Various Artists – Psych, Crackle & Pop Volume 1

Back in dim distant days of yore when the internet was not as regulated as it now is, many a blog sprung up sharing all sorts of wonderful music that before hand was either impossible to find and/or only a very few knew about. Many, if not all of these have fallen by the wayside either through the person running them giving up or the file sharing programme they used having been shut down (Megaupload was most probably the most notorious of these). 

One such site was Psych, Crackle & Pop, that ran for about four years, showcasing a good deal of music from the psych years from all over the world, but with most of the tracks produced by artists from the UK or USA. Every so often a new compilation of CD length would appear. I had hardly heard any of the songs and the quality of the material on the first few volumes was especially high. Whoever was making these compilations must have had an extensive knowledge of that period of music. 

Using this site as a template, I decided to make my own compilation from these tracks, with the addition of ‘Wind’ by Kim Jung Mi which seemed to be a nice fit. This is continuing the theme of Psych related compilations that have been posted this year with this and next months Volume 2 focusing more on the pop side of the genre. 

As per other psych compilations I have produced this year, this one contains some musicians who would go on to be famous later on. This includes Fairport Convention. ‘If I Had a Ribbon Bow’ was their first single when they could best be described as the British equivalent of the Jefferson Airplane. They were yet to become the folk rock behemoth of a couple of years later. Graham Gouldman was a name in the business, having written hits for The Yardbirds and The Hollies but he was yet to become a hit musician but he would achieve this in the 70s with 10cc. Aphrodite’s Child contained Demis Roussos and Vangelis, both of whom would be massive successful on their own. Timothy Grass was one of the names used by the Bill Wyman produced End before they became the hard rockin’ Tucky Buzzard.

Disc 1

  1. In The Past – We The People
  2. Sunday Morning – Margo Guryan
  3. Baby’s Rich – The God’s
  4. If I Had A Ribbon Bow – Fairport Convention
  5. I Am Beside Myself – Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon
  6. Children Of Tomorrow – Mike Stuart Span
  7. Red, Purple & Blue – The Bag (US)
  8. I Don’t Mind – Fat Mattress
  9. Miss Jones – The Herd
  10. Tell Me To My Face – The Hollies
  11. Bus Stop – Graham Gouldman
  12. The Devil Has Possession Of Your Soul – The Flying Machine
  13. Chocolate Sue – The Moan
  14. Ballad Of The Bad Boys (1956 A.D.) – Faine Jade
  15. Super Market – Frapadokly
  16. Swinger (Mono) – The Third Rail
  17. Feelings – The Grass Roots
  18. Let The Truth Come Out – The Sugar Shoppe
  19. I Am An Angel (But I Can’t Fly) – The Amen Corner
  20. I See Her Face – The Hudson Bay Co.
  21. Never Mind – Elli
  22. I Like – Kaplan
  23. Sarah The Sad Spirit – Bob Markley (WCPAEB)
  24. Valley of Sadness – Aphrodite’s Child
  25. Dougal – The Bulldog Breed
  26. Black Mass – Jason Crest
  27. Secret – Virgin Sleep

Disc 2

  1. Isha (Mono) – Chris & Craig
  2. When She Comes To Say – Skip Bifferty
  3. I’ll Search The Sky – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
  4. Hear In Here – The Association
  5. Dream With Me – Jacobson & Tansley
  6. Flashing Lights – Lord Sutch & Heavy Friends
  7. The Ballad Of The Soon Departed – O’Hara’s Playboys
  8. Catherine’s Wheel – Denny Laine
  9. Roger The Rocket Ship – Bob Markley (WCPAEB)
  10. Know You – Kensington Market
  11. Emilys Vacation – Jake Holmes
  12. Seeing With Love – The Tages
  13. Baby Dear – Wildflowers
  14. Dance Around Julie – Doughnut Ring
  15. Wind – Kim Jung Mi
  16. Ain’t It Babe – Charity Shaynes
  17. Blood Of Oblivion -The Rainy Daze
  18. I Had A Notion -The Sound Solutions
  19. Shades Of Blue – Darius
  20. I Think I Need The Cash – The Secrets
  21. It’s All A Put On – The Ones
  22. Sunny Day Blue – Fargo
  23. Where Is My Mind – Pesky Gee!
  24. Second Glance – Timothy Grass
  25. We Don’t Care – Hubert Thomas Valverde & The HT’s

The front cover is taken from the Psych, Crackle & Pop blogspot with my rainbow backing to bring it in line with my other psych replaced compilations. The image itself was adapted from the rather wonderful, and now over twenty years old compilation from Mojo Magazine which was called ‘Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers’.

Pink Floyd – Piper At The Gates Of Dawn (Alternative Version)

As I come to the end of my year of Psychedelic playlists, I thought I would throw a reimagined version of one of the great psych albums. That is ‘Piper At The Gates Of Dawn’, the debut album from Pink Floyd. This was the only album to include original guitar player and main songwriter, Syd Barrett when at the hight of his powers. His tenure in the band was short lived, which if you have seen the recent ‘Have You Got It Yet?” film could have been down to a personality disorder exasperated by his drug intake. The album could only have come out in the late 60s, with its songs covering subjects such as the I-Chang, gnomes, bikes and with references to children’s literature. The psychedelic jams are also very much of their time. 

With the Floyd over the past ten years or so finally given the archives a bit of a clear out, it was nice to see what there was to come up with an album that was in my opinion all killer and no filler. That meant including the single A-Sides of ‘Arnold Layne’ and ‘See Emily Play’. Singles at this time were, for the most part, were left off of albums but not always. There is the exclusive B-Side of ‘Arnold Layne’ as well to consider. ‘Candy and a Current Bun’ was originally known as ‘Let’s Roll Another One’. The lyrics and title were changed after pressure from the record company due to their overt references to drugs. It didn’t stop Barrett from including the word ‘Fuck’ in the re-recording in such a way that it was missed by everyone not listening closely enough. For this what-if album, that originally version is included here and is the one song on this compilation that the Floyd have not released officially. Why not I ask, considering a recording of it does still exist and has been present on bootlegs, in edited form. The instrumental middle section always seems to be missing form the persons I have heard. 

I have always found Pink Floyd’s psychedelic noodling became a little tedious after a couple of listens and ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ is no acceptation. Due to the additional tracks, but wanting something to compliment ‘For R. Too H.” I thought about editing down ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ to a more manageable length but on the 40th Anniversary of ‘Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ from 2007, there were a couple of different versions. The ‘French Edit’ fades out but ‘Take 6’ is complete so I used this instead. It doesn’t have the awesome ending the original LP version has but in this case less is more. I have also included an alternative version of ‘Matilda Mother’ which has completely different lyrics.

The rest of the album is as you were, even though I suspect to get the most out of this release, all the songs would have to have been released in mono. 

Side 1

  1. stronomy Domine
  2. Lucifer Sam
  3. Chapter 24
  4. See Emily Play
  5. Flaming
  6. Pow R. Toc H.

Side 2

  1. Arnold Layne
  2. Interstellar Overdrive (Take 6)
  3. The Gnome
  4. Let’s Roll Another One
  5. The Scarecrow
  6. Matilda Mother (Alternative Version)
  7. Bike 

The cover was one that I came across online but did not make a note of who the creator was. Whoever you are, thank you especially as this is considerably more psychedelic than the one the original album had. 

Dennis Wilson – Hubba Hubba

Dennis Wilson was not the first member of The Beach Boys to release a solo record. His brother Brian got there in 1966 when ‘Pet Sounds’ song ‘Caroline, No’ came out under his name and not the name of the band. Brian was at it again in 1967 when the ‘Smiley Smile’ song, ‘Getting Hungry’ came out credited to Wilson and band mate/cousin Mike Love. What can be said about his 1970 single, Sound Of Free’ is that is was, arguably, the most surprising. Granted, he had started to write and contribute songs to the last couple of Beach Boys albums, but a solo record? Backed with ‘Lady’, the single only came out in a small number of countries. These were the UK, Netherlands, Ireland, France and New Zealand. The single was not a hit in any of these territories. 

The single was listed as being by Dennis Wilson and Rumbo. Rumbo was the pseudonym of Daryl Dragon, who at this time was playing keyboards in The Beach Boys band. Dragon would be one of a number of co-writers that helped Wilson with his compositions. It would seem that Wilson was not only working on songs to be presented to The Beach Boys, but also had enough material for a solo album. He would work on this material between 1970 and 1971, even pulling his material from the ‘Surf’s Up’ album, which some have said is because he wanted them for his own record. I wrote about the reasons this happened in my previous post. 

A few titles have been put forward for this album, including ‘Freckless’, ‘Poops’ and ‘Hubba Hubba’. The ‘Poops’ name came because Wilson and his second wife, Barbara Charren called each other Big Poop (the former) and Little Poop (the latter). The majority of the songs from this period were inspired by Barbara and Wilson’s love for her. Work continued along with touring commitments, Wilson’s appearance in the film ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’ and work on The Beach Boys albums themselves. Stephen Desper, The Beach Boys studio engineer at this time said ‘ninety percent of it was ninety percent done’. So why didn’t it come out?

No one can quite say. Wilson could have lost interest in the project or it could have been down to the fact some of his songs that he was keeping for this solo album were used for the ‘Carl & The Passions – So Tough’ album. Whatever happened, a good deal of these songs remained in the vault and we have had to wait nearly fifty years for the majority to be released. The wonder box set, ‘Feel Flows’ box set continuing the most of them. Last year, a few sites tried to reconstruct this album but I have come at this at a slightly different time/angle than they did. These others were looking at an album that would have come out in 1971. I propose that this Dennis Wilson album would have come out in 1974 instead. 

Why did I go with this date? Well, The Beach Boys had released at least an album a year up to 1973, but then there was a gap of a couple of years. In 1974, a compilation called ‘Endless Summer’ came out and focused on their surfing and car songs from the mid 60s. The album became a massive hit and made them a major live draw, but it had the knock on effect of  refocusing the band into more of an oldies act than the progressive band they had become. 

There were some sessions in 1974 but the will does not seem to be there to really get to work on a new album. However, a couple of the songs recorded during these sessions were Dennis Wilson originals. What happened if Dennis had taken these songs along with everything he had left in the archive and constructed his first solo album, three years before his cult classic ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ came out. Well, this is what I came up with.  

Unlike previous efforts to reconstruct this album, I did not want to include anything that had already been released. Therefore, none of the songs that I included on my previous Dennis Wilson post (insert link to previous post here). It needed to be strictly songs that had not seen the light of day before. The majority of the songs do come from the 1971 sessions, but there are a couple of songs from the late 60s which does make the sound of the album a little disjointed. If this had been released at the time, I am sure the 60s songs would have been remixed to make them sound more contemporary. 

Even though this album is a little disjointed in terms of sound, it does prove that Dennis Wilson was an excellent song writer who was going through a hot streak in the early 70s that most artists can only dream about. Why material of this quality were left in the vault is beyond me, even if some of the songs that have come out do sound as though there were unfinished or did not get past demo recordings. 

Side 1

  1. The Gong (Edited)* – 1968
  2. Barnyard Blues – 1974
  3. My Love Lives On – 1974
  4. Barbara – 1971
  5. It’s A New Day – 1971
  6. Hawaiian Dream – 1971
  7. Medley: All Of My Love/Ecology – 1971

Side 2

  1. I’m Going Your Way – 1969
  2. A Time To Live In Dreams – 1969
  3. Before – 1971
  4. Carry Me Home – 1973
  5. 4th of July – 1971
  6. (Wouldn’t It Be Nice To) Live Again – 1971

*The Gong seems to be Dennis Wilson mucking around in the studio. However, there was a small section which sounded like a good introduction to this LP. 

The cover is adapted from an article that was included in Shindig Magazine. I’m afraid I am not sure when the article was written though but I think it was in late 2021. None of the titles suggested by Wilson for this were particularly good, but ‘Hubba Hubba’ was already on the cover I used and it considerably better that ‘Poops’. Maybe Dennis should have spoken to Mike Love about this. Love has always maintained that he is a title guy. 

Dennis Wilson – All I Want To Do

In life, Dennis Wilson was the rock and roll animal sitting behind the drums whilst leading a drug and alcohol induced descent into what was an early death. However, scratch the surface and there was a lot more to this man than first met the eye. He appeared in cult film ‘Two-Lane Blacktop’, inspired Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie to write ‘Only Over You’ about him and was arguably the second best songwriter in The Beach Boys after his brother Brian. 

Dennis had contributed next to nothing in terms of songwriter during the early days on the band but with Brian taking a step back after the ‘Smile’ sessions, the other members of the group needed to step up. Dennis did exactly that and every Beach Boys album from 1968’s ‘Friends’ LP to 1973’s ‘Holland (excluding 1971 ‘Surf’s Up’) included at least one song written by him.

There have been a couple of reasons why Dennis didn’t place any songs on ‘Surf’s Up’. The man himself said that the songs he put forward for inclusion didn’t gel with everyone else songs. Another reason is that there was some inter band fighting going on about how many Wilson brother penned songs were going on the LP, with Carl and Brian already taking up more than half of the album time. The third, and most probably the real reason was that Dennis had been keeping songs back for a solo album. He had already released a solo single in 1970 under the name of Dennis Wilson and Rumbo. Rumbo was a name used by Beach Boys keyboard player, Daryl Dragon, who would later be known as the Captain and be one half of Captain & Tensile. 

I am getting a little ahead of myself here, but December 2023 is the 40th Anniversary of Dennis Wilson passing so in the first of two projects related to him, I have put together a compilation that could have been released by the band as a tribute to him. This would not include his lead vocals on songs prior to 1968 or the two songs he had writer’s credits on before that year either. That is because I wanted to focus on Dennis the songwriter during the period 1968 to 1973. I choose these years because after this, Dennis was focused on recording his two solo albums, ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ and ‘Bambu’ (only one of which came out in his lifetime). This lead to him not contributing much to Beach Boys projects from 1974 onwards. I also look to only include songs that Dennis either wrote on his own or with one other person. therefore, songs such as ‘Be Here In the Mornin’ don’t make the cut. 

All the songs were released by The Beach Boys except ‘Sound Of Free’ and ‘Lady (Fallin’ In Love)’  which were released as a Dennis Wilson solo single in some European territories in1970.

Side 1

  1. Sound Of Free – Solo single A-Side (1970)
  2. All I Want To Do – 20/20 (1969)
  3. Got To Know The Woman – Sunflower (1970)
  4. Lady (Fallin’ In Love) – Solo single B-Side (1970)
  5. It’s About Time – Sunflower (1970)
  6. Forever – Sunflower (1970)
  7. Be With Me – 20/20 (1969)
  8. Only With You – Holland (1973)
  9. Be Still – Friends (1968)

Side 2

  1. Never Learn Not To Love – 20/20 (1969)
  2. Slip On Through – Sunflower (1970)
  3. Little Bird – Friends (1968)
  4. Celebrate The News – Single B-Side (1969)
  5. Steamboat – Holland (1973)
  6. Make It Good – Carl & The Passions (1972)
  7. Cuddle Up – Carl & The Passions (1972)

The cover image is a picture taken from the inner gatefold sleeve of Denny’s album ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’. I like the image so much, I thought I would also make this sleeve a gatefold. The Caribou Records and Brother Record label logos have been added as this were the labels Dennis and the Beach Boys were both on at the time. 

This mythical unreleased first solo album that Dennis Wilson was working on during the early 70s will be something I will be looking at later in the month.