What does it sound like?:
This enjoyable compilation covers the period from 1968-1972 when I was 13 to 17 years old and very much in my formative record buying years. I am familiar with about a third of the artists, have heard of but not heard another third and the final third I have never heard of – Sweet Slag, Wicked Lady, Fusin Farm, Dark? No, me neither.
There are some classics here – I was a big fan of Stary’s first three albums and they open proceedings. Then we get other familiar to me tracks like Pink Fairies Do it, Groundhogs best ever song Cherry Red and Deep Purples Fireball – all sounding remarkably good today. I was pleased to hear Gun’s Race with the Devil which I had the album of at the time – it was perhaps the only good track on that album but what a corker. Surprisingly I heard it on the radio about a month ago. We also get Fleetwood Mac, The Yardbirds and the Move although never classed the Move as part of this genre believing them to be more of psychedelic leaning pop band – Brontosaurus kind of sticks out like a sore thumb – I like it but does it fit? Some of the stuff is perhaps left back where it came from – Stackwaddy for example. Remember them being championed by John Peel at the time- no idea why. Still altogether a fine compilation of tried and tested and some surprises.
What does it all *mean*?
It was a peculiar scene that we have not seen the likes of since and doubt we will see again. There was some real talent and some that are not likely to surface anywhere than on a compilation like this which is no bad thing. It is chronicle of an important time in my life and guess my age group are the target audience. I would be interested to hear what a younger group would think of this stuff some of which is esoteric to say the least.
Goes well with…
Most definitely needs to be played loud – there is some heavy riffage in parts. Not to be played if you are trying to take a Sunday afternoon nap.
Might suit people who like…
This is very much British music but should also be enjoyed by people who were into the San Francisco psych scene – there are marked similarities but this is most definitely grimier.