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  • Audio CD (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B000FILWRM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,747 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Because It Wouldn't Pay Johnny Handle - Johnny Handle
4. Spanish Ladies Medley Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy & Diz Disley - Dave Swarbrick
5. Arnold Layne Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd
6. Granny Takes A Trip The Purple Gang - The Purple Gang
7. She's Gone Soft Machine - Soft Machine
8. If I Had A Ribbon Bow Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention
9. Seven Yellow Gypsies Shirley Collins - Shirley Collins
10. Chinese White The Incredible String Band - The Incredible String Band
11. Autopsy Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention
12. The Deserter Fairport Convention - Fairport Convention
13. Poor Boy Nick Drake - Nick Drake
14. The Sea Fotheringay - Fotheringay
15. Flowers Of The Forest Mike Heron - Mike Heron
16. Come Wind Come Rain Vashti Bunyan - Vashti Bunyan
17. Primrose Hill John & Beverley Martyn - John and Beverley Martyn
18. Afraid Nico - The New Nadir
19. I Don't Mind The New Nadir (Previously Unreleased) - Dudu Pakwana
20. Andromeda Chris Mcgregor's Brotherhood Of Breath - Chris McGregor's Brotherhood Of Breath
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More than any other 60s music biography Joe Boyd's 'White Bicycles' offers the real story of what it was like to be there at the time. When the summer of love got going, Joe was running the coolest club in London, the UFO; when a bunch of club regulars called Pink Floyd recorded their first single, Joe was the producer; when a young songwriter named Nick Drake wanted to give his demo tape to someone, he chose Joe Boyd. This unique CD gathers together the full range of production work undertaken by Joe Boyd and his Witchseason production company, including several rare and previously unreleased recordings. Recordings have been licensed from all the major record labels. White Bicycles is released with full approval and co-operation from Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, Eric Clapton and the Nick Drake Estate; as well as EMI, Universal, Warners, Topic and Sony BMG. Carefully remastered. Cover artwork by Nigel Weymouth. Deluxe digipac with full-colour large format booklet. Extensive sleevenotes by Joe Boyd. Previously unpublished photographs and rare ephemera. "This CD is a magical and insighftful overview of music making in late 1960s London in one discrete package."

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME on 18 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
To tie in with Joe Boyd's excellent memoir of the same name (a book I'm currently reading & has found praise from Brian Eno, Zoe Heller and Nick Kent - as good as Barry Miles' `In the Sixties'), this 23-track compilation has surfaced. An ideal companion to put on repeat/shuffle as you read the book, alongside key albums produced by Joe Boyd: Nick Drake's `Five Leaves Left/Bryter Later', Fairport Convention's `Liege & Lief', Vashti Bunyan's `Just Another Diamond Day' & Incredible String Band's `The 5000 Spirits or the Layers of the Onion.' Like recent compilations `Rip It Up & Start Again', Paul Morley's `North By North-West' and the Duran-selection `Only After Dark' it shows that the compilation is in rude form, and this is one to buy alongside Rhino's welcome reissue of Lenny Kaye's original `Nuggets.'

Joe Boyd's adventures in the UK, and subsequent work on Hannibal records remains a source of much great music - Robert Wyatt's `Rock Bottom' remains one of the greatest albums released, so for releasing that alone...& Boyd also produced my favourite R.E.M. album, 1985's Southern-themed `Fables of the Reconstruction of the Fables' (which was recorded in London). These 23 tracks take in the career discussed in the autobiography, Boyd's work generally centred on acoustic/folk-based work, but did take in psychedelia with The Purple Gang's `Granny Takes a Trip' and the Pink Floyd's timeless `Arnold Layne', which is surely one of the greatest singles of all time ever ever ever? Poor Syd left behind some great songs and `Arnold Layne' certainly one of them - nice to see David Gilmour/Rick Wright playing it again, I wonder if they'll release the version they did with Bowie on lead vocals?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Radcliffe on 17 Feb. 2013
Format: Audio CD
White Bicycles encompasses a time when many changes were occurring on the music scene, with the emergence of folk rock, singer songwriters, and new inventive sounds from Pink Floyd for example.
Joe Boyd has gathered together an eclectic mix of all that was good about music in the late 60's.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Wicks on 16 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Interesting & varied selection of Joe Boyd's work. Bought it to follow-up his book of the same name, but disappointed it didn't have "White Bicycle" itself on the album.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
A companion piece 7 May 2007
By E.I.E.I. Owen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This CD is basically a companion piece to Joe Boyd's book of the same name containing key selections of the bands he produced / managed. Joe Boyd was an American who helped shape the careers of Fairport Convention, Sandy Denny, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band, Pink Floyd and others by being a great producer and even greater manger with enough understanding about the music biz and the musicians under his Witchseason Productions company. I could go on but if your interested into what was happening in swinging London during the mid to late 60's than get this along with Boyd's book and you can have fun with a "six-degrees-of-separation" involving key players in the music business of the 1960's.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great CD for a great book. 11 Nov. 2009
By B Lee - Published on Amazon.com
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An awesome British folk-rock primer. Only short of 5 stars for lack of a second disc.

Buy the book too -- a fascinating journey.

The only thing better than either would be a documentary.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Read the book - buy the individual artist's albums 21 Nov. 2010
By hot4hypatia - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved the book (see my review here as well) but I think Joe seriously overrates some of these artists; maybe because they were such good 'mates' way back when.
Richard Thompson is an excellent guitarist, but this isn't his best stuff. Most of the other music has aged badly and the styles/artists really didn't much influence the music that followed. Joe says they did but I really don't see it.

The Nick Drake and Sandy Denny pieces are excellent, but I'd buy their albums instead of this one.
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New Nadir track 18 11 Mar. 2014
By Carmen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I haven't head this whole CD but my friend told me about track # 18 called I DON'T MIND by The New Nadir and I have to state that it is a rip off of my father's song called BLUES FOR YNA YNA! My father is a jazz musician named Gerald Wilson. He wrote Blues for Yna Yna around 1961 and recorded it on Pacific Jazz. You can still find it. I don't know who wrote the rip off version, think it's a guy named Edward Carter but it's been recorded by this New Nadir on this CD and also a Linda Peters has a version with Elton John.
I don't mind came out aroudn 1968 so you do the math. The melody is totally lifted from my dad's song.

After all these years, I just heard it today and it's very shameful the blatant theivery of my dad's tune. They used my dad's music and just added some lame words. I guess the producer Joe Boyd is also somewhat responsible. My dad is 95 and still going strong in the jazz world. I'm sure the CD has some ORIGINAL good stuff but I just got to get the word out that The New Nadir son is a rip off!!!
He made great record, another George Martin 5 May 2015
By M. Garland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Very hip collection, especially after meeting Producer Joe Boyd. He made great record, another George Martin, this one a yank!
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