Psychedelic? Perhaps. Totally psychedelic? Perhaps not.
As I type out this particular blog, I'm almost halfway through the first side of this album and I'm thinking that this isn't your typical "psych comp". I think a lot of these songs are more British Pop, in my humble opinion...if we have to label things.
Nevertheless, this is an EXCELLENT compilation. From the first track, I've really been loving it. This is just the type of music I really enjoy, and it reminds me of the CD comps that John used to send me in the mail when we were first getting to know each other. It's really cool to discover these "new-to-me" bands.
Let's take a look at what's on this compilation:
That's the Way It's Got to Be - The Poets (Produced by Andrew Loog Oldham...we listened to "Loog's" show a lot on Little Steven's Underground Garage satellite radio station while we were drove from NJ back to MI on our vacation. Wow, can that guy ramble! And I thought I was bad...)
I Lied to Auntie May - The Neat Change (Co-writer credits lists a "Frampton"...could it be...?)
Movin' In - Toby Twirl
Glass House Green, Splinter Red - The Kinsman (A perky sounding song that is pretty much about death from what I gathered)
Lazy Day - Tinkerbells Fairydust (Wow...what a name. I know this song by Spanky and Our Gang. This version isn't bad, but I do prefer the former.)
Water Woman - Pacific Drift (This song stands out on this comp because it sounds different than all the others. I'm not too crazy about it, and it's featured twice on this album, of course by different groups. Maybe I'll like the other version better.)
Paper Chase - Love Children (This was great! I love simple pop songs. What does that say about me? :-P)
Whisper Her Name (Maria Laine) - Ice (Love it. Gotta find more of this 'Ice'.)
Peacefully Asleep - Life 'n Soul
Turn to Earth - Al Stewart (And all I knew was "Year of the Cat"...)
Baby Get Your Head Screwed On - Double Feature (This side starts off with songs that are a bit more soulful.)
8 1/2 Hours of Paradise - The Elastic Band (I totally dig this. I love those Brit bands that are obviously influenced by soul & R&B. Anything with an organ!)
Fade Away Maureen - Cherry Smash (So good! And I usually don't like cherry flavored anything. Hehe. Seriously, this is a great song.)
Gotta Wait - The Game
8.35 On the Dot - Peter Lee Stirling (Love the guitar in the beginning...and holy crap! According to the liner notes, Peter Lee Stirling is also known as "Daniel Boone" who does one my favorite cheesy 70's songs that John hates..."Beautiful Sunday"! I had no idea.)
All Our Christmases - The Majority (Interesting. The liner notes say that The Majority covered Ray Davies' "A Little Bit of Sunlight" and "Ring the Bells". That would be interesting to hear. This particular song is credited to "B. R. & M. Gibb". Yes, I do know who that is. It's very BeeGee'esque.)
Requiem - The Chocolate Watchband (Yet another song about death...but not so perky.)
Water Woman - Amazing Friendly Apple (Another great band name. I do like this version just a bit better.)
I'll Be Home (In a Day Or So) - Dream Police (They live inside of my head. They come to me in my bed. Sorry. I'm from Rockford, Illinois. One cannot let a Cheap Trick connection go by without commenting. Anyway, this song has quite the 70's feel to it. It was released in 1970, but oddly enough, I can hear some sort of soft-rock 70's band covering this in a heartbeat.)
Walking Through the Streets of My Mind - The Time Box (Great vibes - literally - and chimes too. I'm going to have to look into this group as well.)
The lesson from all of this? John has a TON of comps. I must pull them out once and awhile to discover more new things. Much like the comps he made for me helped me to delve into The Small Faces, Terry Reid and Love, I know I'll be searching for more by a lot of these bands on this album.
I give it four and a half stars!
Where did you buy this record and when?
August 2, 1989 at Vintage Vinyl, as evidenced by this receipt.
Do you own it in any other format?
"I think I have two of these songs on CDs somewhere..."
What is your over-all impression of this album?
"To be honest, I don't think I've listened to it since I bought it and I'm in the other room listening and I think it's really good. A lot of it doesn't sound like psych, but more like blue-eyed soul music. It's interesting to see a lot of the names in songwriting credits and production. The Neat Change track is written by Alan Bown and Peter Frampton, "Baby Get Your Head Screwed On" is a Cat Stevens song and "Turn To Earth" is a Yardbirds track from their eponymous 1966 album. I remember putting it on a tape for my friend Robert out in Marin County and him remarking that it sounded like Richard Simmons singing!"
"Baby Get Your Head Screwed On, definitely. And that Elastic Band track right behind it."
How many stars out of five?