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Various - Let's Go Down & Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1967 (CD)

Various - Let's Go Down & Blow Our Minds: The British Psychedelic Sounds Of 1967 (CD)

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Sealed. 2016 three CD collection.

As that noted hipster Plato once observed, when the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake. And there was certainly a whole lotta shakin' goin' on in 1967. A distended Summer of Love saw psychedelic pop emerging from the underground clubs to infiltrate the home-grown music scene mainstream, with the vast majority following in the footsteps of perennial market leaders The Beatles in surrendering to the new genre. As the year progressed, it seemed that more or less every element of the British pop world had been swept up in the blissed-out UFOria. Beat boom survivors, R&B stalwarts, sharp-suited mods, Swinging London soul revues, earnest acoustic folkies, Denmark Street hustlers, traditional pop acts... all abandoned or refined their previous identities to make music that reflected the ubiquitous influence of psychedelia in it's myriad paisley-patterned guises. Across four hours and eighty tracks, the all-singing, not-much-dancing Let's Go Down And Blow Our Minds anticipates the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love to chronicle a tumultuous twelve-month period of music-making within the British Isles. The dizzying breadth of the set incorporates everything from key names such as The Move and Procol Harum, both represented with less obvious choices, to the likes of mondo obscuro West Country quintet T. J. Assembly, who pressed a mere 25 copies of their self-penned November 1967 album as a strictly personal memento of their time together. Along the way, we encounter all aspects of the scene, from the first generation psychedelic bands that took part in subterranean London 'happenings' to the shameless bandwagon-jumpers who were nevertheless an integral part of psychedelic pop's rich and varied tapestry. We also feature a clutch of previously unreleased nuggets, alternative versions, pseudonymous releases, first-ever CD appearances, a couple of inspired novelty discs and even a football supporters freak-out. Housed in a clambox that includes a lavishly annotated and illustrated 44-page booklet, Let's Go Down And Blow Our Minds is nothing less than the story of the British rock and pop scene of 1967: music made half-a-century ago that, as can be seen from the number of hitherto unknown recordings featured, is still slowly revealing it's secrets. As some righteously obscure band confidently promised during that epochal year, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Disc 1
1 The Alan Bown! - Toyland
2 The Attack - Magic in the Air
3 The Tickle - Subway (Smokey Pokey World)
4 Episode Six -I Can See Through You
5 Dantalian's Chariot - the Madman Running Through the Fields
6 Geranium Pond - Dogs in Baskets
7 The Scots of St. James - Eiderdown Clown
8 George Alexander - Dear Delilah
9 The Sorrows - Pink Purple Yellow and Red
10 The Mirage - Lazy Man (Alt Version)
11 The Crazy World of Arthur Brown - Give Him a Flower
12 Tintern Abbey - Tanya
13 Fleur-De-Lys - Prodigal Son
14 The Lomax Alliance - See the People
15 Mickey Finn - Time to Start Loving You
16 The Fingers - I Hear the Sun
17 Crocheted Doughnut Ring - Nice
18 Good Thing Brigade - My House Is Burning
19 The Motives - Ice Woman
20 Louise - Look at the Sun
21 Neo Maya - I Won't Hurt You
22 Cliff Ward - Path Through the Forest
23 The Spencer Davis Group - Sanity Inspector
24 The Summer Set - 'Cos It's Over
25 The Fadin' Colours - Try Me on for Size
26 The Slender Plenty - Silver Tree Top School for Boys
27 Guy Darrell - Evil Woman

Disc 2
1 Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera -Flames
2 One in a Million - Double Sight
3 Paul & Barry Ryan - Keep It Out of Sight
4 The Pretty Things - Defecting Grey (Extended Version)
5 John's Children - Desdemona
6 The Doves - Smokeytime Springtime
7 John Williams - Flowers in Your Hair
8 Sweet Feeling - All So Long Ago
9 Rupert's People - Reflections of Charles Brown
10 The Riot Squad Featuring David Bowie - Toy Soldier
11 The Rats - the Rise and Fall of Bernie Gripplestone
12 Circus - Something to Write About
13 Dave Davies - Funny Face
14 The Brood - Village Green
15 Tony Rivers & the Castaways - Mr. Sun
16 The Peep Show - Your Servant, Stephen
17 The Uglys - and the Squire Blew His Horn
18 The Move - Vote for Me
19 Human Instinct - a Day in My Mind's Mind
20 Murray Head - She Was Perfection
21 Peter & the Wolves - Little Girl Lost and Found
22 The Bunch - Spare a Shilling
23 Big Jim Sullivan - Flower Power
24 Procol Harum - Kaleidoscope (Extended Stereo Mix)
25 The Searchers - Crazy Dreams
26 The Artwoods - in the Deep End

Disc 3
1 Our Plastic Dream - Someone Turned the Light Out
2 Hat & Tie - Finding It Rough
3 The Fresh Windows - Fashion Conscious
4 The Game - the Addicted Man
5 Felius Andromeda - Meditations
6 The Honeybus - Delighted to See You (Demo Version)
7 Ice - So Many Times
8 The Flower Pot Men - a Walk in the Sky
9 Five's Company - Friends and Mirrors
10 The Late - Family Tree
11 The Secrets - I Think I Need the Cash
12 Skip Bifferty - Schizoid Revolution
13 The Purple Gang - Granny Takes a Trip
14 The Picadilly Line - Emily Small
15 The Outer Limits - Help Me Please
16 Focal Point - 'Cept Me
17 Jade Hexagram - Great Shadowy Strange
18 The Truth - Busker Bill
19 The Moody Blues - Life's Not Life
20 Don Craine's New Downliners Sect - I Can't Get Away from You
21 The Symbols - Again
22 The Hi-Fi's - Odd Man Out
23 The Marmalade - Laughing Man
24 T. J. Assembly - Ginger
25 The 23rd Turn Off - Michelangelo (Demo Version)
26 The Q.P.R. Supporters Supporters - Support Us
27 Sands - Listen to the Sky

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