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Restless Night Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (October 9, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • ASIN: B000HC2NR4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,206 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. River
2. Summer
3. I Was So Young
4. Council Plans
5. Restless Night
6. Orchard Bloom
7. Queen & The Pauper
8. I Say
9. John's Rock
10. Rainchild
11. Tide
12. Thief (Bonus Track)
13. Girlfriend (Bonus Track)
14. Laugh At The Poor Man (Bonus Track)
15. Peer Gynt Suite (Live) (Bonus Track)
16. Call Me A Fool (Bonus Track)
17. Turning Night Into Day (Bonus Track)
18. Happy Together (Bonus Track)
19. Bye Bye Baby (Bonus Track)
20. I Want Her, She Wants Me (Bonus Track)
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Editorial Reviews

Octopus's sole 1969 long-player Restless Night is something of a treasure among '60s Brit-psych fans due to its mixture of proto-progressive riffs, accomplished pop tunes and sparkling Beatlesque flourishes. So here it is pop pickers, for the first time EVER, the original version of the Octopus album as the band intended... containing two previously unheard (and uniformly excellent) tunes plus the usual plethora of previously unreleased bonus tracks, single sides, demos and even a mind-blowing contemporary live recording of Grieg's "Peer Gynt Suite"! You better believe it daddio! Our edition also features new and extensive liner notes telling the full-on story of Octopus and the last days of The Cortinas as they morphed from provincial beat favorites into psychedelic warriors.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Rathert on December 9, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Fans of psychedelic rock, especially guitar driven and/or of the British variety will be thrilled with this Cherry Red Records Rev-Ola imprint release. Containing the band's one and only album and 10 bonus tracks, the disc runs a full 75 minutes. Beginning with the band's earliest recordings, as the Cortinas, under which moniker they released one single, before being "discovered" by Larry Page, producer of bands such as the Troggs, who put the band in the studio with the result being the "Restless Night" lp. To the band's consternation, however, Page stripped two of the band's favorite cuts, "I Was So Young" and "Orchard Bloom" from the release. Thankfully, the lp is restored to its original 12 track content, and is joined by the band's debut single "Girlfriend" c/w "Laught At The Poor Man" as well as the Cortina's single "Phoebe's Flower Shop" c/w "Too Much In Love" as well as 6 previously unreleased sides, two of which are live recordings. The band's membership was fluid, with only brothers Nigel and Paul Griggs, on bass and guitar playing on all the tracks. The band shifted from twin guitar, bass, and drum composition to single guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums midway through the recording of the album, but the quality of the songs and the musicianship is stellar throughout. Unfortunately, as with most releases on Page's Penny Farthing label, the band's releases received very limited distribution and even less publicity, the result being the premature demise of Octopus in 1971. Fortunately, the complete recordings of the band, 22 tracks in all, are presented here along with a 12 page booklet. Octopus rocks hard and will not disappoint fans of late 60s/early 70s psych and progressive rock. Be sure to pick up this release before it goes out of print, as "Restless Night" has never before been available with all the bonus tracks, and can be obtained at a bargain price from Amazon drop shippers. Don't miss out on this marvelous release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Golovanov Alexey on July 29, 2012
Format: Audio CD
"Musically we're talking pretty commercial pop/rock with just the occasional hint of psychedelia" (Tapestry of Delights) - more or less the same verdict applies to the sacred cow of show business. "Octopus" were less fortunate and a bit too late to claim their share of fame, but they were blessed with the same rare gift of songwriting as Fab Four, to whom they are equal in many aspects, while in some aspects I found them superior - the vocals are different from high-pitched, syrupy and nasal unison whining which was standard for British pop, inherited from pre- and post-war music hall culture.
I confessed on several occasions already that I admire more heavier music, but the album is sheer delight and far too good to miss, it's one of these rare treasure chests full of melodies easy to remember and impossible to forget. Top-rate pop harmonies (Beatles-influenced) craftily blended with a hint of psychedelia and venturing into prog.
Although the muse of history regretfully doesn't have the word "if" in her vocabulary, - if only "Octopus" would have been signed to another label/manager, their destiny could have been totally different.
The band started in 1963 as The Cortinas by Paul Griggs (who was 19 at the time) joined by his younger brother Nigel (who was 14); the name was changed to "Octopus' in 1968. In 1969 through Tony Murray (bass guitarist of The Troggs) they've got introduced to Larry Page, and signed to his Penny Farthing label.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. McDonald on February 2, 2013
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This is one of the best bands of the era. Not as well known as they should be. However, they get enough love from record collectors to make up for it.
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