Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.6

It’s the first of the month so here is the sixth volume of music from the Britpop Years.

Disc 1

  1. I’d Like To Know – Supergrass
  2. Drink The Elixir – Salad
  3. Speeed King – These Animal Men
  4. Grateful Moon – Dodgy
  5. Life Is Sweet – The Chemical Brothers & Tim Burgess
  6. Are You Blue Or Are You Blind? – The Bluetones
  7. Neighbourhood – Space
  8. The Land of Do As You Please – Jocasta
  9. Love Is The Law – Seahorses
  10. Acrylic Afternoons – Pulp
  11. Hedonism (Just Because You Feel Good) – Skunk Anansie
  12. Solitary Party Groover – Drugstore
  13. Today Tomorrow Sometime Never (Live) – Echobelly
  14. Be My Light, Be My Guide – Gene
  15. Whipsnade – Suede
  16. X-Static – Foo Fighters
  17. I’ll Manage Somehow – Menswear
  18. On & On – Longpigs
  19. Safe Boy – Out Of My Hair
  20. Kelly’s Heroes – Black Grape

This playlist could not have reproduced on Spotify because of one or more songs was not available on that platform.

Disc 2

  1. Fade Away – Oasis & Friends
  2. How High – The Charlatans
  3. Insomnia – Salad
  4. Dolphin – Shed Seven
  5. Black Nite Crash – Ride
  6. There Will Never Be Another Me – Silver Sun
  7. Razzmatazz (Acoustic Version) – Pulp
  8. Monday Morning – The Candyskins
  9. Look Inside America – Blur
  10. This Man Don’t Give A Fuck – Super Fury Animals
  11. Kevin Carter – Manic Street Preachers
  12. Something For The Weekend – The Divine Comedy
  13. Let’s All Go Together – Marion
  14. Tears – The Stone Roses
  15. Lipgloss – Pulp
  16. Monochrome – The Sundays
  17. Planet Telex (Hexadecimal Mix) – Radiohead
  18. Fade In-Out – Oasis
  19. The Underdogs – Rialto

The Cure – Three Imaginary Boys (45th Anniversary Edition)

I am a couple of days early with this one but on 11th May 1979, The Cure released their debut album, ’Three Imaginary Boys’. The members of this first line up had all attended Notre Dame Middle School in Crawley and first appeared on stage together in a one-off school band called Obelisk. Eventually settling down into a four piece called Easy Cure consisting of Robert Smith (guitar, vocals), Porl Thompson (guitar), Michael Dempsey (bass) and Lol Tolhurst (drums). Entering and winning a competition that resulted in the band being signed to German label Hansa, a number of demos were recorded which have yet to see the light of day. The label soon dropped the band because they did not see eye to eye on what they wanted. The band wanted to record original material where as the label wanted them to be a covers band. Released from their contract, Thompson would leave due to conflict with Smith. Smith felt that Thompson’s guitar playing was too busy (or too good) for a punk band. Smith was also writing songs that were considerably more minimalistic than their earlier work. Thompson would rejoin the band in 1983 but for the time being, he was out of the picture.

Dropping the Easy part of the name, the three piece recorded a demo at Chestnut Studios in Essex for distribution to record labels. Eventually, Chris Parry at Polydor decided that he would sign them as one of the first acts on his newly formed Fiction label. The resulting album, ‘Three Imaginary Boys’ did not meet Robert Smith’s standard as he was not given control over the track listing and cover art. This is clearly shown by the inclusion of a cover of the Jimi Hendrix song, ‘Foxy Lady’, which the band used as a soundcheck. As far as I can tell, it is the only cover the band has ever released on one of its records. It also has the distinction of being the only song by The Cure that was not sung by Robert Smith. On this occasion, bass player Michael Dempsey took on vocal duties. Three singles were also recorded during these early days and none of the A-Sides appeared on this album. Dempsey would leave before the recording of the next album as the band would leave this post punk sound behind and go on a much darker path. 

The album has been re-released many times over the years but in 2004, a deluxe edition came out which contained a number of unreleased songs from those early days as well as the aforementioned single cuts*. Having been a bit of a Cure fan, and even more so of their earlier work, I knew that there was a number of songs that could have been included to round this collection out and make it more substantial. With this being (nearly) the 45th Anniversary of its release, I though this would be a perfect opportunity to do so.

On disc 1, the first twelve tracks are the same as the original album. We then have all of the Single A and B-Sides, including those recorded at the time but not released until ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ was rereleased with a different vocal in the mid 80s. This disc also includes a number of sessions outtakes, a Peel Session from 1978 and ‘The Weedy Burton’, a hidden track on the original album which sounds as though it should be at the end of the CD and not half way through. 

Disc 1

  1. 10:15 Saturday Night – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  2. Accuracy – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  3. Grinding Halt – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  4. Another Day – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  5. Object – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  6. Subway Song – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  7. Foxy Lady – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  8. Meat Hook – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  9. So What – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  10. Fire in Cairo – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  11. It’s Not You – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  12. Three Imaginary Boys – Three Imaginary Boys Album
  13. Killing an Arab – Single A-side
  14. Boys Don’t Cry – Single A-side
  15. Plastic Passion – Single B-side (Boys Don’t Cry)
  16. Pillbox Tales – Single B-side (Boys Don’t Cry Reissue)
  17. Do The Hansa – Single B-side (Boys Don’t Cry Reissue)
  18. Jumping Someone Else’s Train Single – Single A-side
  19. I’m Cold – Single B-side (Jumping Someone Else’s Train)
  20. Winter – Three Imaginary Boys Out-Take
  21. Faded Smiles (I Don’t Know) – Three Imaginary Boys Out-Take
  22. Play With Me – Three Imaginary Boys Out-Take
  23. World War – Three Imaginary Boys Out-Take
  24. 10:15 Saturday Night – Peel Session (11/12/1978)
  25. Killing an Arab – Peel Session (11/12/1978)
  26. Fire in Cairo – Peel Session (11/12/1978)
  27. Boy’s Don’t Cry – Peel Session (11/12/1978)
  28. The Weedy Burton – Three Imaginary Boys Album

Disc 2 is a deeper dive into the early years of the band, including songs that were recorded when they were still known as Easy Cure. The first four songs are, I believe, from the sessions recorded at Hansa. These show the band as a lot more of a punk band than the tunes included on ‘Three Imaginary Boys’. Opening song is ‘See The Children’ and it is easy to see why this one has never ‘officially’ seen the light of day as it tells the story of a man who prays on children. The demo that secured the band its record deal with Fiction Records is also included as well as few live tracks and another Peel Session. 

Disc 2

  1. See The Children – Easy Cure Demo
  2. Meathook – Easy Cure Demo
  3. I Just Need Myself – Easy Cure Demo
  4. I Want to be Old – Easy Cure Demo
  5. Listen (Pillbox Tales) – Easy Cure Demo
  6. I’m Cold – Sav Studio Demo
  7. The Cocktail Party – Group Home Demo
  8. Grinding Halt – Group Home Demo
  9. Heroin Face – Live At The Rocket Crawely, December 1977
  10. 10:15 Saturday Night – Robert Smith Home Demo
  11. I Just Need Myself – Psl Studio Demo
  12. Boys Don’t Cry – Chestnut Studios Demo
  13. Fire In Cairo – Chestnut Studios Demo
  14. It’s Not You – Chestnut Studios Demo
  15. 10:15 Saturday Night – Chestnut Studios Demo
  16. Killing an Arab – Demo
  17. Faded Smiles – Demo
  18. Plastic Passion – Demo
  19. Subway Song – Live
  20. Accuracy – Live
  21. 10:15 Saturday Night – Live
  22. Desperate Journalist in Ongoing Meaningful Review Situation – Peel Session (06/05/1979)
  23. Plastic Passion – Peel Session (06/05/1979)
  24. Grinding Halt – Peel Session (06/05/1979)
  25. Do the Hansa – Jensen Session (13/08/1979)
  26. Subway Song – Peel Session (06/05/1979)

It might seem a bit excessive, especially as the listener would have to listen to five different versions of ’10:15 Saturday Night’, but it is a more comprehensive package than the original Deluxe Edition from 2004. 

The front cover is the same as the one used on the 2004 Deluxe Edition reissue of the album. 

*Except for ‘Killing an Arab’. Even though it is an adaptation of ‘The Stranger’ by Albert Camus, the song has had a controversial history due to a view that is promotes violence against Arabs. The Cure have even changed the lyrics when performing it in the 21st Century to either ‘Kissing an Arab’ or ‘Killing Another’. This was not concluded on the 2004 re-release of this album. 

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.5

We start this month with yet another two disc compilation of songs from the Briotpop Years.

Disc 1

  1. Breaking Into Heaven – The Stone Roses
  2. Yer Old (Young Version) – Reef
  3. Firestarter – The Prodigy
  4. Swallowed – Bush
  5. Change Me – Jocasta
  6. Does Your Mother Know – Ash
  7. Atomic – Sleeper
  8. If You Really Want To Know – Ether
  9. Travellers Tune (Original Version) – Ocean Colour Scene
  10. Sister Pain – Electrifixion
  11. Have You Seen Her Lately? – Pulp
  12. Country Salad Ballad Man – Blur
  13. High & Dry – Radiohead
  14. Blinded By The Sun – Seahorses
  15. Wild Wood (Sheared Wood Remix) – Paul Weller vs. Portishead
  16. Star – Primal Scream
  17. Whatever – Oasis

Disc 2

  1. Mysterons – Portishead
  2. Black Steel (Album Version) – Tricky
  3. Two Of Us – The Charlatans
  4. Cigarettes & Alcohol – Oasis
  5. Ciao! – Lush
  6. What A Beautiful Day – The Levellers
  7. Bluetonic – The Bluetones
  8. Mansize Rooster – Supergrass
  9. Driving South – The Stone Roses
  10. Milk  – Garbage feat. Tricky
  11. Whale – Catatonia
  12. Freeze The Atlantic – Cable
  13. Starrclub – Whiteout
  14. In The Meantime – Spacehog
  15. Tourniquet – Headswim
  16. How Can You Be Sure? – Radiohead
  17. Grassman – Dodgy
  18. No Surface All Feeling – Manic Street Preachers

The second disc could not be reproduced as one or more songs were not available on Spotify.

Various Artists – Unbelievable Too

Following on from last months ‘Unbelievable’ compilation, here we go with another set of songs from just before the Britpop era. The majority of the songs comes from 1992-1993 with the odd song from before this and just after, but these seemed to fit better on this compilation that the main Britpop Years ones. The only anomalies to all these are ‘The Shoe Of The Moon’ by The Waterboys and ‘Everyday Is Like Sunday’ by Morrissey. The Waterboys songs originally came out in 1985, but I only became aware of it from the 1991 re-release so it fits in here better (for me anyway) than an 80s compilation. 

Disc 1

  1. Connected – Stereo MC’s
  2. Hit – The Sugarcubes
  3. Ebeneezer Goode – The Shaman
  4. Jump Around – House Of Pain
  5. Ain’t No Love (Radio Edit) – Sub Sub feat. Melanie Williams
  6. Regret – New Order
  7. Runaway Train – Soul Asylum
  8. For Love – Lush
  9. Sex Type Thing – Stone Temple Pilots
  10. Far Gone & Out – The Jesus & Mary Chain
  11. Rocks – Primal Scream
  12. Spin The Bottle – Juliana Hatfield 3
  13. No Rain  – Blind Melon
  14. Two Princes – Spin Doctors
  15. Lenny Valentino – The Auteurs
  16. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms
  17. Is It Like Today – World Party
  18. So Glad (Single Version) – Thrum
  19. Creation – Stereo MC’s
  20. Haze On The Hills/The Majestic Song – The Tea Party

We were unable to recreate this playlist on Spotify due to one or more songs not being available on that platform.

Disc 2

  1. Born Of Frustration – James
  2. Good Morning Britain – Aztec Camera
  3. Friday I’m In Love – The Cure
  4. Movie’ On Up – Primal Scream
  5. Whole Of The Moon – The Waterboys
  6. Motorcycle Emptiness – Manic Street Preachers
  7. Alice, What’s The Matter – Terrorvision
  8. Shadow Of The Season – Strangelove
  9. Lucky You – The Lightning Seeds
  10. Welcome To The Cheap Seats – The Wonder Stuff
  11. Step It Up – Stereo MC’s
  12. Creep – Radiohead
  13. Babies – Pulp
  14. Put The Message In The Box – World Party
  15. Everyday Is Like Sunday – Morrissey
  16. Wild Wood – Paul Weller
  17. One – U2
  18. Me In Honey – R.E.M. 

The artwork is adapted from the compilation of the same name that came out in 2002.

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.4

For the next set in The Britpop Years collection, there are less of the big hitters and more of the groups that would not be considered Britpop, especially those acts that were not from UK.

Disc 1

  1. Stuck On Amber (Original Mix) – The Boo Radley
  2. I Believe (Edit) – Booth & The Bad Angel
  3. Trash – Suede
  4. Slight Return – The Bluetones
  5. Sick & Tired – The Cardigans
  6. Where The Wild Roses Grow – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  7. In The Name Of The Father – Black Grape
  8. A Design For Life – Manic Street Preachers
  9. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  10. Caught By The Fuzz – Supergrass
  11. All Gone Away – Joyrider
  12. Better Day – Ocean Colour Scene
  13. This Is Hardcore – Pulp
  14. Your Star Will Shine – The Stone Roses
  15. Tom Petty Loves Veruca Salt – Terrovision
  16. Karma Police – Radiohead
  17. Waiting For The Sun – Thrum
  18. Don’t Look Back In Anger – Oasis
  19. Stay Together (Full Length Version) – Suede

I cannot reproduce this play list here as one or more of these songs are not available on Spotify

Disc 2

  1. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
  2. Sale Of The Century – Sleeper
  3. What’s In The Box (See Whatcha Got) – The Boo Radleys
  4. King Of New York – Fun Lovin’ Criminals
  5. Stutter – Elastica
  6. Queer – Garbage
  7. Govinda – Kula Shaker
  8. Marblehead Johnson – The Bluetones
  9. Summertime – The Sundays
  10. Sleep Well Tonight – Gene
  11. Pink Glove – Pulp
  12. Monday Morning 5:19 – Rialto
  13. Everyday Should Be A Holiday – The Dandy Warhols
  14. She’s A Star – James
  15. The Circle – Ocean Colour Scene
  16. Not So Manic Now – Dubstar
  17. Linger (Live) – Cranberries
  18. Champagnes Supernova – Oasis
  19. Time To Go – Supergrass

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.3

The first of another month has come around and that means it must be time for another compilation of quality Britpop era tunes. I normally pick songs between the years 1994 and 1997, which is when I was at University and Britpop rules the waves. With this volume however, it seems that a stray tracks or two has snuck in from other years. ‘Low’ by Cracker was released in 1993 and Let’s Get Together by Gorky’s Zygotic Mynchi was released in 1998. There also are a few more artists from outside of the British Isles on this one as well as a few song songs taken from the rather wonderful H.E.L.P. compilation. This was a project where several artists went into recording studios on the same day with the idea of producing enough material for an album which would raise money for children living in war torn Yugoslavia. In my opinion, this was one of the greatest charity albums of all time.

Disc 1

  1. Tattva – Kula Shaker
  2. On The Rose – Tiger
  3. Need You Around – Smoking Popes
  4. Disco 2000 – Pulp
  5. Alright – Cast
  6. Girls & Boys – Blur
  7. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 – Neneh Cherry & Trout
  8. Randrops Keep Falling On My Head – Manic Street Preachers
  9. Ain’t That Enough – Teenage Fanclub
  10. Getting Better – Shed Seven
  11. Where I Find My Heaven – Gigolo Aunts
  12. Let’s Get Together – Gorky’s Zygotic Mynchi
  13. Roads – Portishead
  14. Fighting Fit – Gene
  15. Inbetweener – Sleeper
  16. Australia – Manic Street Preachers
  17. She Said – Longpigs
  18. Step Into My World – Hurricane #1
  19. If You Don’t Want Me To Destroy You – Super Furry Animals
  20. The Masterplan – Oasis

Disc 2

  1. It’s Oh So Quiet – Bjork
  2. Whole Lotta Love – Goldbug
  3. Setting Sun – The Chemical Brothers
  4. Sonnet – The Verve
  5. The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get – Morrissey
  6. Connection – Elastica
  7. In A Room – Dodgy
  8. Shipbuilding – Suede
  9. Dream A Little Dream – Terry Hall & Salad
  10. Angel Interceptor – Ash
  11. Jealousy – Octopus
  12. Low – Cracker
  13. Help The Aged – Pulp
  14. Ride The Tiger – The Boo Radleys
  15. Country House – Blur
  16. For The Dead – Gene
  17. Something 4 The Weekend – Super Furry Animals
  18. Songs Of Love – The Divine Comedy
  19. Nothing Lasts Forever – Echo & The Bunnymen
  20. Street Spirit (Fade Out) – Radiohead
  21. Judas Mon Coeur (French Version) – Belly

One or more of the songs on this collection were not available on Spotify. 

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.2

It is the first of the month so time for another Britpop Years compilation. Once again, this is not a playlist of Britpop songs/bands (even though the vast majority are), this includes music that came from the years 1994-97.

Disc 1

  1. Wake Up Boo! – The Boo Radleys
  2. Alright – Supergrass
  3. Sorted For E’s & Whizz – Pulp
  4. This Is A Call – Foo Fighters
  5. God! Show Me Magic – Super Furry Animals
  6. Block Rockin’ Beats – The Chemical Brothers
  7. The Day We Caught The Train – Ocean Colour Scene
  8. Everything Must Go – Manic Street Preachers
  9. Oh Yeah – Ash
  10. Peaches – The Presidents Of The United States Of America
  11. Battle Of Who Could Care Less – Ben Folds Five
  12. North Country Boy – The Charlatans (UK)
  13. The Universal – Blur
  14. Staying Out For The Summer – Dodgy
  15. You Can Talk To Me – The Seahorses
  16. King Of The Kerb – Echobelly
  17. Beautiful Ones – Suede
  18. Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  19. You Do – McAlmont & Butler
  20. Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
  21. Smile – The Supernaturals

Disc 2 

  1. Reverend Black Grape – Black Grape
  2. Annie – Elastica
  3. Lump – The Presidents Of The United States Of America
  4. Motorbike To Heaven – Salad
  5. Sour Times – Portishead
  6. Lost Myself – Longpigs
  7. One Night Stand – The Aloof
  8. Into The Blue – Geneva
  9. Common People – Pulp
  10. Drop Dead Gorgeous – Republica
  11. Just – Radiohead
  12. Stupid Girl – Garbage
  13. Kung Fu – Ash
  14. Perseverance – Terrorvision
  15. Live Forever – Oasis
  16. The Day Before Yesterday’s Man – The Supernaturals
  17. 6 Underground – Sneaker Pimps
  18. Protection – Massive Attack feat. Tracy Thorn
  19. Glory Box – Portishead
  20. Olympia – Gene

Various Artists – The Britpop Years Vol.1

I cannot believe that it is 30 years since the earliest releases of what would become Britpop came out. Yes, that period of the mid-90s where British bands seems to embraced the British music scenes of the late 60s, punk and glam rock vides of the 70s and even some indie influences of the 80s. This was where Cool Britannia became a thing and lad culture came to the fore. Women also got in on the act for those of you who remember The Girlie Show. Ah Britpop, the soundtrack to my university days and what days they were. I had never been into a current music scene before as I had always been looking backwards to the 60s and 70s for my musical fix. However, I was all over Britpop in a way I had not been before, and as it would turn out, since. 

Like any other music scene, it is difficult to pinpoint what the first release was. For me, the first of the so called Britpop bands I heard was Suede, even though it was only through the music press than their music. After hearing ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘So Young’ on the radio, I was hooked in and the first album was duly bought. It was also during this time that the infamous Channel 4 programme The Word was broadcast and through that show, I was introduced to the bands that would soundtrack the next three to four years of my life. Oasis, Supergrass and the more obscure Thrum were just some of the bands I heard there and went out the next day to buy their records. The time most associated with Britpop are between 1994 to 1997 and I have plundered these key years to produce a series of compilations, with this being the first.  

What is interesting about this movement is that it wasn’t really a movement the acts mostly associated with it wanted to be associated with. Three out of the so called big of Britpop bands have always maintained that they had nothing to do with it. Those bands being Blur, Oasis, Pulp and Suede. It also did not have much of a signature sound with the bands involved taking cues from so many periods in British music. However, one thing that the majority of he bands had was that they were guitar based.   

Those eagle eyed of you will notice that there are a number of these artist that would not normally appear on a Britpop complication. Well, you would be correct but the title of the CDs give this away. It is The Britpop Years, not just Britpop. Therefore, American bands such as the Foo Fighters, Smoking Popes and The Presidents Of The United States Of America make an appearance. Bands who would normally be classed as being from the more dance or trip hop music such Massive Attack or Portishead are here. There is even the odd interloper from 1993 and 1998. This isn’t just about Britpop. This is about the Britpop Years, the soundtrack to my time at university and the memories this music brings back. 

So, this year I will be presenting a number of Britpop themed compilations, lost albums as well as my usual content. 

Disc 1

  1. Yes – McAlmont & Butler
  2. Girl From Mars – Ash
  3. Place Your Hands – Reef
  4. Nancy Boy – Placebo
  5. Breathe – The Prodigy
  6. Scooby Snacks – Fun Lovin’ Crimnals
  7. Wide Open Space – Mansun
  8. Wonderwall – Oasis
  9. One To Another – The Charlatans (UK)
  10. Never Here – Elastica
  11. Novocaine For The Soul – Eels
  12. Richard III – Supergrass
  13. Hey Dude – Kula Shaker
  14. You’ve Got A Lot To Answer For – Catatonia
  15. Sparky’s Dream – Teenage Fanclub
  16. Good Enough – Dodgy
  17. Great Things – Echobelly
  18. Nice Guy Eddie – Sleeper
  19. Ladykillers – Lush
  20. Love Spreads – The Stone Roses
  21. Stardust – Menswear

Disc 2

  1. Miss Sarajevo – Passengers
  2. Life In Mono (Album Version) – Mono
  3. To The End – Blur & Francoise Hardy
  4. Nothing More’s Gonna Get In My Way – Supergrass
  5. Waking Up – Elastica
  6. What Do I Do Now? – Sleeper
  7. What Do You Want From Me? – Monaco
  8. The Riverboat Song – Ocean Colour Scene
  9. Acquiesce – Oasis
  10. Your Woman – White Town
  11. Do You Remember The First Time? – Pulp
  12. Just When You’re Thinking Things Over – The Charlatans (UK)
  13. Ready To Go – Republica
  14. You & Me Song – The Wannadies
  15. Love Fool – The Cardigans
  16. Stripper Vicar – Mansun
  17. Goldfinger – Ash
  18. Stars – Dubstar
  19. Your Love Is The Place Where I Come From – Teenage Fanclub

Various Artists – Psych, Crackle & Pop Volume 2

A second volume of ‘Psych, Crackle & Pop’ to end this year of Psych related compilations. The vast majority of songs on ‘Volume 1’ were taken from the corresponding web page but this volume has only a smattering of songs from there. For this one, I branched out a bit adding tunes from my own collection. As I have been using the same artwork that the person who put together the original website was using, I felt that this compilation needed to have one songs form each of the artists shown on the cover. This did prove a bit challenging as I am not a fan of The Id. 

Disc 1

  1. Morning Morgantown – Jude
  2. Summer – Octopus
  3. Keep The Motor Running – The Exception (UK)
  4. Sun – Margo Guryan
  5. Waiting For Someone – Mortimer
  6. Let Her Come In – Sapphire Thinkers
  7. We Can Help You – Nirvana (UK)
  8. Turn of The Century – Bee Gees
  9. Maybe After He’s Gone – The Zombies
  10. How’s Ya Pa – Jawbone
  11. Don’t Turn Around – The Loot
  12. Midspring Dithering – Roy Harper
  13. Wild Times – The Id
  14. Please Excuse My Face – Kaleidoscope
  15. Midsummer Dreaming – John Carter & Russ Alquist
  16. Nursery Rhyme – The Pleasure Fair
  17. Portobello Road – Billy Nicholls
  18. Bat Mucumba – Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gai Costa & Os Mutantes
  19. Night Of The Lions (Single Version) – Mark Eric
  20. Hello Suzie – The Hello Corner
  21. A Little Bit Of Shangri La – Our Plastic Dream
  22. Glasshouse Green Splinter Red – The Kinsmen
  23. Hold My Hand – the Rokes
  24. Tinkerbell’s Mind – The Glitterhouse
  25. On A Saturday – Kieth West
  26. To Girls – Juan & Junior
  27. I Said Goodbye to Hime – The Glass Menagerie
  28. A Certain Kind – Sort Machine

Disc 2

  1. Would You Believe (Mono Single Version) – Billy Nicholls
  2. The Better Side – Freedom
  3. Mr. Lion – The Marmalade
  4. Why Don’t You Follow Me – Mighty Joe Young
  5. Can You See Me? – Piccadilly Line
  6. Somewhere Friday Night – The Turtles
  7. One Hour Cleaners – The Blue Things
  8. Evening’s Child – Savage Rose
  9. Don’t Go Away – Margo Guryan
  10. Long Hair Soulful – Bhagavad Gita
  11. Ill Wind – Morgan
  12. Gold Is The Colour Of Thought – The Smoke (US)
  13. White Paper Sail – The Smubbs
  14. Don’t You Ever Want To Think About Them? – Bear
  15. Slow Motion – The Sweet
  16. Similitude – Elizabeth
  17. If I Knew You Were The One – Richard Twice
  18. Raggedy Ann – John Randolph Marr
  19. Writer In The Sun – Donovan
  20. Why Are We Sleeping? – Soft Machine
  21. 10,000 Years Behind My Mind – Earl Jordan
  22. Together – The Illusion
  23. Casey Jones – Billy Nicholls

Due to the original image being so low, I have had to recreate it. I could not get the same font for the “Psych Crackle & Pop’ name but other than that, it is as close as I could get it. 

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’.