on 8 October 2005
`My White Bicycle' is a good psyche opener. `Real Life Permanent Dream' is a well performed song; it is great but the sitar takes a back seat, or at very best is utilised as a mere musical co-pilot! `Shy Boy' is a very saccharine song, and (at least for me) not really Syd Barrett-esque, as it is too well-structured. Nice toon-town organ though.
The album's fifth song, `Revolution' Would Be another good - nay, Classic - song, with a pure psychedelic feel to it, though the composition (taken as a whole) is absolutely ruined by the atrocious recording quality - it sounds soooo numb, vague, unclear, hazy, muffled, blurred - get the picture. Such a shame - it has the potential to be one of the classic hippy-trippy songs of the era! Would otherwise be worth buying the album for this track alone!
`The Incredible Journey Of Timothy Chase' is a good track, with some pleasant effects, played and sung well, though never quite `getting it off the ground'. `Aunty Mary's Dress Shop' - is one of those enchanting, cheerful, quirky rock/pop songs of the age (think of much of the Kinks' almost Baroque material) which tells a tale of a clothes shop. Another reviewer wondered about the connection between bands / military - there was a lot of surplus gear from WW1 which was made available in the charity shops of the time, so it became cheap and popular with students, musicians, youth etc.
`Strawberry Fields' is one of the best covers I have ever heard, though not quite as good or acid-induced as the original.
`Three Jolly Little Dwarfs'. Sorry, but this is just too saccharine for comfort - NOT in the vein of Barrett at all. Well, the lyrics may be similar, but the style of presentation is way way off! `Now Your Time Has Come' is another poor track, definitely filler material - just doesn't sound right - not trippy, hippy or far out, just dull. Next is `Hallucinations' - so annoying how so many songs from this era have lysergic titles, but end up disappointingly dull and earthbound - this is one such track, unfortunately. `Claramont Lake' yet another disappointing track for its lack of anything remotely psychedelic, though otherwise ok. `Why' is ok - more filler. `Revolution' comes next, and I agree, it is one of the best songs on the album, and the closest we come to psychedelia for this little outing from Tomorrow.
The Aquarian Age tracks, make the album worth a purchase to my mind, being much better than the others - though 10k Words in a Cardboard Box is the inferior version (better one found on Twink's `Think Pink' album) - this is good though. `Good Wizard' is a much better track than the whimsy of the `3 Jolly Dwarves', not quite as embarrassing more trippy etc., though not perfect by any measure. More of the Aquarian material would definitely result in a more rounded, more psychedelic affair, but never mind. `Me' - perhaps this is the best tune on the entire album, that is rather sinister, and even threatening. `On A Saturday' is a superbly mellow track up there with the best of any hippy tune available, though the rest of the album is taken up with yet more filler-type, as seen earlier.
In short, the best tracks here, to my mind, are My White Bicycle, Revolution (mono), 10k Words in a Cardboard Box, Me, and On A Saturday - the rest I could gladly do without I'm afraid, considering the wide availability and quality of other alums of the era.
Also try Amazon for the following: Twink's Think Pink, or Silver Apples, or Timothy Leary's stuff (LSD or You Can Be...) Modern trippers may enjoy Porcupine Tree's Voyage 34, or KLF's Chill Out, or Trance Tripping, or The Beta Band's - The Three E.P.'s - All available here at Amazon!