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We Are Ever So Clean [Original recording remastered, Import]

Blossom Toes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Airmail Japan
  • ASIN: B000EOTDXW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,164,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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We Are Ever So Clean is the stunning debut album by the band Blossom Toes. The album is one of the finest example of psychedelic pop that Britain produced. It has such a quintessentially British charm to it, much like The Village Green Preservation Society, with songs about alarm clocks, tea, hot air balloons and budgerigars. There is also a strong comedy element to the album, it has quite a whimsical sense of humour, especially the short spoken introductions to each track. It is that wonderful sense of humour that makes this album such a pleasure to listen to, it is certainly one of the happiest albums in my collection!

The band started out in 65/66 as The Ingoes, playing R&B music, until they were snapped up by Giorgio Gomelsky, renamed as the more psychedelic Blossom Toes, and signed up to his new Marmalade label. Jim Cregan and Brian Godding were the two main songwriters in the band, but it was Gomelsky who was responsible for sending them in a more psychedelic direction, bringing in session musicians to add overdubs to the basic tracks recorded by the band. The band apparently weren't too keen on this, but I think the results speak for themselves!

The album opens with Look At Me I'm You, which has a very interesting opening, I think it involves piano notes being played backwards and xylophones. There's something very disjointed sounding about the song, but it works so well, as does the backwards guitar breaks and flutes in the background. It is definately "psychedelic", and not a conventional pop song! I know I said that this was a very happy album, but the lyrics in this song are actually fairly bleak, with lyrics like "The air is black with coal dust from smokey chimney pots", and "poor old johnny, he was poorly" and so on.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHY is this Album not better known???? 23 Jun 2006
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I first heard of this album about a year ago (mid 2005) and eventually got a copy of it a few months later. I'm amazed this band and this album particularly is'nt better known.

This is soft-psyche at it's best. I have rarely heard such interesting chord sequences and vocal harmonies in what is essentially pop music, with the possible exception of the wonderful Brian Wilson.

The guitar work is superb. Not the wild freak-out guitar of Hendrix or early Clapton in fact there are no solos on the album at all, but there is a lot of well thought out guitar interplay which is reminiscent of early Steve Howe when he was in Tomorrow. This also reminds me at times of The Pretty Things (S F Sorrow), The Idle Race, The Move, The Left Banke and occasionally early Floyd (Piper....).

There are a few VERY silly songs on this, The Remarkable Saga Of The Frozen Dog and Mrs Murphy's Budgerigar to name but two. The only song that gets a little bit too silly for me is The Intrepid Balloonist's Handbook, Volume One. But hey this was the late sixties what do you expect.

For me this platter is worth the price for the absolutely beautiful Mister Watchmaker (marvelous string arrangement) and Telegram Tuesday, a song with possibly the shortest verse ever, one line and you're straight into the chorus.

It's a shame that their second album Only For A Moment wasn't anywhere near as inspired with them sounding like a slightly heavy version of Wishbone Ash, didn't work for me.

WE ARE EVER SO CLEAN.... buy it, I did and never looked back.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great discovery ! 23 Mar 2009
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Well after all these years of seeking quality psychedelia from the sixties it's great to still be able to discover new gems. Being intrigued after seeing their name in ads for the Middle Earth club and such I finally decided to get this, not quite sure what to expect and being quite fussy. I like that certain 'OOMPH' which many bands, much more well known than the Blossom Toes, so often lack. This is fresh, mature and very sophisticated in the harmonies and sound. Although the orchestration could have rendered it weak and twee, the intensity of the band is there and the orchestration really works (unlike the unfortunate Emotions album by the Pretty Things from the same time). The opener is right up there with the great British psychedelic marvels of the time ('Talkin' about the good times' by the Pretties, 'Flower King of Flies' by the Nice etc...). There are almost no bad songs, my least favorite being 'the Intrepid balloonist's Handbook' and all songs flow beautifully, underpinned by powerful bass and drums. The opening of 'Love is' is almost Caravan-like. Writing about each song would be tedious, but every one would be worth writing about.
The extra tracks are interesting. The so-called 'live' tracks seem to be radio or television recordings rather than concerts but interesting nonetheless in hearing 'simpler' versions. The three demos at the end give a tantalising glimpse of what another album in that vein could have sounded like.
All in all a brilliant discovery - Can't wait to hear the grittier sounds of the forthcoming live performances...
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5.0 out of 5 stars We are ever so entertaining 4 Jun 2008
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This CD is brilliant. It is so endearing with its vision of intelligent, quirky British psychedelic pop . " I'll be Late for Tea", is an example, of this, as is " Telegram Tuesday". " The Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog" has always been my best, it is so far off the wall in its period imagery. The quality of the musicians is indisputable and it has a friendly, believable feel to it , i.e. the gentler side of 1967, as opposed to the forced Beatles effort of that year .David Whittaker's Orchestration is to be congratulated, it makes the Album. Their follow up " If Only For A Moment" was Rock orientated effort, but that's the Sixties for you, a swirling mist of change. So enjoy this CD - a time capsule of Excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blossomed of toe, clean of heel
What do you want from your British psychedelia? If it's songs about silly little frozen dogs and the people of the royal parks then look no further because Blossom Toes had them,... Read more
Published on 4 Sep 2010 by N. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Toytown psychedelia at its best
Twee, humourous, vibrant, psychedelic, fun, melodic, whimsical - Yep, you name it this album is all of these and it's all the better for it. Read more
Published on 25 Sep 2009 by N. Watts
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album ( well I like it) a review by Rob Marsh
I was provoked into writing a review for this CD ( my first ever, by the way) after reading the first review posted. Read more
Published on 31 July 2007 by Robert Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a pop-sike gem!
Let me just say that this album is everything it's said be, and that the review below probably reflects the view of someone who prefers hard rock to pop music.
Published on 31 July 2007 by Even Johan Ottersland
2.0 out of 5 stars Not The Popsike Classic People Claim
I have had a vinyl copy of "If Only For a Moment" for years and regard it as one of the better rock LPs in my collection. Read more
Published on 13 July 2007 by Nick Beal
5.0 out of 5 stars Formative Rock Album
This album and "If Only for a Moment" were gound breaking albums and paved the way for bands like Wishbone Ash and subsequently Thin Lizzy in the use of harmony twin-lead guitars. Read more
Published on 8 April 2007 by Kenneth Gadd
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