What does it sound like?:
The third in David Wells’ enjoyable series of themed boxsets on Grapefruit Records, this follows logically from 1967 (when pop was delightfully all over the place) and 1968 (when studios went crazy on phasing) to present the psychedelic pop sound of 1969. But what really was psychedelic pop in that year, and is this a good showcase? This is another well-presented and enjoyable volume that is aimed at the genre-obsessive listener, but the problems of amassing record-collecting obscurities with some bigger names to present a snapshot of the era are starting to show. Thus, Procol Harum (“A Salty Dog”) The Move, The Pretty Things and Status Quo stand out form the other 70-or-so group of local heroes, the unlucky, the also-rans, and never-stood-a-chance groups. Highlights include bootleg favorites like the glorious title track by The Factory (think the Who meets a Pink Floyd B side) Fresh Air’s proto-Glam “Running Wild”), the fuzzed-up Orange Machine, Lemmy singing with Sam Gopal, and the Scottish legends The Writing on the Wall. But the problem here is the emphasis on ‘pop’. For the decision to sidestep the prog, blues or heaviness of 1969 records means you are left » Continue Reading.