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  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Grapefruit
  • ASIN: B002NV9A8C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,144 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Emily Small (The Huge World Thereof)
2. Silver Paper Dress
3. At The Third Stroke
4. Can You See Me
5. Your Dog Won't Bark
6. How Could You Say You're Leaving Me
7. Gone Gone Gone
8. Twiggs
9. Tumble Down World
10. Visions Of Johanna
11. Come & Sing A Song
12. Her Name Is Easy
13. Rosemarys Blubell Day
14. Gunny Sunside
15. Country Girl
16. No One Else Can See
17. Yellow Rainbow
18. I Know, She Believes
19. Evenings With Corinna
20. My Best Friend
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description

The band (essentially a duo comprising Rod Edwards and Roger Hand, who would later record as Edwards Hand) flourished briefly in the late 60's releasing this one album. With them is the cream of UK session men including Danny Thompson (bass), Alan Hawkshaw (keys), Herbie Flowers (bass) and Harold McNair (flute). The Picadilly Line even managed an appearance at The Middle Earth club in London, the then hallowed centre of the UK psychedelic scene.
The album is breezy post Sgt Pepper psychedelic pop with plenty of swinging London vibes, orchestration and evocative whimsical lyrics. Reference points are a psychedelic Hollies, Chad and Jeremy (circa Of Cabbages and Kings) Nirvana, Kaleidoscope (UK), World Of Oz, Donovan and The Bee Gees. Filled with beautiful dreamy vocal harmonies and elaborate
electric and acoustic arrangements this is a real trip back to the height of UK Flower Power. All material is original except for a great version of Dylan's ‘Visions of Johanna’ and The Everly Brothers ‘Gone, Gone Gone’. This gorgeous reissue is housed in a reproduction of the original sleeve. Features ten unreleased bonus tracks exclusive to this CD, including their non-album singles ‘Yellow Rainbow’ / ‘Evenings With Corrina’ and ‘Evenings With Corrina’ / ‘My Best Friend’, both from 1968.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 May 2013
Format: Audio CD
The Huge World of Emily Small was an English pop album recorded during 1967. The Band Picadilly line were actually Rod Edwards and Roger Hand who would later record as Edwards Hand.
This album was heavily promoted but failed to get any significant recognition. This is a shame because actually it is artistically a truly interesting album.
I doubt that it had enough commercial potential for it to ever be a real hit at the time. And possibly its true potentiality can only be seen as a retro slice of sixties artistic psychedelic pop.
Don't get me wrong this isn't the sort of out of your head type of psychedelic creation. Its just got psychedelic influences that echo other sixties moods.

However the album is rich with many serious session musicians that included the likes of Danny Thompson and Herbie Flowers on bass and Alan Hawkshire on keys.
There are strong songs with a atmosphere of ethereal beauty. The whole project has whimsical lyrics with poetic charm that seems to sum up the era of the Summer of Love and the era of flower power sense of peace, harmony and beauty. The album is not the psychedelic experimental sound of other albums, instead there are elements that mix Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan, The Hollies, Nirvana and the Beatles flavourings, The album has breezy and evocative swinging London vibes complete with great orchestral passages and sweet acoustic moments.
As I said, it maybe that the album would have more appeal post 1960s as a retro vision of the stereotypical swinging sixties.
Most of the songs are wonderful originals and the album includes a cover version of Bob Dylan's Visions of Johanna and the Everly Brothers Gone Gone Gone.
The huge world of Emily small is a sort of a concept album.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Sir Elias Dee on 23 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lets' face it, apart from Pink Floyd, Tomorrow and The Beatles most other so called UK Psychedelic bands were just pop acts dabbling in the trendy sounds of the era. It wasn't until 1969 and the Ladbroke Grove Scene took hold (Hawkwind Pink, Fairies, Quintessence) that things started to get anywhere near as weird as they had been in America in the mid '60's. However if you are a fan of the UK 60's harmony Psike sound (as opposed to psych)then the Picadilly Line's sole album is well worth investigating. Featuring future Edwards Hand founders Roger Hand and Rod Edwards (also later in Jade) the band actually played at legendary psychedelic venues UFO and Middle Earth, which wins them at least a bonus point! However I disagree with the previous reviewer that this band was mediocre and the fact that the album was produced by Donovan's producer, John Cameron and features the same backing band used on Sunshine Superman adds weight to the quality of their recordings. The ten bonus tracks are certainly worthwhile and a number of which are previously unreleased are in a heavier direction with the odd psych/prog move. The detailed booklet with photos and band history clearly define this band as part of the scene. The mastering could be better but at least it's endorsed by the band and the bonus tracks are unavailable elsewhere. Not psychedelic but not presented as such either!
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12 of 19 people found the following review helpful By the mild-mannered janitor on 15 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD
One of the benefits of the digital age is that easy access has been given to a number of previously rare, mythical or simply unknown recordings. The Picadilly Line were one of numerous British mid 60s bands who issued a handful of unsuccessful singles, but were among the very few who secured a contract for a whole album.

Publicity material for this first reissue of the long-player refer to "post-Sergeant Pepper psychedelic pop" and make comparisons with Kaleidoscope and World Of Oz. Sadly this is yet another example of reality failing to match the hype. The album is deadly dull and ultra-lightweight, sounding closer to pre-Beatles folk duos than anything lysergic-inspired. I would personally rate it some way below the Paper Bubble album on Deram, and that's hardly an album to set your brain alight. Perhaps a more obvious reason for the lack of previous reissue is that no-one really cares for the album.

It is worth noting also that despite the claims to have been taken from the original masters, the sound quality throughout is distinctly lo-fi.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Sunshine Pop!!! 27 Dec. 2013
By Jackson - Published on
Format: Audio CD
While I agree with the previous review that Picadilly Line was not really a Psychedelic Pop band, I totally disagree with the rest of the review. I agree that the Psychedelic label is overused and should only refer to more experimental pop/rock offerings. This release is not experimental at all, but that doesn't distract from its excellency.

Picadilly Line was a first rate Sunshine Pop band with perfect harmonies, excellent songs and a great sound overall. They were similar to The Association, The Cyrkle, Harpers Bizarre, and a little bit like Donovan but much more upbeat. They were not so much a folky singer/songwriter band than they were a fun pop band with great vocals that you will never hear in modern music. They also sound like a more serious version of the Monkees at times.

Basically, Sunshine Pop is a style of music which began in the mid to late 1960's. It is a combination of folk music and a harmony vocal style that has its roots in 1950's doowop music and also The Everly Brothers.
The roots of doowop and the Everly Brothers were then carried on into the early 1960's by the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, and so on.
By the mid 1960's, Bob Dylan's folk sound became more and more popular. Bands like The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Association continued evolving the style into a more reflective mood by incorporating the folk influence while retaining the original positive upbeat pop sound of the 1950's.
By the later part of the 1960's, hundreds of bands were emulating this folk/pop hybrid and putting out recordings. Some were more folky like the Byrds, while others were more of a "Feelin' Groovy" type of Sunshine Pop vibe. This is where Picadilly Line fits in.

Bands have been trying to emulate this Sunshine Pop 60's sound for four decades now, without much success. What set these 60 's bands like Picadilly Line, The Association, The Sunshine Company, and Harpers Bizarre apart from the later emulators? It has to do with the purity of the recording and the quality of the vocals.

The point here is that when you listen to a recording like "The Huge World of Emily Small", you aren't listening to a random old pop recording. You are listening to brilliantly recorded instruments, REAL strings, REAL instruments, top-notch vocals recorded with ribbon mics and tube mixing consoles.
You aren't listening to musicians multi-tracking overdubs during their spare time, you are listening to a group of musicians playing together in a room with two or three microphones total and the vocalists all singing together as the music is played live.

As far as the Donovan influence on this recording, there is an aspect of Donovan that comes to mind with the sound of the vocals, guitars, etc. However, it is really the excellent harmony vocals and the more upbeat sound that separates this music from the music of Donovan. The style of songwriting for Picadilly Line is also less reflective and a little more simplistic than that of Donovan, which again puts Picadilly Line into the Sunshine Pop realm.

There are many bands from the 60's like Picadilly Line that put out beautiful Sunshine Pop recordings, too many to list here. They are ALL worth listening to. Once you realize the importance of purity of these recordings, you won't go back and listen to modern garbage anymore.
Now there are a few modern bands that have a good 60's sound, like Teenage Fanclub, Band of Bees, and a few others. But even these modern bands can't really get that true 60's sound.

These recordings like Picadilly Line are brilliant and you should listen to as much music like this as you can because it is all available now for fairly cheap. Why waste your money on modern computer recorded music when you can get the real thing?
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Pretty but not very psych 6 Jun. 2008
By Barry P. S. - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a fey 1960's pop band with much orchestration to their sound....a very light listen,as opposed to the "psych" classic the write-up promises.

It's pleasant,...but not an amazing psych relic. More to the taste of flower pop fans, the lightest of Donovan songs(if you catch my drift,Sunshine Superman?)...ahem....
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