In the wake of the English Invasion, label owner Bob Shad criss-crossed the US, scouring the local scenes for the "next big thing" and signing up numerous hopefuls for one-shot deals to his various labels (Mainstream, Brent, Shad, and Time). Viewed retrospectively, he struck a rich vein of talented bands; however few of them had, or would go on to have, commercial success at the time (Big Brother and The Holding Co. and The Amboy Dukes/Ted Nugent being the exceptions).
A Pot Of Flowers was a snapshot sampler of Northern California's Bay Area scene
and has been a favourite with collectors of garage/psych since the 70s. A quartet of obscure garage bands - Euphoria, Harbinger Complex, The Other Side, and The Wildflower - provided a dozen tracks which evoke the sounds of 1966-67 and the crossover of garage-punk to psychedelia.
As with previous volumes in his "Nuggets From The Golden State" series on Big beat, researcher Alec Palao has done a magnificient job. He presents the story behind the LP and the bands in a booklet crammed with painstakingly researched details and photos. No less than fourteen bonus tracks have been added; these comprise mono single versions of four of the LP tracks plus ten tracks by related/other Bay Area bands (Ariel, Ban, Montells, New Dawn, Thee Unusuals, The Word) - six released on Mainstream/Brent 45s and four previously unreleased.
Unreservedly recommended, even if you have the original LP.