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5.0 out of 5 stars Endless delight of vintage pop/psych, 29 July 2012
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This review is from: Restless Night (Audio CD)
"Musically we're talking pretty commercial pop/rock with just the occasional hint of psychedelia" (Tapestry of Delights: Revisited - more or less the same verdict applies to the sacred cow of show business. "Octopus" were less fortunate and a bit too late to claim their share of fame, but they were blessed with the same rare gift of songwriting as Fab Four, to whom they are equal in many aspects, while in some aspects I found them superior - the vocals are different from high-pitched, syrupy and nasal unison whining which was standard for British pop, inherited from pre- and post-war music hall culture.
I confessed on several occasions already that I admire more heavier music, but the album is sheer delight and far too good to miss, it's one of these rare treasure chests full of melodies easy to remember and impossible to forget. Top-rate pop harmonies (Beatles-influenced) craftily blended with a hint of psychedelia and venturing into prog.
Although the muse of history regretfully doesn't have the word "if" in her vocabulary, - if only "Octopus" would have been signed to another label/manager, their destiny could have been totally different.
The band started in 1963 as The Cortinas by Paul Griggs (who was 19 at the time) joined by his younger brother Nigel (who was 14); the name was changed to "Octopus' in 1968. In 1969 through Tony Murray (bass guitarist of The Troggs) they've got introduced to Larry Page, and signed to his Penny Farthing label. Page (who at a time was touring with Cliff Richard and preceded Elton John with huge spectacles) was trying to repeat the success of his previous label, Page One Records, and although he had his share in The Troggs and The Kinks, no sufficient advertising budget and distribution were at hand. The debut album of "Octopus" sold merely 500 copies.
This excellent re-issue on Rev-Ola/Cherry Red has all 10 songs from the original LP, plus two amazing tracks dropped by Larry Page ("I Was So Young" and "Orchard Bloom"), plus not less than 10 previously unreleased tracks, including flawless rendition of "I Am The Walrus" (live) and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite (also live).
Needless to say that as usual it comes with well researched leaflet (written by Stefan Granados) full of information and rare photos. In fact, it covers the whole heritage of "Octopus" and is an impressive testimony of versatile talent.
Worth every penny, and even more - simply must have
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5.0 out of 5 stars One more very good pop album!4,5 stars., 21 Oct. 2012
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They were from Hatfield and began life as the Cortinas.They were discovered by Tony Murray of the Troggs and having changed their name to Octopus,signed to Larry Page's newly-estabilished Penny Farthing label. The original Lp is now extremely rare which then sold for only 500 copyes.Musically it's pretty commercial(Beatlesque) pop with the occasional flavours of psychedelia and some progressive styles.This Rev-Ola reissue includes full for the first time album and ten bonus tracks!The sound is superb from original master tapes.Highly recommended.
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