I don't claim to be a major 1000 CD psych/prog fan but I have dozens of similar compilations on anything from 1 to 10 CDs, and in the last year went on a major spending spree catching up on all the great psych/prog releases which came out over the last few years. But if I had to go to a desert island with just one psych compilation it would be this one though. Some of my favourite songs of all time I discovered on this set. I'm amazed that most/all of them flopped as singles. The producers have dredged up an incredible set of songs and have mastered them so well that it's not immediately obvious which are from vinyl and which from master tape, unlike for example, the chocolate soup for diabetics compilation, which may have rarer tracks but whose quality at times leaves a lot to be desired. I don't know how rare these tracks really are, but from my own psych collection there was an overlap of only about 7 songs, mainly those perennial favourites which seem to be on every compilation, those usual tracks from Mandrake Paddle Steamer, Tintern Abbey, etc, bands which on this compilation are relative superstars by comparison with the rest. CDs 1 to 3 are mostly psych, and were apparently previously available on LP, while the more recently compiled CDs 4 and 5 tend more towards prog. Be careful how much you pay for it, but be sure to track this one down.
Initially, I was surprised how maudlin this compilation is, bearing little relation to the title or the cover art. After a couple of listens though, I really started to enjoy it. As someone way too young to have lived through the period, it's exciting to uncover these largely forgotten gems. The production is in no way equal to the latest studio recordings, but the quality of the music just shines through. There's not much lately that can hold a candle to this.
The title is what first caught my eye, and the fact that it included a track by Barry Mason that I had been trying to get on CD for years as my old 45rpm version was very worn. There are loads of obscure tracks from the late 60's and early 70's, and they may have been played by John Peel on his Perfumed Garden radio show. Some are really excellant, like Fleur de Lys, while others are mediocre to say the least. However if you were into 'underground' music during the 60's and 70's you will enjoy much of the music included here.