94 Baker Street: The Pop-Psych Sounds of the Apple Era 1967-1969
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Full title - 94 Baker Street - The Pop Psych Sounds Of The Apple Era '67-'69. 2003 compilation highlights the exciting pop & psych sounds that originated at 84 Baker St., where The Beatles launched their Apple organization. 21 tracks from the likes of Focal Point, Grapefruit, & The Iveys (who would evolve into Badfinger). Includes many very rare, previously unreleased, & exclusive tracks. RPM.
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As for the tracks that are on here, most range from good to fair, cut as they are from mostly Beatles-inspired psych rock of the era. If you like that genre, you'll probably find something of interest here. I bought this primarily for the Iveys (Badfinger) tracks, and they're all worth hearing: Even if you think you know these songs, you haven't heard these versions, including a much improved "She Came Out of the Cold." And if you don't get out of your chair after hearing Paintbox's "Getting Ready for Love," you're probably handicapped or dead. Focal Point also has some strong numbers(one wretched low point is "'Cept Me" in which FP doesn't seem to think singing in key is important). All in all, some good stuff here in the 18 tracks--not 21, 18.
You should also know that the bands on the disc were signed to and represented by Apple Music Publishing. Some had Apple Records releases. Some did not. Do not think you are purchasing a collection of non-Beatle Apple 45's as I did.
Also, don't expect a collection of Beatle clones. Certainly, their influence is felt, but the major influence on many of these songs is the Hollies! (For example, "Breaking Up a Dream" by Ways and Means sounds exactly like the Hollies to me.)
If you love Syd Barrett you must own a copy of "Sycamore Sid" (actual track one) by Focal Point. It is the best Syd Barrett-style lyric I've ever heard, other than Syd's own. Truly, one of the greatest and most hilarious unheard sixties gems. If the disc contained only this song, it would be worth your few quid.
You must also experience the mind-blowing psych of "Lullaby" by Grapefruit, also one of the greatest sixties obscurities, fusing elements of Hollies, Beatles and Beach Boys. Utterly lovely.
Certainly, the Iveys (who grew up to be Badfinger)demos are fantastic,propelled by the energy of the Who (especially the dead-on Who impression "Tube Train") and the harmonies of the Hollies and Beatles. Tremendous stuff.
The other artist are the great band "Grapefruit" with Alex Young, (brother of George Young of the Easybeats and Flash and the Pan), Focal Point, Misunderstood, Paintbox and others.
"I'm Too Shy" is a commercial pscychedelic type song written by Tom Evans; nice song, surprisingly good sound.
The demo version of "Maybe Tomorrow" is without the string arrangement from the finished version; otherwise much the same as the known version.
"Tube Train" by Ron Griffiths is a very interesting song showing the experimental and psychedlic side of the band. Much in the style of early Who and Tomorrow recordings. Great song.
"She Came Out of The Cold" is a quite different recording than the one released with the brilliant Badfinger biography by Dan Matovina. Different lyrics too. Fine song.
"I've Been There Once Before" is another experimental and psychedlic recording. Would have been the perfect closing track on an Iveys Pscychedelic 1967 album.
A great new piece of information on the booklet says:
"RPM plans to release a comprehensive collection of these rare Iveys demos. live performances and radio sessions sometime in 2004, tentatively titled, "The Iveys: How Much Is The Sky"
Lullaby (Grapefruit), Tube Train ( Iveys ) and Getting Ready For Love ( Paintbox)