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Think I’m Going Weird: manufatti originali della scena psichedelica britannica 1966-1968

Londra ( Stefano Piratella)  Qualcuno si ricora della Londra durante la Summer Of Love?

Per celebrare la sua centesima uscita, l’etichetta di ristampa Grapefruit ha pubblicato il suo set deluxe più impressionante fino ad oggi.

Con oltre 120 canzoni distribuite su cinque dischi, dei Think I’m Going Weird, ma non solo anche una miniera di tesori dei più grandi nomi dell’epoca come Traffic and the Kinks, eroi di culto come i Nirvana e i Creation .

La raccolta bene dettagliata della scena psichedelica britannica, un epico set di cinque CD/libro che include più di 50 minuti di musica inedita del periodo ceh va dal 1966-68.

Questa raccolta che vede inseriti The Who e The Small Faces e  band più, The Move, Procol Harum, Pink Floyd, The Incredible String Band The Crazy World of Arthur Brown  riportano sulla scena la storia della spichedelica Britannica. Non solo si rivivono anche i club storici  come UFO e Middle Earth ha fornirono un terreno fertile a molte  bande dell’epoca, come Family, Fairport Convention, Chariot di Dantalian, Blossom Toes e Velvet Opera di Elmer Gantry.

Fu’ un periodo vibrante, intenso e altamente produttivo che è cresciuto dall’innocenza della scena pop e ha aperto la strada agli anni Settanta e al prog rock (e come per sottolineare questo punto particolare, c’è una bella anteprima all’interno di questa raccolta di ciò che fu un gruppo di giovani studenti, che si facevano  chiamare Genesi.

The Yardbirds – 1966
The Yardbirds – 1966

Come se non bastasse, ci sono anche delle  demo inedite, in studio di artisti del calibro di Tintern Abbey, The Soft Machine, Mabel Greer’s Toyshop, Genesis, Mandrake Paddle Steamer, Dantalian’s Chariot e altri.

Forse la cosa più strabiliante di tutte che propone la raccolta e’ una serie di registrazioni finora sconosciute di band che solo ora grazie a questo cofanetto stanno guadagnando la loro prima volta in assoluto, tra cui Eyes Of Blond, Tinsel Arcade, Crystal Ship (il cui contributo include testi di Pete Brown) e il semi- il mitico 117, un nome così leggendario dai volantini e dai manifesti dell’epoca che negli anni ’90 hanno persino avuto una psych fanzine named  nel Regno Unito.

Un’impresa storica eccellente, abbagliante di  ricerca, “Think I’m Going Weird…” è disponibile anche in un formato di libro A5 di 60 pagine con annotazione su ogni traccia di 25.000 parole con alcune foto e cimeli straordinari e rari.

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Per chie e’ appassionato alla psichedelia britannica, è semplicemente un acquisto essenziale.

 

 

rack Listing:

DISC ONE:

1 THINK I’M GOING WEIRD – Art
2 MY CLOWN (single mix) – July
3 THE VIEW – Gary Walker & The Rain
4 UTTERLY SIMPLE – Traffic
5 A WOMAN OF DISTINCTION – Caleb
6 LIKE THE SUN, LIKE THE FIRE – Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
7 LAZY OLD SUN (alternative version, stereo) – The Kinks
8 PLASTIC DAFFODILS – Atlanta Roots
9 PSYCHEDELIA – Ron Geesin
10 DREAM STARTS – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera
11 TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE IN ME – Strawbs
12 FUNNIEST GIG – Manfred Mann
13 SUNNY CELLOPHANE SKIES – The Status Quo
14 MRS GRUNDY – Plastic Penny
15 BUFFALO BILLYCAN – Apple
16 CHARLES BROWN – Sweet Feeling
17 ROSIE CAN’T FLY – Sleepy
18 I KNOW, SHE BELIEVES – The Picadilly Line
19 THE LOBSTER – Fairport Convention
20 YELLOW BRICK ROAD – The Mindbenders
21 THE STORY OF DAVID – Granny’s Intentions
22 THE DEVIL RIDES OUT – Icarus
23 IS ANYBODY HOME? – The Mirage
24 WHY – Eyes Of Blond*
*previously unreleased

DISC TWO:

1 WORLD WAR III – Dantalian’s Chariot
2 SEE THROUGH WINDOWS – Family
3 SALAD DAYS (ARE HERE AGAIN) – Procol Harum
4 THE TRUTH IS PLAIN TO SEE – Freedom
5 SUN SING – Force Four
6 MR SMALL THE WATCH REPAIRER MAN – Kaleidoscope
7 IMAGE BLOWN OUT – Genesis
8 LIFE IS JUST BEGINNING – The Creation
9 TAKING OUT TIME – The Spencer Davis Group
10 THAT MAN – Small Faces
11 YOU’RE HAUNTING ME – The Hi-Fis
12 MRS GILLESPIE’S REFRIGERATOR – Sands
13 PLEASE RETURN – Rust
14 LAST MINUTE – The Nashville Teens 15 ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER – The Alan Bown!
16 THE TOUCHABLES (ALL OF US) – Nirvana
17 HALLIFORD HOUSE – The Virgin Sleep
18 CATHERINE’S WHEEL – Denny Laine
19 GIRL IN THE MIRROR – Christopher Colt
20 ELEVATOR (single mix) – Grapefruit
21 WORLD IN MY HEAD – Mike Stuart Span
22 UFO – Neo Maya
23 THE LAUGHING MAN – John Carter & Russ Alquist
24 FLOATIN’ – Vamp
25 LIFE DOES NOT SEEM WHAT IT SEEMS – Tinsel Arcade*
26 SCENE OF THE LEMON QUEEN – One Step Beyond*
*previously unreleased

DISC THREE:

1 HAPPENINGS TEN YEARS TIME AGO – The Yardbirds
2 HAVE SOME MORE TEA – The Smoke
3 WALK UPON THE WATER – The Move
4 JABBERWOCK – Boeing Duveen And The Beautiful Soup
5 THE MAD HATTER’S SONG – The Incredible String Band
6 SHOPLIFTERS – Ivor Cutler Trio
7 LOOK OUT THERE’S A MONSTER COMING – The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
8 SARA, CRAZY CHILD (extended German 45 version) – John’s Children
9 BEYOND THE RISING SUN – Tyrannosaurus Rex
10 HEY GIRL – JP Sunshine
11 MR SUNSHINE (film version) – Barclay James Harvest
12 TICK TOCK – Shyster
13 CHEADLE HEATH DELUSIONS – Felius Andromeda
14 THE INCREDIBLE JOURNEY OF TIMOTHY CHASE – Tomorrow
15 THE BIRTHDAY – The Idle Race
16 HOW CAN WE HANG ON TO A DREAM? – The Moody Blues
17 YES IS A PLEASANT COUNTRY – Circus
18 SUMMER SUN SHINES – The Fresh Windows
19 THE BLUE MAN RUNS AWAY – Crystal Ship*
20 WHAT’S HAPPENING? – The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
21 MOTHER’S MAGAZINE – Mother’s Pride*
22 FLYING MACHINE – Turquoise
23 IN THE PARK – The Cortinas
24 HUNG UP ON A DREAM – The Zombies
25 WE ARE THE MOLES PART 1 – The Moles
26 WE ARE THE MOLES PART 2 – The Moles
*previously unreleased

DISC FOUR:

1 ARMENIA CITY IN THE SKY – The Who
2 FREDEREEK HERNANDO – One In A Million
3 FLOWERMAN – The Syn
4 I CAN HEAR COLOURS – The Motives
5 GREEN – The Lion & The Fish
6 I’M SO LOW (aka JET- PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPH) – The Soft Machine
7 JEANETTA – Mabel Greer’s Toyshop
8 COME OVER STRANGER – Canto
9 CHILDREN OF THE SUN (demo version) – The Misunderstood
10 BROTHER CAN YOU SPARE A DIME – St. Valentine’s Day Massacre
11 (I’M SO) SAD – The Magic Mixture
12 YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE LOVE BABE – The Graham Bond Organisation
13 RUMBLE OF MERSEY SQUARE SOUTH – Wimple Winch
14 COSMIC TRIP – Third Ear Band
15 I BRING THE SUN – John Bryant
16 POLICE IS HERE – A New Generation
17 SPICKS AND SPECKS – The Bee Gees
18 DEATH OF THE SEASIDE – The Human Instinct
19 BOYS AND GIRLS TOGETHER – Friday’s Chyld*
20 CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE – Jason Crest
21 TOYMAKER’S SHOP – Louise
22 PLASTIC AEROPLANE – Medium Rare*
23 VENUSIAN MOONSHINE (live at Middle Earth) – 117*
*previously unreleased

DISC FIVE:

1 PATH THROUGH THE FOREST – The Factory
2 FREEDOM FOR YOU – The Attack
3 WALKING THROUGH MY DREAMS – Pretty Things
4 DON’T GO ‘WAY LITTLE GIRL – The Shame
5 MY PRAYER – Tintern Abbey*
6 PHANTOM I – Jade Hexagram
7 COVER GIRL – Perfumed Garden
8 ROSE COLOURED GLASSES – The Tickle
9 AMY PEATE – The Orange Bicycle
10 DREAM IN MY MIND – Rupert’s People
11 SPIDER – Downliners Sect
12 WHAT ON EARTH (single mix) – Blossom Toes
13 BUILDING UP A DREAM – The End
14 THE CAT – The Merseys
15 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW – Mandrake Paddle Steamer
16 WATERWAYS (demo version) – East Of Eden
17 WHICH WAY – The Sorrows
18 BUN – The Deviants
19 ANOTHER VINCENT VAN GOGH – The 23rd Turnoff
20 SMILE AT THE SAD SUN – Champagne*
21 TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES – The Zany Woodruff Operation*
22 SITTING ON A BLUNESTONE – Tales Of Justine
23 BRAIN – The Action

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