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Psychedelic Days: 1960-1969
Psychedelic Days: 1960-1969
by Mr Patrick Campbell-Lyons
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Chasing rainbows (but possibly not in Belgium)......, 20 Jun. 2015
A thoroughly enjoyable, conversational and personal jaunt through the sixties through the eyes of Mr Campbell Lyons. I emphasise personal as there is no wider analysis or comment on social or cultural concerns although the French TV show with Salvador Dali was certainly a very distinct and possibly unique cultural encounter!
The writer was of course in Nirvana; creators of sophisticated, baroque sounding psychedelic pop. Many great bands come and go but few leave us with a stone classic; Nirvana did with Rainbow Chaser, a Greco-Celt, phased strings master-work.
The book is very much the story of Patrick's own small corner of psychedelia but the pre-fame connectedness of many of the musicians mentioned is fascinating. We have Speedy Keen, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Mick Jagger and Mr Hendrix all popping up as bit part players in the narrative.
Even if you've read most of the admittedly numerous books covering the sixties this is well worth a go. It's unpretentious, candid and quite charming. It is a little short but the only disappointment was that it ended all too quickly, a little like the era itself (not that I was around).
I'd certainly like a follow up Mr Campbell-Lyons!

Short Movie
Short Movie
Price: £5.99

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What's with the accent?, 15 April 2015
This review is from: Short Movie (Audio CD)
I'm astonished that there has been no clear mention of Laura Marling adopting what at times is a preposterous American accent and lyrical bent. Frankly I find it difficult to listen to this record as a result. An American friend thought that she was trying to sound Canadian but settled on Idaho...... For an home counties English person this presents as a little bizarre.
Musically the record is a move to a more muscular electric sound that in itself is fine and pushes in P.J Harvey direction; the latter of course sings with a distinctly American drawl despite coming from Devon.
For an example, it would have been truly laughable if when recording in London Michael Stipe adopted an English accent.
On the whole the record is reasonable but demeaned by the above. It feels distinctly phoney. Courtney Barnett sings with her Australian lilt fully intact and is all the better for it; you can believe it. We don't want Laura Marling doing a Joss Stone.
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Forever So
Forever So
Price: £12.55

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful debut., 2 Oct. 2012
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This review is from: Forever So (Audio CD)
Many will compare Husky to Fleet Foxes and Midlake. True there are number of instrumental passages that bear resemblance as do some of the vocal arrangements. I hear elements of John Barry as the arrangements are pretty impressively atmospheric.
While the album as a whole may not have the highs of the aforementiond bands I think the song writing is more consistent and arguably more interesting. There is no lull in the proceedings; the album flows well and keeps your interest throughout.
The production has as Neil Young would say 'the spook' and the album unfolds the more you listen to it. The arrangements are consistently great and there are subtle gear changes that keep you wrapped up in it. Lyrically it is quite enigmatic and in some way that sums up the music; elegantly enigmatic. For a debut album it really is quite an achievement and it's a little suprising they haven't made a bigger splash. It's a bit of a cliche but this recording is the architypal 'grower' and should grow in reputation.

Cut Your Key
Cut Your Key
Price: £10.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a discovery!, 14 Aug. 2011
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This review is from: Cut Your Key (Audio CD)
I admit to being completely unaware of this band until stumbling across them playing a low key;no pun intended, set at the Big Chill festival's White Rabbit Lounge. They and a number of other groups were part of an 'exploration of psychedelia'.....whatever that means.
This album is a revelation.Fifteen short songs of superbly mellow psych pop. Predominantly acoustic guitar based with harpsicords, mellotrons, melodic bass etc. Very Beatles routed also reminding me of the Left Banke and Emitt Rhodes' first solo lp plus his earlier group the Merry Go Round.
This album should be a hailed as a minor classic within it's genre. UK psychedelia at its very best.It will not disappoint!

The Byrds: Ep [DVD] [2003]
The Byrds: Ep [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ The Byrds

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Late period Byrds, musically the most accomplished., 4 Jan. 2004
This review is from: The Byrds: Ep [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
This DVD is made up of 4 tracks recorded for German tv circa 1972. The tracks are Black Mountain Rag,So You Want to be a Rock and Roll Star,Chestnut Mare and Eight Miles High.
It`s important to note that tracks one and four are instrumental, with Eight Miles High being a long and virtually unrecognisable jam, significant emphasis being placed upon the bass skills of the late Skip Battin!
Don`t be put off though,this line up was musically unbeatable and although the performances are a little' rough around the edges' there is much to recommend it.First and foremost it gives you the chance to SEE Clarence White play.There`s no rock posturing, rather a cool bluegrass style delivery and the sound is given added muscle by Jim Seiter on percussion.You get to see the frightenly talented Gene Parsons playing drums and some banjo with 'groovy' camera work and an animated Roger McGuin making Chestnut Mare alone worthy of investment!

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