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Another Splash Of Colour - New Psychedelia in Britain 1980-1985
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ANOTHER SPLASH OF COLOUR is the first compilation to document the Psychedelic Revival which hit the British music scene in the first half of the Eighties. This 3-CD set expands upon an original V/A LP, A Splash Of Colour, issued by WEA at the start of 1982 and including many of the Nu Psych scene's major players: Mood Six, High Tide, Miles Over Matter, The Barracudas and The Times. All the musical tracks from this landmark album now appear on CD for the very first time! ANOTHER SPLASH OF COLOUR transforms the LP into a 64-track compendium spanning the years 1980-1985, from the roots of the psychedelic revival in post-punk and the mod revival through to the much-publicised London scene based around club nights like the Groovy Cellar and onto its second revival of sorts in 1984/85 with the early releases on Creation Records and the popularity of the Alice In Wonderland club. All the key artists are included, from Nick Nicely to the Liverpool contingent (Icicle Works, Julian Cope) to The Soft Boys and solo (Robyn Hitchcock, Kimberley Rew), the Whaam! camp (TV Personalities, The Times, Direct Hits, Marble Staircase, Le Mat), early Creation Records tunes (the Revolving Paint Dream, the Jasmine Minks, Biff Bang Pow!) and the Psych scene's eventual chart-toppers Doctor & The Medics (with a previously unreleased track!).
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While most of my mates at the time took a trip along the Norhtern Soul highway, (most of them are still on it all these years later) but that wasn't for me. I took a different path that led me into the psychedelic freakbeat sound of the sixties, and then onto what was trying to be emulated it in the eighties.
From there I built a small collection of which A Splash of colour was one of many. I wondered whether this three disc marathon would be loads of filler but to my surprise there's quite a lot of different stuff on disc one from my album and I have enjoyed every track so far.
There are 23 tracks on disc one compared to 11 on the original album if you discount the doctors poetry from the vinyl which does not seem to be on this set.
For example It's a mystic trip by Robyn Hitchcock I have never heard before and it is a glorious slice of backmasked psychedelia that would do most sixties albums proud. The lead vocal reminds me of Jagger ala Satanic Majesties Requests.
And again Track 6, 49 Cigars, a fantastic track by Nick Nicely.
Even the tracks that are on the original album sound like ever so slightly different versions, but that might just be my old ears deceiving me.
There's not enough space here to review each track and I've waffled enough already just to say that this is the best musical buy I have purchased in decades, lucky me.
"A chord is struck, a beep is heard, behold it's another fine day...enter now minstrels, and play.."
I'll be off now. :-)
The Eighties saw the start of reissues of sixties music by Bam Caruso,Edsel and others.
The influence was there in the music of Siouxsie and the Banshees,Echo and the Bunnymen and more.
There are bands like Miles Over Matter,The Onlookers and the Heartbeats who could have gone places if major label interest had been maintained.
Nice to see a mention for the Soft Boys too !