Peculiar Hole in the Sky: Pop Psych from Down Under

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Australian pop-psychedelia scene of the late '60s was more akin to the British pop-psych scene than the American one, though it borrowed from both of those cousins. Really, however, it wasn't as distinctive as either, nor did it have many tunes to rate on par with the best of those from the U.K. or U.S. Nonetheless, this 27-track anthology of Oz pop-psych from 1967-1970 does cover a scene that's rarely been noted by rock collectors or historians, particularly outside of Australia. Licensed from the Festival label with the exception of a couple of tracks from Clarion Records, there aren't any names that will strike instant chords with the international pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The Australian pop-psychedelia scene of the late '60s was more akin to the British pop-psych scene than the American one, though it borrowed from both of those cousins. Really, however, it wasn't as distinctive as either, nor did it have many tunes to rate on par with the best of those from the U.K. or U.S. Nonetheless, this 27-track anthology of Oz pop-psych from 1967-1970 does cover a scene that's rarely been noted by rock collectors or historians, particularly outside of Australia. Licensed from the Festival label with the exception of a couple of tracks from Clarion Records, there aren't any names that will strike instant chords with the international pop connoisseur, though some of the writers and performers found wide fame in other contexts. Foremost among those is Bon Scott, who, prior to joining AC/DC, sang on the Valentines' "Peculiar Hole in the Sky," which in turn was written by Harry Vanda and George Young of the Easybeats who released their own version shortly afterward. Vanda-Young also wrote R. Black & the Rockin' V's' "Walking & Talking," never recorded by the Easybeats, though that song's just OK. Other noted writers are behind some of the better tracks. Mick Bower of the Masters Apprentices, one of the greatest Australian rock bands, wrote the Bucket's very Cream-styled "I Can't Help Thinking of You." Graham Gouldman penned his usually classy pop on Normie Rowe's "Going Home," produced by legendary British impresario Giorgio Gomelsky. Barry Gibb authored Jon's anxious "Upstairs, Downstairs," which sounds much like the Bee Gees' own circa-1966 recordings. Overall, though, the songs tend toward the ordinary with a touch of weirdness in material, sometimes with lingering British Invasion, mod rock, and sunshine pop influences. Once in a while a cut does jump out as worthy of attention, like the Executives' dreamy yet disquieting "Moving in a Circle" with its eerie organ and wispy vocal by Carole King not that Carole King.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2002
  • Label: Big Beat Uk
  • UPC: 029667421522
  • Catalog Number: 215
  • Sales rank: 103,743

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Peculiar Hole in the Sky - The Valentines (2:48)
  2. 2 Imagine This - The Iguanas (2:55)
  3. 3 Still I Can Go On - James Taylor Move (3:00)
  4. 4 I Can't Help Thinking of You - Bucket (2:29)
  5. 5 Going Home (2:31)
  6. 6 House of Bamboo (2:33)
  7. 7 Gained for a Fall - 1863 Establishment (2:22)
  8. 8 Emily on Sunday - Clapham Junction (2:55)
  9. 9 Unforgotten Dreams (4:57)
  10. 10 Long Live Sivinanda - Inside Looking Out (2:14)
  11. 11 Girl in the Garden - Hugo (1:54)
  12. 12 Moving in a Circle - The Executives (2:37)
  13. 13 Eastern Dream - Jeff St John & The Id (2:28)
  14. 14 Zoom Zoom Zoom - Cam-Pact (2:33)
  15. 15 King of the Mountain (3:04)
  16. 16 Upstairs, Downstairs - Jon (2:48)
  17. 17 Krome Plated Yabby - Wild Cherries (3:00)
  18. 18 Magic Eyes - James Taylor Move (2:46)
  19. 19 Brass Bird - Lloyd's World (3:20)
  20. 20 Walking & Talking - R. Black & the Rockin' V's (2:54)
  21. 21 Mr. Guy Fawkes - Dave Miller (4:19)
  22. 22 Picture of a Girl - 1863 Establishment (3:46)
  23. 23 Sitting by a Tree - The Escorts (2:23)
  24. 24 Morning Sun - Inside Looking Out (2:55)
  25. 25 Drawing Room - Cam-Pact (2:27)
  26. 26 Hey! Watch Out - Hugo (2:12)
  27. 27 Tell Me Love - Marty Rhone (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carole King Vocals
Billy Field Vocals
Bruce Johnston Saxophone
Kevin Peek Guitar
Bon Scott Vocals
Gino Cunico Vocals
Rhys Clark Drums
Graham Jones Bass
Brian King Keyboards
Gary King Bass
Derek Lewis Guitar
Lobby Loyde Guitar
Mike McGuire Guitar
Dave Miller Guitar, Vocals
Peter Muller Organ
Peter Saunders Drums
Trevor Spencer Drums
Chris Stockley Guitar
Alan Tarney Organ, Bass
Pete Watson Vocals
Andy Wilkinson Vocals
Peter Noble Bass
Paul Radcliffe Flute, Guitar
Paul Schorr Bass
Keith Glass Vocals
Jim Niven Piano
David King Bass
Dennis Warner Organ
David Mills Drums
King James Fisher Trumpet
Ian Walsh Organ
Ted Martin Track Performer
Bill Mahoney Vocals
Ray Burton Guitar
John Robinson Guitar
Trevor Courtney Drums
Jeff St. John Vocals
Ted Ward Guitar
Jim Cerezo Guitar, Vocals
Jim Hannan Guitar, Vocals
Brian Adamson Track Performer
George Christie Guitar
Colin Stead Guitar
Robert Taylor Vocals
Scott Taylor Bass
Mark Barnes Bass
Barry Annabelle Drums
Dino Annabelle Guitar
Peter Anson Guitar
Stuart Bedford Guitar
John Brodie Organ
Greg Cook Guitar
Leith Corbett Bass
Eric Dallis Bass
Geoff Dearlove Bass
Neville D'Hoedt Track Performer
Peter Eddy Bass
Andrew Evans Drums
Warwick Findlay Drums
Dieter Glaser Drums
Jeff Gurr Bass
Laurie Hellyer Bass
John Helman Bass
Rob Heron Guitar
Kent Ill Track Performer
Clive Littlewood Guitar
Garry Littlewood Guitar
Vince Lovegrove Vocals
Don McCormack Drums
Wyn Milsom Bass, Guitar
Ray Mulholland Drums
Ian Nancarrow Guitar
Ray Nancarrow Guitar
Peter Ogden Track Performer
Steve Ogden Track Performer
Chris Pickup Drums
Clyde Prince Track Performer
Dave Rossall Vocals
Albert Sawyer Drums
Tony Summers Guitar
Gary Sweetman Vocals
Barry Wilkinson Drums
Jim Willebrandt Vocals
Neil Williamson Organ
Ged Willis Vocals
Terry Wiltshire Track Performer
Fabe Wootton Drums
Barry Worth Guitar
Les Gilbert Organ
Danny Robinson Vocals
Keith Barber Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Taylor Memorabilia
Alec Palao Liner Notes, Concept
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Warren Barnett Mastering
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