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QualiTy with a capital "T"!!!,
This review is from: Part Of My Past (Audio CD)
I was interested to get this CD, as I had heard some more obscure Simon Dupree tracks on some mod and psych compilations, and was keen to hear some more. And boy, was I impressed with what I heard!
This double CD includes everything the group recorded, between the years 1966-1969. Kicking off with their first, garagey/punky singles ("I See The Light" and "Reservations"), we then get the whole of their LP ("Without Reservations"), followed by their post-"Kites" flop singles. All of these selections show just what a strong group Simon Dupree and the Big Sound were (and no, none of them was actually called Simon Dupree!). Most of the material is self penned, and the quality of the songs is consistent throughout. Highlight tracks for me are "She Gave Me The Sun", "Get Off My Bach" and "What Is Soul". Special mention should also be made of "We Are The Moles" by The Moles; Simon Dupree et al actting under a different name to try and confuse people (many at the time thought it was The Beatles - understandable, as at times it does sound like John Lennon's voice, and this song is somewhat similar to "I Am The Walrus").
CD 2 features their unreleased second LP, and a mono mix of their first one. Whilst the quality isn't up to that of "Without Reservations", this aborted second outing does feature what is possibly one of the most evocative, wistful and simply downright brilliant psychedelic track EVER recorded - "Castles In The Sky". I can't really describe it any better - just hear it and you'll know what I mean.
For anyone who likes 60s blue-eyed soul, mod or psych, this is the CD for you. I recommend it you, "without reservation".