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4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Perfect...., 16 Nov. 2003
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Chick Copp (Chuluota, Florida) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Psychedelic Scene (Audio CD)
This is a nice slice of the hippy trippy psych scene from the 60s, sometimes the definition of "Psychedelic" can be a tad too loose, backward guitars and tablas don't ALWAYS mean psych, but this is an excellent primer for those wanting to dip a tie dyed toe into the waters of pschedelia, you will find buried treasures of long "forgotten" bands such as The Syn and Timebox, with the classic "In Your Tower" by The Poets, not to be missed!! Radio 1 never played any of these tracks, or these artists, the BBC have a lot to answer to, they ignored most of what was happening in the 60s, I mean...Easy Beat was still playing Trad Jazz for goodness sake, shame on YOU Brian Matthews!!! So most radio listeners did miss out on this great tradition of British Psych, Soooo catch up now!! Buy this CD!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly far-ish out..., 26 Nov. 2000
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This review is from: The Psychedelic Scene (Audio CD)
Those of you who draw inspiration from that transitional era 1965 to 1971 will no doubt be familiar with the "Circus Days" & the "Rubble" series. This CD focuses much more tightly on the years 67-68. Lyrically, the usual naive early psychedelia subject matter are present & correct:dreams/mind/colours/night/sadness and general surrealness crop up regularly. Musically,"Strawberry Fields" & "I Am The Walrus" influences are sprayed all over this record like a day-glo rash, but unfortunately most of the time it's carried off with less panache than the Fabs.
For instance The End's Traffic-influenced "Shades of Orange" starts off well but kind of sags towards the end (with Charlie Watts guesting on tabla, Stones' completists!!), but it's not too bad. Similarly the tracks by Curiosity Shoppe, The Attack, The Accent and Human Instinct all start off with a good idea that doesn't quite gel, but again, are very listenable.
There are standout tracks, The Poets "In Your Tower" being one, but these are however, mainly by people who had a successful musical career beyond this era (Moody Blues, Al Stewart) & the real standout track (as you'd expect) is the Small Faces track "That Man". It's easy to see with hindsight exactly why these tracks were not hits when they were first released..... Musicolgists of a Pete Frame disposiiton will have additional fun figuring out which of the more obscure groups went on to provide personnel for bands (note the change to a more seventies word) that really did hit the big time later on. Like wow, heavy man, I'm not telling you...part with some bread and find out yourself!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic!, 4 Feb. 2001
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Laura Smith (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Psychedelic Scene (Audio CD)
Well, I'm the first to admit that psychedelia is not top of my musical priorities list, but I really enjoyed this CD. Nothing too weird or obscure, it just gently introduces you to the wonderful world of psych!
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