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VINE VOICEon 11 December 2009
Big Beat's 'Peculiar Hole In The Sky' is number 4 in their Australian chronicles and contains 27 tracks of the pop/psych & freakbeat variety and of the 4 is the strongest at least to these ears. Most of it is hard to find, especially on CD and quality wise compares favourably with what was happening in both the U.S. and UK.

A few mentions then: 'Peculiar Hole In The Sky' by The Valentines is regarded by connoisseurs as the finest piece of Australian psych and is notable for featuring future AC/DC vocalist Bon Scott. The genuinely disturbing, Doorsian 'Eastern Dream' (Jeff St. John & The Id) with it's final refrain of 'I'm Going Insane.' The brit sounding heavy rock of 'Morning Sun' by Inside Looking Out. The Bucket's 'I Can't Help Thinking Of You' is Cream in all but name only. 'Goin' Home' by Normie Rowe is essentially a pop ballad given a psyche make-over. The madder than mad vocal affectations of Peter Wright on the otherwise groovy 'House Of Bamboo'. The female fronted 'The Executives' whose haunting 'Moving In A Circle' has a folky vocal dissolving into a cacaphony of music played backwards. The Proclomation's epic psychedelia and choral grandeur of 'King Of The Mountain' is knocking on the door of prog. The James Taylor Move's raga rock of 'Still I Can Go On.' The Dave Miller Set's 'Mr Guy Fawkes' (originally by Eire Apparent) - a genuine psych classic with phased vocals and an explosive (quite literally) middle.

Sleeve notes are of the highest order and includes many rare pics.
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on 29 January 2003
Probably 80% of stuff you would like from this era is totally unfamiliar. Australia was the Bee Gees right? Well yes but take a listen to these tracks and see what you were missing. From the time when pop was still seemingly pop and not prog but then something wonderful happened. Its psych Jim but and how we've come to know it. Dip your toes in and enjoy my favourites, Brass Bird, King of the Mountain, Moving in a Circle Going Home Sunshine Day and Unforgotten Dreams. It's Oz ok and certainly not cricket.
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