Looking At The Pictures In The Sky: British Psychedelic Sounds of 1968/ Various
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2017 three CD collection re-issued with new artwork and revised tracklisting. It goes without saying that 1968 doesn't have the same kind of cachet as 1967 - a year that, in musical terms, will always be indelibly associated with the Summer of Love, Sgt. Pepper and the emergence of psychedelia. But although the major players turned away from the excesses of the previous year in favor of a back-to-basics musical approach, there were arguably a greater number of psychedelic records made in 1968 than during the preceding twelve months. Vital, lysergically-inclined 45s emerged from a whole host of younger groups, with The Factory, Mike Stuart Span, Fleur de Lys, The Fire, The Barrier, Boeing Duveen, Rupert's People and numerous others all releasing singles that have long been widely regarded by psychedelic collectors as genre classics. All these and more are gathered on Looking At The Pictures In The Sky, which provide a fascinating overview of the group scene in Britain (and Ireland!) in 1968, shining a light on unreleased gems, cult classics, choice album cuts, neglected B-sides and alternative versions. As with it's 1967 equivalent Let's Go Down And Blow Our Minds, the four-hour, 78-track anthology Looking At The Pictures In The Sky is housed in a striking clambox that contains a 44 page booklet crammed with biographical information and rare photographs of the featured acts.
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Included are quite a few groups relatively or basically unknown to fans of this period in British rock. Included are The Factory, Circle Plantagenet, Fortes Mentum (who with slightly different personnel recorded as Pussy), The Spectrum, The Bystanders, Ice (hear the band Affinity), and a number of other obscure groups. Also here are better known bands like Fleur De Lys, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Pretty Things, Procol Harum, Staus Quo, Spencer Davis Group, The Move, and a few others fans will recognize. Plus there's Jethro Toe (Tull), Episode Six, Junior's Eyes, Mike Stuart Span (later morphing into Leviathan), Honeybus, The Deviants, Guy and David-The Five Day Straw People (Andromeda), and other bands known to some fans.
But the weight is slanted toward tracks that haven't shown up in other collections that, along with the relatively well known tracks, makes this collection another winner in this loose, on-going series. The depth of music here shows that '68 was still a hotbed for psychedelic music in various styles from pop-psyche to harder things with a psychedelic feel.
If (like me) you were lucky enough to be from that era, and/or like what many groups were recording and releasing--whether we got to hear it or not at the time--this box collects quite a few small gems that are good examples of little known "psychedelic" music wrapped up in psyche overtones. And if you read the booklet you'll come across a number of well known names from (later) well known bands who contributed some great music before going on to the big time. Another great set of mostly obscure music that can sit alongside the previuos box set.
Also Procol Harem 😊
The booklet mentions this version and notes the band was better known as Larry's Rebels. Well not quite. By the time of 'My Son John' Larry had left to be replaced by Glyn Mason hence the name change. The Rebels had the number 1 that Larry's Rebels never did but never quite became the legends of the earlier band. The Onyx version is great and the equal of our chart topping local like every track on here. There's the great 'phased' cover of the Equals 'I Get So Excited' by the Real McCoy that is essential and 80 other tracks just as good! If you haven't already buy it!