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on April 27, 2001
This cd is a glorious find and (re)introduces the world to the so-called "Bosstown" sound.
While LA, (Love, the Doors, Seeds, Standells, etc) San Francisco, (Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Grateful Dead, It's a Beautiful Day, etc) and New York (Blues Magoos, Fugs, Velvet Underground) all had well-established "scenes" that produced hit records in the mid-late 1960's, Boston, too, thrived with its own disctict scene. Garage acts, such as the Barbarians, the Remains, and Teddy & the Pandas, produced national hits in the mid 60's. As was common in most parts of the country, garage sounds melded into pstchedelia as the 60's progressed. From it came the so-called "Bosstown Sound."
The "Bosstown Sound" emerged from clubs and dancehalls, such as the famed Boston Tea Party (where the Velvet Undrground ca. 1969-70 made frequent visits, and the original Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green, would play their last concerts together in 1970- both acts have recorded material from the Tea Party), the Ark, Club 47, the Psychedelic Supermarket, and the Crosstown Bus.
The bands were as unique as their names- the Ultimate Spinach. The Beacon Street Union. Freeborne. Earth Opera (which featured mandolin legend David Grisman) Phulph. Of these acts, the Ultimate Spinach and Beacon Street Union both made popular lps ("Ultimate Spinach," and "The Eyes of the Beacon Street Union"), while all the acts made memorable lps ("Phulph" is well worth seeking out- filled with great organ and guitar work) and catchy singles, which is where this collection comes in.
Like most big cities, Boston's scene offered wonderful variety, from the great blues covers by Apple Pie Motherhood Band, to baroque stylings of the Ultimate Spinach, to folksy leanings of Earth Opera. While the Ultimate Spinach, Ill Wind, Earth Opera, Lost, and Orpheus have tracks on various 60's underground compilations, many of these bands are seeing the light of day for the 1st time on cd, such as Puff, (their "Go With You" is a catchy number) Bagatelle, (featuring the superb, meaty "Everybody Knows") and the Rockin' Ramrods.
This 2 cd set is hard to find, but if you do find it, snatch it up. It's a wonderful look at some very interesting psychedelia. Avid collectors will enjoy it.
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on October 10, 2009
Disc One
01. (Ballad of) The Hip Death Goddess - Ultimate Spinach
02. Baroque #1 - Ultimate Spinach
03. Fragmentary March of Green - Ultimate Spinach
04. Can't Find the Time - Orpheus
05. Walk Away Renee - Orpheus
06. Brown Arms in Houston - Orpheus
07. Tomorrow Man - Orpheus
08. Maybe More Than You - The Lost
09. Everybody Knows - The Lost
10. Mystic (Seven Starry Skies) - The Lost
11. Violet Gown - The Lost
12. Everybody Knows - Bagatelle
13. Back on the Farm - Bagatelle
14. Off With the Old - Chamaeleon Church
15. In a Kindly Way - Chamaeleon Church
16. World Has Just Begun - Ultimate Spinach
17. Happiness, Child - Ultimate Spinach
18. Eddie's Rush - Ultimate Spinach

Disc Two
01. Born Under a Bad Sign - Apple Pie Motherhood Band
02. Gypsy - Apple Pie Motherhood Band
03. Goodbye Girl - Eden's Children
04. Just Let Go - Eden's Children
05. Come In, It's All for Free - The Eagle
06. Kickin' It Back to You - The Eagle
07. Separated - The Eagle
08. Vacuum - The Rockin' Ramrods as Puff
09. Go With You - The Rockin' Ramrods as Puff
10. Looking in My Window - The Rockin' Ramrods as Puff
11. Bright Lit Blue Skies - The Rockin' Ramrods
12. Can't You See - The Rockin' Ramrods
13. Prophecies/Morning Blue - Front Page Review
14. Silver Children - Front Page Review
15. Valley of Eyes - Front Page Review
16. In My Dark World - The Ill Wind
17. High Flyin' Bird - The Ill Wind
18. American Eagle Tragedy - Earth Opera
19. Red Sox Are Winning - Earth Opera
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