Fairytales Can Come True: UK Popsych from the Late '60s

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The idea of this compilation is to present obscure British recordings from the late '60s that had a definite psychedelic feel, but also had a lot of harmony pop influence at work as well. Often this led to a particularly precious branch of psychedelia dubbed (long after the fact) by some collectors as "toytown" music, in part because of a preoccupation with British character sketches, childhood nostalgia, and fantasy that was largely absent from American psychedelic rock. There's some of that here, but fortunately this largely steers clear of excessively precious and twee material, though some of it does have the good-time bounce that leaked down to so many bands ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The idea of this compilation is to present obscure British recordings from the late '60s that had a definite psychedelic feel, but also had a lot of harmony pop influence at work as well. Often this led to a particularly precious branch of psychedelia dubbed (long after the fact) by some collectors as "toytown" music, in part because of a preoccupation with British character sketches, childhood nostalgia, and fantasy that was largely absent from American psychedelic rock. There's some of that here, but fortunately this largely steers clear of excessively precious and twee material, though some of it does have the good-time bounce that leaked down to so many bands from the circa-1967 Beatles and Kinks. None of these were hits or anything close to it, of course, but some general '60s collectors might actually recognize some of the musicians, particularly the Searchers (represented by a fairly respectable, and seldom anthologized, late-'60s 45, "Umbrella Man"); Jackie Lomax, as leader of the Lomax Alliance; Los Bravos, of "Black Is Black" fame (here heard covering the Easybeats' song "Bring a Little Lovin'"); Ian Matthews, heard on the Pyramid's breezy "Summer of Last Year," recorded shortly before he joined Fairport Convention; and Hedgehoppers Anonymous and the Roulettes, both of whom had a little U.K. success on record in the '60s. What's most impressive about this compilation, however, is that there's a fair amount of variety in the selections, encompassing an obscure Troggs cover (Barry Benson's "Cousin Jane"), almost raw folk-rock (Hedgehoppers Anonymous' "Daytime"), sub-Walker Brothers balladeering (the Virgil Brothers' "Look Away"), and nearly baroque moodiness with influence from both classical music and Beach Boys harmonies (Fred Lloyd's "Kissed Him," Dreams' "A Boy Needs a Girl," and Dave Christie's "Penelope Breedlove"). If you want more singsongy sugary stuff, that's here, too, but not so much so that listening to the CD gets to be an overly sickly sweet experience. It's definitely an anthology for deep U.K. psych specialists, but likely one of the better ones in this subgenre to ever be compiled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Psychic Circle
  • EAN: 5051125700615
  • Catalog Number: 7006
  • Sales rank: 215,849

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summer of Last Year - The Pyramid (3:07)
  2. 2 Bring a Little Lovin' - Bravos (2:25)
  3. 3 Kissed Him - Fred Lloyd (2:04)
  4. 4 See the People - Lomax Alliance (2:14)
  5. 5 Cousin Jane - Barry Benson (2:35)
  6. 6 A Boy Needs a Girl - Dreams (2:28)
  7. 7 Mary Ann She - Grisbydyke (2:56)
  8. 8 Fairy Tales Can Come True - San Francisco Earthquake (2:29)
  9. 9 Trees - Gallagher & Lyle (2:28)
  10. 10 Umbrella Man - The Searchers (2:57)
  11. 11 Penelope Breedlove - Dave Christie (2:37)
  12. 12 Nine to Five - Promise (2:10)
  13. 13 Keeping My Head Above Water - Peppermint Circus (2:36)
  14. 14 Look Away - The Virgil Brothers (2:39)
  15. 15 Upside Down Inside Out - The Snappers (2:51)
  16. 16 Pumpkin Mini - Katch 22 (2:32)
  17. 17 Just Another Wedding Day - Brian Connell & the Roundsound (2:46)
  18. 18 Saturday Town - Darling (1:55)
  19. 19 Daytime - Hedgehoppers Anonymous (2:28)
  20. 20 Help Me to Help Myself - The Roulettes (2:40)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Nick Saloman Liner Notes
Jean Fredenucci Composer
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