Electric Coffee House is a collection of Byrds era inspired tracks. And I'm afraid suffers for it, making it one of the least enjoyable comps released by Psychic Circle. Wayward One by The Tiffany System is Byrds by numbers and pointless for it. Same could be said of The Energy Package. The singer for Clees Of Lavendar Hill imagines he's Bob Dylan, both vocally and lyrically and it's painfull. The Guilloteens from Memphis are of passing interest as they were championed by Elvis Presley. Vinnie Basile's Gypsy Girl, one of the better tracks here, was later released by Davy Jones. Liza Edwards lead singer of The Yankee Dollar does a passable Grace Slick meets Stevie Nicks on the Reflections Of A Shattered Mind - I can't make up my mind if, torwards the end, the record is scratched or purposely distorted. Best track by far is the sweet pop of 'There's Reason Why' by the Mama & Papa's sounding The Scandal.
I'm afraid the cause is not helped by a poor, tinny sound - many of the tracks sound as if they were sourced straight from vinyl - and well played vinyl at that. For tracks that feature sweet or soaring harmonies, this is a problem as they tend to sound muffled and ultimately you are left feeling rather frustrated. Byrds fans will no doubt enjoy spotting which Byrds track served as inspiration for many of the tracks found here but I can't imagine this comp being listened to much more than twice. Sleeve notes are good.