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on 11 December 2015
Tomorrow and July are both psychedelic classics, with a more ramshackle feel than some of the bigger albums of the period. This is especially true of the July album, which often sounds like there are only about two instruments being played at one time, but is none the worse for that.
Tomorrow's track 'Revolution', not the Beatles' song, could easily have graced that band - on the Lennon side of psych - but their cover of 'Strawberry Fields Forever' sounds like it was recorded with much less extravagant production and with far less time, which is not really surprising at all.
Jeff Lynn's band The Idle Race favoured a whimsical music hall feel throughout their Birthday album, which makes Tomorrow's songs about dwarfs and white bicycles sound almost Kafkaesque in comparison. The sixties seems like a very long time ago indeed.
The Yardbirds had started playing some future Led Zep tracks live by the time they were releasing the Little Games album, and though It has some of Jimmy Page's power, the lyrics and many of the songs sound like they're about to give up - which they were. The excellent single of that period 'Think About It' is also missing, as often was the case.
The Gods don't quite live up to their name - who could? - and without the superstar leaders of the two lesser CDs included here, it is possibly the least interesting, and also the least psychedelic. But it does pack a punch, an organ-powered punch, and if you like the way music was being led post-psychedelia by the likes of Procol Harum it could well be of interest. And they do a mean 'Hey Bulldog'.
So, you WILL like July and Tomorrow, and depending upon your particular disposition, you may or may not like the other three whilst acknowledging an overall very agreeable psychedelic experience.