Giorgio Gomelsky's Marmalade label and its links with Track and Reaction which allow this box set a far wider selection of material than would have applied to the main Polydor imprint alone.

Polydor was not however a label I associated with the "underground". After all it was, at heart, a major German classical label and its pop/rock roster included mega selling bands such as Cream (on Robert Stigwood's Reaction imprint)and the Who (on the Who management's Track label) both of which feature strongly here. This set also boasts top 10 singles by Thunderclap Newman, Julie Driscoll and Arthur Brown - so hardly qualification as an underground label. However the inclusion of material by Ladbroke Grove's Pink Fairies, unknowns like the Web and Second Hand plus obscure singles by Van Der Graaf Generator (slightly manic) and Jethro Tull go a long way to establishing real underground credentials.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Joy 30 Aug 2008
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In recent years Universal has been releasing a series of progressive and/or psychedlic collections and this one is up there with the best. It has a great balance of hit songs such as Thunderclap Newman's 'Something In The Air', Focus 'Hocus Pocus', Julie Driscoll's 'This Wheel's On Fire' and Arthur Brown's 'Fire' and rarities which are either difficult to track down or you've ever heard of.

It features a roster of great Polydor artists from 1967-1974 such as Cream, The Who, Taste, Jack Bruce and Fairport Convention and there is high quality of material throughout the 50 tracks, which starts of with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's 'Fire' suite and closes Focus 'Hocus Pocus'.

If you have the likes of Decca's 'Strange Pleasures - Further Sounds Of The Decca Underground', Harvest's 'Breath of Fresh Air' or 'Time Machine - A Vertigo Retrospective' then you will have an idea of what to expect from this collection of well known songs and obscurities from the late 60's/early 1970's. It really is a worthwhile investment if you are into the Prog/Psych music from the era.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfull!!! 4 Jun 2009
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Initially my only interest in buying the compilation was to hear both tracks by Van der Graaf Generator. Previously the tracks were only available on Repertoire CD release of their Aerosol Grey Machine as bonus tracks.
But when I start listening to the entire compilation from the beginning I was just totally blown away by the music!!! I've opened many great names not known to me before! Spirit of that time and of course JOY is very much notable!!! Very sad that the time gone, but we have such invaluable document to keep memory alive!
I never heard most of tracks before but I must confess that sound quality is excellent at all! Today not many modern releases can boast such brilliant sound! The sound engineers those days were heroes! As of VdGG tracks.... They were definitely remastered, so that now they sound more comfortable than before.
And at the end - packaging. That's fantastic! Having opened it I recollected old cartoon tape boxes! Very nice and moving!
Thank you guys at Polydor/Universal for this great compilation. These days, when many (hopefully not most) people went lo-fi (damn the bloody mp3), this sort of rare releases can be a ray of hope for those who still know/remember what is real EMOTIONS, real MUSIC and real HI-FI!
God bless the creators.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey from Psychedelia to Prog Rock 12 May 2010
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Ah the memories ! The late 60's and early 70's were my teens and therefore the music of that time still plays a large part in my listening. This box set shows off Polydor's acts of the time to good effect. Unlike other similar box sets from Liberty/UA, Vertigo and Island it doesn't duplicate at all Polydor's vinyl sampler of the time "Bombers" so a lot of the tracks are "new". A bargain reminder of one's lost youth.
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2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing 18 Jun 2009
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I'm afraid I was expecting something completely different as I usually buy folf/rock and this was recommended for my wish list.
I was more prog/rock with a few decent tracks!
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