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on 12 July 2001
This release looks good, sounds good. Just what people have come to expect from RPM. Great label retrospective with rare, classic "freakbeat" inside. The opening track is aptly titled Strange Things Are Happening and from then on and throughout this excellent release they do. Just listen to Workshop Of My Mind and the beauty that is the track Gabrielle. Recently in Mojo Collections Phil Smee listed his top 50 "freakbeat" singles. Number 1 was Wimple Winch's Save My Soul. Which Mr Smee described as "easily the best constructed slice of pure pop mayhem". I'm glad this track is included here. It a good job as the original 7" is something in the region of 250 quid....
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on 27 February 2001
Bam Caruso was a pioonering british record label which through the eighties released an impressive number of fine 60's psyche and garage/pop reissues (mainly what today goes under the name of "freakbeat") and built an equally impressive roster of new bands with a "similar" style (one for all: the amazing "United States of Existence"). This compilation (which is the first in a series which cronichles the story of the label) offers a selection of both old and "new" bands resulting in a disk which, despite the diversity of the cuts, offers a very enjoyable and surprisingly coherent listening.
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on 14 May 2008
A collection of latter half 60s singles which could very well have struggled to sell 100 copies-after all they cost the same as a Beatles or Stones one-is what's on offer here. To th uninitiated it look like the list of entrants for a race meeting but with a fact packed fold out booklet the secrets are revealed.
Such as the fact that the crazily named Boeing Duval & the Beautiful Soup mask one Sam Hutt the so called "rock'n'roll doctor" who later found a career as Hank Wangford the country music parodist.
The Left Banke track is a later one made by an ex member and one of a few American or Canadian singles in this mostly British collection of psychedelia
The style of music was actually founded by the Brits via the Beatles and Pink Floyd but had its biggest success in the States with many of their bands which had previously come from the Urban Folk Revival and the name "Freakbeat" was another British invention which covered what was in effect Britain copying an American trend regardless of who'd made it possible.The music is also known as Pop-Syke in a nod to the name of Psychedelic which is purely an American name first used in a 40s song called Hesitation Blues which was revived by the Holy Modal Rounders
Some of this music is so obscure that not even the experts at Cherry Red know who was involved.Such as Rings & Things-a mixed group from Canada who gave the genre one of its key slogans-Strange Things Are Happenning
Another earlier influence on the music was from a man whose music was out of favor at the time-Joe Meek.
Though this is named Volume 1 there's so far no 2nd volume
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