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Before The Dream Faded

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Audio CD (3 Feb. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B0000070EB
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Children Of The Sun
  2. My Mind
  3. Who Do You Love
  4. I Unseen
  5. Find A Hidden Door
  6. I Can Take You To The Sun
  7. I'm Not Talking
  8. Who's Been Talking
  9. I Need Your Love
  10. You Don't Have To Go Out
  11. I Cried My Eyes Out
  12. Like I Do
  13. Bonus Track

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this album after reading a couple of the other reviews on here, sometimes you get misled but believe me this time they were totally right, this album is truly fabulous. I have a lot of music in this genre and had not previously heard The Misunderstood. These guys could've ruled the world, but as the comprehensive liner notes inform us, problems with avoiding the draft and FBI chasing their tails soon put paid to the dream!
Here we have six tunes recorded for Fontana, and six recorded earlier in their career in a local Riverside studio. All twelve are groundbreaking in their content, you would think they had already heard Hendrix or the Doors and were indeed copying them!
The quality of recordings is crackly on the earlier tracks but still very listenable and doesnt spoil the enjoyment factor at all. Any fan of sixties psychedelia should own this album, I love it !!!
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By freewheeling frankie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Misunderstood just weren't meant to happen. Originating in small town California, they came to the UK on the recommendation of John Peel, some of them were wanted for the draft (Vietnam), they had visa and work permit problems, they nearly starved and after a few months they split in complete disarray ... but despite all this they managed, sometime in the second half of 1966, to record 6 tracks of the most astonishing psychedelic/freakbeat music, of which only two came out at the time. How to describe? The first track, the jaw-dropping Children Of The Sun, takes the guitar solo of the Yardbirds' Shapes Of Things as a jumping off point and extrapolates from there. You could say they sound like the Yardbirds on acid with a rocket up their rear end - the intensity is incredible, but it's 1966 and there's no self indulgent noodling and most of the songs are under 3 minutes. Their secret weapon was Glen Campbell (no, not THAT Glen Campbell), whose extraordinary divebombing steel guitar is quite unique.

Now 6 songs does not make an album (would have been a very fine EP though) so Cherry Red have filled out the CD with demos made before they came to the UK. These are pretty standard garage/blues/sub-Yardbirds stuff, better than many but indifferently recorded, and without the first 6 tracks they'd mean nothing to anyone - I can absolutely guarantee that no one ever bought this album for those tracks rather than the first 6.

Who knows what might have happened if they'd not been subjected to such trials and tribulations.
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By A Customer on 4 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
This album shows what might have been if the Misunderstood hadn't fallen apart. They were well ahead of their time using guitars with plenty of feedback and psychedilic effects - check out Children of the Sun - an absolute classic!! For anybody interested in late 60's music this album is a must.
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The desirability of this CD rests squarely on the first six tracks (side one of the vinyl). This is storming psychedelia from track one to six, bookended by two brilliant singles and including a great version of Who Do You Love. It also includes a rather beefed up version of I come and stand at every door (here called I Unseen), which first appeared on The Byrds Fifth Dimesion album, done at a far more suitable, but rather dirge-like pace than the rather jaunty pace here. It's based on a poem by Nazim Hikmet, translated by Pete Seeger, so not a band original. Still fabulous stuff!

The remaining tracks are from two years earlier and, though pretty good RnB/60s pop, despite a somewhat dodgy sound quality, aren't in the same league. So if you're looking for a full, top quality CD of psych maybe you will be a mite disappointed. But if you're happy to take those six brilliant tracks and view the rest as a bonus (and psych fans should be) then this is essential.
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The Misunderstood are a great missing sixties band recording at the cusp between R&B and the start of psychedlia. The first six tracks are studio recordings made in London in early '67 for Fontana that the band recorded after moving from California, amazingly they were recorded before Jimi Hendrix and Pink Floyd had yet recorded so hint at what might have been if the US draft, management issues and other financial pressures hadn't kicked in. These tracks show the influence of the prime early psychedelia movers of the time showing traces of The Yardbirds & The Byrds (one of the tracks has the same subject matter as one of David Crosby's songs on the Byrds 5th Dimension) but are wonderfully original due to the great guitar style, vocals & song structure. The latter half of the album are earlier "live in the studio" recordings, still excellent with great guitar touches but not at the same level as the first half which is half a great missing sixties album. Fans of the Yardbirds, Love, the Byrds, early Floyd, Electric Prunes, Hendrix would enjoy this CD, as would fans of Sixties Garage Rock, Freakbeat, Nuggets etc.
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By Mr T VINE VOICE on 2 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard this album I couldn't believe the quality. The Misunderstood didn't last long in their original incarnation, but boy did they shine. Great lyrics (some of them stolen from the likes of the Byrds), fantastic guitar work, and thoroughly accomplished arrangements. Utterly superb. That's the first half. The second half consists of a collection of outtakes and live recordings from earlier in the band's all-too-short career. These - what you might call 'bonus' - tracks are good blues-based stuff, but they don't make the grade with the psych material. That's not to say that Before the Dream Faded isn't worth getting because it most certainly is. Don't delay, buy it today. You won't regret it.
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