Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-1969 Box set
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Lovingly compiled by those scholarly scribes at Mojo magazine (and with excellent sleeve notes from genre connoisseur Jon Savage), the 72-track, four-CD box set Acid Drops. Spacedust and Flying Saucers is a veritable encylopedia of British 60s psychedelic pop. Come, let us leave our monochrome 21st-century adult lives and climb the technicolour loft-ladder into an enchanted and forgotten childhood attic of benzedrine bedtime stories, liquorice allsorts, toy trains, rainbow trees and--in the case of Mandrake Paddle Steamer--strange men walking across the lawn. As Acid Drops correctly points out, American psychedelia was all about napalm guitars, carbon monoxide poisoning and "they're coming to take me away to Vietnam" psychosis. However, its cuddly, post-ration book British sibling was more concerned with sniffing the school chemistry set, eating sweets and something or other to do with gardening. Thus, beat-band blokes from such unlikely places as Scunthorpe, Hove and Hounslow set sail for new musical horizons--possibly on flying carpets made out of flutes and mellotrons--with the pioneering zeal of Victorian free-thinkers. Aside from cult cornerstone classics by The Poets, Timebox, Kaleidoscope, David McWilliams, Amazing Friendly Apple (whose "Magician" really does sound like the work of mysterious robed men with long white beards) and World Of Oz (although surely the pervy nursery rhyme "Muffin Man" would have been a better choice than "Peter's Birthday"), Acid Drops boasts plenty of familiar hit parade fare from The Move, Donovan, The Yardbirds. The Hollies et al, plus obscurities galore. Who, exactly, were proto-punk freak-beat exponents Allen Pound's Get Rich and how come they sounded like Adam and The Ants 11 years before the event? Bamboo Shoot? Nope, us neither--nor the compilers. With such notable absentees as Svensk and Dantalion's Chariot, a whole tangential area of weird-folk to explore and with EMI holding the magic key to the locked cupboard of early Floyd outtakes, here's hoping this essential, un-put-downable box set is the first in a very, very long series. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
There are a few other grips that must be mentioned. Each CD has a short running time and it is a wonder why EMI held back to only 18 tracks per CD, whilst Rhino made the effort to fill their Nuggets set to spilling point. Also, why is the beginning of the psyche classic 'My Friend Jack' cut spoiling the impact of the track.Read more ›
There are numberous fun, interesting tracks here. Many are by well-known groups like The Who, Traffic, Donovan, Procol Harum, and The Hollies.
This collection is an good companion to Pye's Paisley Pop, Deram's Psychedelic Scene, or See For Miles' Great British Psychedelic Trip CDs.
My main reason for reviewing was to whinge about the inadequate package - there are no jewel cases.
As a result all the discs were stuck in one corner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
fantastic music .performances .and the price .the you get is always excellent .i would highly recomend this music to anyone .thankyou and best regardsPublished on 12 Feb. 2012 by tony
Not much more to add to what's been said save to say that beware of My Friend Jack. For some reason the tremendous vibrating fuzzed guitar intro has been lopped off and the track... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2004 by Paul Deacon
This excellent box manages to catch British psychedelia at its best. The music is charming, childish, weird, wonderful, kaleidoscopic and catchy. Read morePublished on 4 Feb. 2002
Although I am only 18, and completely missed the 1960's, I have always had an interest in British Psychadelia (mostly thanks to my father :-). Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2001
This is an excellent compliation. Like other reviewers I am familiar with much of the material having been an avid fan of the Bam caruso compliations in the 1980's, but its still... Read morePublished on 6 Sept. 2001 by J. Dade
This is undoubtedly the best compilation of British psychedelia that I've seen. While there are tracks here whose inclusion appears to be obligatory on any collection of this kind... Read morePublished on 21 Aug. 2001