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VINE VOICEon 20 July 2007
Until now, if you wanted an overview of the Electric Prunes' output prior to Mass In F Minor, the obvious choice was the compilation Lost Dreams on the Birdman label. Largely drawn from their two magnificent albums from 1967, including their surrealistic American hit, I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night), it included later singles, rarities, unreleased items and extended versions of album tracks. Inevitably, certain favourite tracks from the albums were omitted, however.

This new anthology from Rhino has the luxury of being spread over two discs and therefore includes both stereo albums in full, namely I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night and Underground. Listeners can therefore hear from themselves why the band were so embarrassed at being made to record Al Jolson covers and vaudeville pastiches, whilst also enjoying omitted classics such as Bangles, Children Of Rain, Antique Doll and I, all in the high quality re-mastered sound that Lost Dreams introduced onto CD, this time by Dan Hersch.

The albums are both presented in their standard versions, so if you want to hear fuller versions of Hideaway, The Great Banana Hoax and Dr Do-Good you still need Lost Dreams, though the long stereo version of Long Day's Flight has been added (confusingly mislabeled as a mono single version). A number of A-sides and B-sides from both albums are also added in their original mono single mixes, including the fabulous Great Banana Hoax (again mislabeled as being a previously unreleased version).

Rarities again include Shadows, which played over the credits of the film The Name Of The Game Is Kill; both sides of their first single Ain't It Hard/Little Olive; two outtakes (an unreleased Hollies cover, I've Got A Way Of My Own, and World Of Darkness, though this time both presented in mono); and their final 1967 single, Everybody Knows/You Never Had It Better.

This comprehensively rounds up the most seismic chapters of their history, up to the end of 1967. Mass In F Minor, as its title suggests, introduced a very different sound and a very different band, but that is a another story.
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on 9 March 2007
Thank you for this wonderful release!The music a string of pearls and now at long last the packaging is just stunning with this mini-LP-sleeve the discs are housed in together with a booklet.It is a joy to see and hold as i never liked the jewelcases cd s come in usually and digipacks are just half surrogate products. So thanks again for this gem of a release!!!
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on 11 June 2013
Took me back to the 60's! I thought this was just worth getting for the singles, Too Much to Dream and Get Me to the World on Time, but it turned out to be much better than expected overall. There are one or two songs that are real rubbish, but all the others are an enjoyable and interesting listen. Worth getting for anyone interested in 60's psychedelia or pop of the era.
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on 15 April 2007
From a 1964 garage band called the Sanctions came the Electric Prunes to deliver some sonic outbursts of pure psych and this is the 2 albums in one package.

Unlike many psych bands such as the Strawberry Alarm Clock the Prunes stayed the course and even cut a new album last year.

On the various YouTube clips they demonstrate how the sounds were made and come across as quite normal guys
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on 15 February 2016
In my opinion the best collection of Prunes material available. Just buy it and see for yourself.
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on 9 August 2015
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