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Psychedelia (Original Album Series) Box set
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5CD set, in card LP replica sleeves. Collects Tomorrow's "Tomorrow" (1968), July's "July" (1968), The Gods' "Genesis" (1968), Idle Race's "Birthday Party" (1968) and The Yardbirds' "Little Games" (1967). ("ORIGINAL ALBUM SERIES")
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Unlike other boxed sets which concentrate on a single group or artist this set collects five different ones together.
Now this is a really terrific idea to bring the five together in one place.
If like a lot of people your original vinyl of the LPs has had its day then this is for you.
If you have heard of the groups before bu have not risked a ful' price punt then you really cannot go wrong with this cheap as chips collection.
Heck at just under £3 for each that's less than I paid for the albums back when they were LPS.
The Cds have tiny replicas of the original LP covers great for storage but not so cool to carry under your arms to impress your friends and the world at large back in the day!
The Albums are
Tomorrow's "Tomorrow" (1968),
July's "July" (1968),
The Gods' "Genesis" (1968),
Idle Race's "Birthday Party" (1968) and
The Yardbirds' "Little Games" (1967).
Tomorrow's track 'Revolution', not the Beatles' song, could easily have graced that band - on the Lennon side of psych - but their cover of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' sounds like it was recorded with much less extravagant production and with far less time, which is not really surprising at all.
Jeff Lynn's band The Idle Race favoured a whimsical music hall feel throughout their Birthday album, which makes Tomorrow's songs about dwarfs and white bicycles sound almost Kafkaesque in comparison. The sixties seems like a very long time ago indeed.
The Yardbirds had started playing some future Led Zep tracks live by the time they were releasing the Little Games album, and though It has some of Jimmy Page's power, the lyrics and many of the songs sound like they're about to give up - which they were. The excellent single of that period 'Think About It' is also missing, as often was the case.
The Gods don't quite live up to their name - who could? - and without the superstar leaders of the two lesser CDs included here, it is possibly the least interesting, and also the least psychedelic. But it does pack a punch, an organ-powered punch, and if you like the way music was being led post-psychedelia by the likes of Procol Harum it could well be of interest. And they do a mean 'Hey Bulldog'.
So, you WILL like July and Tomorrow, and depending upon your particular disposition, you may or may not like the other three whilst acknowledging an overall very agreeable psychedelic experience.
Ok, some people might want to buy more luxurious expanded editions, but for those who seek the original albums and nothing else this value pack is well recommended.
For reviews of the music please check the separate albums, plenty reviews are available.
So thats the good which leaves us with The Gods and The Yardbirds. The Gods album is ok ish but linking the tracks with irritating noises does not make is Psych, you will play it once then leave it in its cardboard sleeve as for the Yardbirds album, well Jimmy Page does play on it and it has a couple of decent tracks but thats all, no wonder then that it did not merit a UK release till the early 90s.
So three decent albums equals three stars..
The cd arrived promptly and the supplier is recommended.
its a new release--but as we know --if it sells slow--it goes!! BUY IT BUY IT..........
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Twas brillig. Slithey toves. I gyred and gimbled. Who am I? Oh. An alternative music mushroom. Goes well with mini skirts and chapattis.Published 7 months ago by Rob
a bit more care on reproduction of the sleeves but great value for moneyPublished 21 months ago by mark
Great to get access to these albums, some of which I've only heard snatches of in the past.Published 23 months ago by psafloyd
a good blast from the past. is there more in the archives?Published 24 months ago by Mr Howard Russell