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Psychedelia At Abbey Road 1965 - 1969


Psychedelia At Abbey Road 1965 - 1969



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Psychedelia at Abbey RoadPsychedelia at Abbey Road collects various British recordings done at the studio for EMI between 1965-1969. The highlights on this disc are the Tomorrow tracks My White Bicycle (#2) which reminds me of early Pink Floyd and is about how people would leave bikes for anyone who wanted to ride them and Why (#6, previously unreleased), which sounds like a Who demo - and is all the more fascinating as it was recorded live - and both of these tracks were produced by wonder-meister Mark Wirtz. Both of these tracks also show-off Steve Howe's amazing guitar playing years before he formed the prog group Yes.

Delighted to See You by The N' Betweens (#3 previously unreleased), sounds like a lost Beatles track - and also is an early version of the group Slade.

Kites by Simon Dupree & The Big Sound (#11), contains what can only be called oriental melody alongside gongs, whooshes and mellotron flourishes, and a fascinating duet between Simon and Jacqui Chan.

Two songs by The Pretty Things, Talkin' About the Good Times and Walking Through My Dreams (#12, #13), are included, recorded for the SF Sorrow album - one of the greatest rock albums of all time, produced by Norman Smith, the same guy who produced the psyche masterpiece by Pink Floyd 'Piper at the Gates of Dawn'. Both tracks are prime Pretty Things.

Mark Wirtz brings us the incredible multi-part (He's Our Dear Old) Weatherman(#14), taken from A Teenage Opera, this includes all of his production techniques and then some. Gorgeous strings, child-like voices, a sectional design and the use of ringing cuckoo clocks (?) at the end send this ode to a weatherman over the top and is my fave track here.

Aquarian Age (also produced by Mark Wirtz) bring us 10,000 Words in a Cardboard Box (#15), a dramatic slice of Brit psyche almost reminds me of the more modern brand of British pop music (this track has some ex-Tomorrow people on it).

The Koobas Barricades (#17) sounds so much better here than on the cd we have in our studio already - if you dug that cd at all check out this one for its much better clarity and for one of their best tunes. In fact this whole cd has tremendous sound through and through having been remastered in 24-bit digital sound, which is even notable in the long version of Donovan's Sunshine Superman (#1) which brings out the percussion on this one like you've never heard it before (and I know, we've heard it all before - but not with this clarity).

Rounding out the set is Golden Hair by Syd Barrett (#22) a nice closer indeed. Sadly there is no Pink Floyd (who were on the Harvest label started in 1969) here but one Syd Barrett track which rounds out the compilation. All in all - considering the reduced price of only $9.99 this is a fine sampler of British Psychedelia.

---Patrick, March 26, 2002