94 Baker Street: The Pop-Psych Sounds of the Apple Era: 1967-1969

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A slight cautionary note here: although all of the artists on this compilation had affiliations with the Beatles' Apple company in the late '60s, just one the Iveys, who later became Badfinger actually recorded for Apple Records. The others -- Focal Point, Grapefruit, Paintbox, Ways and Means, and John Fitch -- released songs administered by Apple's publishing company, without actually releasing material on the Apple label. That clarification noted, this is a decent anthology of obscure late-'60s British rock ten of the 18 tracks previously unreleased that's pretty far toward the "pop" side of "pop-psychedelia", as well as bearing a tangential connection to one of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A slight cautionary note here: although all of the artists on this compilation had affiliations with the Beatles' Apple company in the late '60s, just one the Iveys, who later became Badfinger actually recorded for Apple Records. The others -- Focal Point, Grapefruit, Paintbox, Ways and Means, and John Fitch -- released songs administered by Apple's publishing company, without actually releasing material on the Apple label. That clarification noted, this is a decent anthology of obscure late-'60s British rock ten of the 18 tracks previously unreleased that's pretty far toward the "pop" side of "pop-psychedelia", as well as bearing a tangential connection to one of the most interesting pop enterprises of the time, Apple. By far the most famous of the performers were the Iveys, and Badfinger fans will be excited by the appearance of five previously unissued Iveys demos here, only one of which "Maybe Tomorrow" would be re-recorded for official release. Though these aren't as hook-ridden as the best of Badfinger, the promise is there, with a couple of songs boasting a late-'60s mod rock Who-ish sound that wouldn't be typical of Badfinger's eventual style. Serious Beatles fans will probably also be familiar with Grapefruit, the band built around songwriter George Alexander older brother of the Easybeats' George Young. This CD has their minor British hit single "Dear Delilah," the B-side "Ain't It Good," and alternate non-orchestrated versions of two songs from their first LP "Lullaby" and "Another Game"; perhaps unsurprisingly, they sound like a combination of the Easybeats and the Beatles' more fey-sounding pop-psych excursions. Also in the Easybeats mold are a couple George Alexander songs given to other artists, Paintbox's "Getting Ready for Love" on which Easybeats George Young and Harry Vanda actually play and Ways and Means' "Breaking Up a Dream." Rounding out the collection are a single and three previously unreleased tracks by Focal Point, who do perhaps the most precious and fairy tale-like pop-psychedelia here, and the less enjoyable heavy soul-rock of John Fitch & Associates. It's an interesting little-known chapter in Apple/Beatles lore, then, but the presentation could have been better. The liner notes are excellent, but a couple of the Focal Point songs play in an order different than the track listing, and the three numbers by the Misunderstood all available elsewhere that appear in the track listing somehow weren't included on the actual CD at all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/4/2003
  • Label: Rpm Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929527027
  • Catalog Number: 270

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sycamore Sid - Focal Point (2:41)
  2. 2 Love You Forever - Focal Point (2:57)
  3. 3 Never Never - Focal Point (3:26)
  4. 4 Girl on the Corner - Focal Point (2:20)
  5. 5 'Cept Me - Focal Point (2:53)
  6. 6 Dear Delilah - Grapefruit (2:36)
  7. 7 Ain't It Good - Grapefruit (2:40)
  8. 8 Lullaby - Grapefruit (3:15)
  9. 9 Another Game - Grapefruit (2:50)
  10. 10 Breaking Up a Dream - Ways And Means (2:28)
  11. 11 I'm Too Shy - The Iveys (2:45)
  12. 12 Maybe Tomorrow - The Iveys (2:46)
  13. 13 Tube Train - The Iveys (2:27)
  14. 14 She Came Out of the Cold - The Iveys (2:42)
  15. 15 I've Been There Once Before - The Iveys (5:00)
  16. 16 Children of the Sun - The Misunderstood (2:51)
  17. 17 I Unseen - The Misunderstood (2:03)
  18. 18 Find the Hidden Door - The Misunderstood (2:16)
  19. 19 Getting Ready for Love - Paintbox (3:04)
  20. 20 Romantic Attitude - John Fitch (3:24)
  21. 21 Stoned Out of It - John Fitch (2:25)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Alexander Composer
Rick Brown Composer
Tom Evans Composer
John H. Fitch Jr. Composer
Pete Ham Composer
Tony Hill Composer
James Phelan Artwork
Ron Griffiths Composer
Zack Laurence Arranger
Stefan Granados Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Tennant Composer
Dave Rhodes Composer
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