Real Life Permanent Dreams: A Cornucopia of British Psychedlia 1965-1970

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have been previous attempts to marshal a lot of British psychedelia into one compilation, but Real Life Permanent Dreams is a little different from those. This four-CD, 99-song box set isn't a best-of, but more like an attempt to assemble a very wide though still representative cross section of material, most of it pretty obscure to the average listener. For the most part, it succeeds in delivering a high-quality anthology that manages to offer a lot to both the collector and the less intense psychedelic fan, though it's by no means the cream of British psychedelia. There are only two famous hit records, for one thing, and even those, Arthur Brown's "Fire" and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There have been previous attempts to marshal a lot of British psychedelia into one compilation, but Real Life Permanent Dreams is a little different from those. This four-CD, 99-song box set isn't a best-of, but more like an attempt to assemble a very wide though still representative cross section of material, most of it pretty obscure to the average listener. For the most part, it succeeds in delivering a high-quality anthology that manages to offer a lot to both the collector and the less intense psychedelic fan, though it's by no means the cream of British psychedelia. There are only two famous hit records, for one thing, and even those, Arthur Brown's "Fire" and the Status Quo's "Pictures of Matchstick Men," are represented by a previously unreleased alternate version and a BBC recording, respectively. Many of the leading acts of the genre are missing, from the Beatles, Pink Floyd, and Procol Harum through the more psychedelic-oriented tracks by Cream, Traffic, the Yardbirds, and numerous other U.K. acts. Also, the cross-licensing isn't as extensive as it could be, though it's not as heavily reliant on tracks controlled by the Sanctuary Records Group as many other comps on the Castle label are. There's a lot of interesting stuff here, though, ranging from precious twee fantasy-laden pop-psych and freakbeat to psychedelia on the verge of making a transition to hard rock and progressive rock, even though some of the songs are fairly average and even generic British psychedelia. Some of the cuts -- Winston's Fumbs' "Snow White," the Buzz's "You're Holding Me Down," the Peep Show's "Mazy," the Kult's "No Home Today," Paper Blitz Tissue's "Boy Meets Girl," and Lord Sutch's strange "The Cheat" -- rate as some of the best obscure recordings in the entire genre. Also, a lot of major artists -- including Donovan, the Kinks, the Nice, Julie Driscoll with Brian Auger & the Trinity, the Small Faces, Marc Bolan, the Incredible String Band, Jethro Tull, Soft Machine, and Humble Pie -- are heard on the box set, though in every instance, they're represented by some of their more obscure recordings, often taken from B-sides, BBC sessions, or demos and, in Jethro Tull's instance, the debut 1968 single on which they were billed as Jethro Toe, "Sunshine Day". There are also a bunch of selections that feature big names in unfamiliar guises, like the tracks by Noel Redding's band Fat Mattress, the quasi-supergroup Santa Barbara Machine Head with Ron Wood and Jon Lord, Episode Six with future members of Deep Purple, the Bystanders who evolved into Man, and the Beatstalkers whose "Silver Tree Top School for Boys" was written by David Bowie, who never recorded the tune himself. Yes, there's a touch of collector elitism at play in some of the choices. A few superior songs -- like the Smoke's "My Friend Jack" a hit only in Germany and the End's "Loving Sacred Loving" co-written by Bill Wyman -- by acts that aren't exactly international household names are represented by yet more obscure, and arguably inferior though undeniably rarer, alternate versions. As compensation, though, even collectors who think they have everything are bound to come across items they don't have or were only barely aware of, like Lomax Alliance's effervescent and previously unreleased "The Golden Lion" including Jackie Lomax, one of the highlights of the whole collection. There's also a superb 48-page booklet featuring wise and witty liner notes by David Wells, perhaps the top expert on all things British psychedelic. It all adds up to a worthwhile addition to the psychedelic aficionado's collection, though it's neither as comprehensive nor as killer as the best such four-CD anthology of obscure British psychedelia could be.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2007
  • Label: Castle Music Uk
  • EAN: 5050749412393
  • Catalog Number: 1239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Friend Jack - The Smoke (3:09)
  2. 2 No More You and Me - Tornados '66 (2:59)
  3. 3 The Cheat - Lord Sutch (3:14)
  4. 4 Doctor Doctor - The Frame (2:41)
  5. 5 Day and Night - The Drag Set (2:15)
  6. 6 Fancy - The Kinks (2:27)
  7. 7 I Don't Want You - Traffic Jam (2:32)
  8. 8 The Breaking-Up Scene - Honeybus (2:31)
  9. 9 Snow White - Winston's Fumbs (2:31)
  10. 10 I Like It - Neil Christian & the Crusaders (2:14)
  11. 11 Black Sheep R.I.P. - Australian Playboys (2:42)
  12. 12 Circles - Les Fleur de Lys (3:02)
  13. 13 The Lilac Hand of Menthol Dan - Marc Bolan (1:52)
  14. 14 You're Holding Me Down - The Buzz (3:04)
  15. 15 I Take It That We're Through - The Riot Squad (2:50)
  16. 16 Come On Back - Paul & Ritchie & The Cryin' Shames (2:33)
  17. 17 It's a Crime - The Kirkbys (2:16)
  18. 18 Love Me till the Sun Shines - The Kinks (2:42)
  19. 19 Hippy Gumbo - Marc Bolan (2:06)
  20. 20 Gently Tender - The Incredible String Band (4:46)
  21. 21 Sunny Goodge Street - Donovan (2:55)
  22. 22 Linda Loves Linda - Floribunda Rose (3:29)
  23. 23 Up the Wooden Hills To Bedfordshire - Small Faces (2:04)
  24. 24 Rubber Monkey - Santa Barbara Machine Head (2:35)
  25. 25 You've Got To Hold On - The Deviants (3:40)
  26. 26 Season of the Witch - Julie Driscoll & Brian Auger (7:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Loving Sacred Loving - The End (2:50)
  2. 2 All Day All Night - Blonde on Blonde (3:35)
  3. 3 Crazy One - Rameses & Selket (3:17)
  4. 4 Man In Black - Skip Bifferty (2:44)
  5. 5 Yellow Balloon - Icarus (3:14)
  6. 6 Real Life Permanent Dream - Orange Machine (3:14)
  7. 7 The Clown - Eire Apparent (3:18)
  8. 8 When the Wind Arises - The Rokes (3:18)
  9. 9 I'm Flying - Serendipity (2:23)
  10. 10 Trip On an Orange Bicycle - Orange Bicycle (3:32)
  11. 11 Utterly Simple - Smoke (2:35)
  12. 12 London Social Degree - Billy Nicholls (2:22)
  13. 13 The Golden Lion - Lomax Alliance (2:31)
  14. 14 Sunshine Day - Jethro Tull (2:20)
  15. 15 Boy Meets Girl - The Paper Blitz Tissue (2:56)
  16. 16 Cave of Clear Light - The Bystanders (3:42)
  17. 17 I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone - Anan (2:52)
  18. 18 Man In a Shop - Marmalade (3:18)
  19. 19 Lord John - The Bobcats (2:51)
  20. 20 Mazy - The Peep Show (3:12)
  21. 21 Bakerman - Moon's Train (2:38)
  22. 22 Love, Hate, Revenge - Episode Six (2:31)
  23. 23 Good Evening - The Tickle (2:36)
  24. 24 It - Excelsior Spring (1:56)
  25. 25 Nite is a-Comin' (Lindyloo) - Warm Sounds (4:17)
  26. 26 Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (3:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo (3:06)
  2. 2 Five White Horses - Sun Dragon (2:28)
  3. 3 Riding a Wave - The Turnstyle (2:46)
  4. 4 I Know She Believes - Picadilly Line (3:03)
  5. 5 Hey! Mr Carpenter - The Fox (2:40)
  6. 6 The Bitter Thoughts of Little Jane - Timon (2:18)
  7. 7 Disappear - Gilbert (2:05)
  8. 8 Encapsulated Marigold - Our Plastic Dream (2:37)
  9. 9 Henry Long - Epics (2:44)
  10. 10 Lullaby - Grapefruit (3:29)
  11. 11 I've Seen To Dream - Harmony Grass (3:12)
  12. 12 Nodnol - The Spectrum (2:50)
  13. 13 Colour Sergeant Lillywhite - West Coast Consortium (3:06)
  14. 14 Seeing Things Green - The Yellow Bellow Room Boom (2:28)
  15. 15 Golden Apples - Californians (2:12)
  16. 16 Don't Turn Around - Loot (2:52)
  17. 17 Silver Tree Top School For Boys - Beatstalkers (2:09)
  18. 18 Give Him a Flower - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (3:00)
  19. 19 Fade Away Maureen - Tony Hazzard (2:39)
  20. 20 Yellow Rainbow - The Rockin' Berries (2:47)
  21. 21 Sylvie - Hill (3:27)
  22. 22 Fool From Upper Eden - Andy Ellison (2:53)
  23. 23 Love and Best Wishes - The Ugly's (2:57)
  24. 24 Sunshine - Gun (3:56)
  25. 25 Green Circles - Twice as Much (2:41)
  26. 26 Mr. Job - The Alan Bown Set (2:21)
  27. 27 Happydaystoytown - Small Faces (2:06)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Circus Days - Junior's Eyes (2:56)
  2. 2 No Home Today - The Kult (2:47)
  3. 3 Lady Caroline - Velvett Fogg (2:22)
  4. 4 Go Your Way - Andromeda (3:04)
  5. 5 The Diamond Hard Blue Apples of the Moon - The Nice (2:45)
  6. 6 Cold Embrace - Sam Gopal (3:20)
  7. 7 Candlelight - Hardin & York (4:34)
  8. 8 How Can I Live? - Fat Mattress (4:24)
  9. 9 Tarot (Ace of Wands Theme) - Andrew Brown (2:25)
  10. 10 The Light of Love - Humble Pie (3:00)
  11. 11 On a Meadow Lea - Bobak Jons Malone (3:32)
  12. 12 The Open Ground - Pussy (3:34)
  13. 13 Fair Maiden - Woody Kern (4:44)
  14. 14 Empty Room - Man (3:44)
  15. 15 Venus - Samson (2:56)
  16. 16 My Gration Or? - Opal Butterfly (7:28)
  17. 17 Thank You Pierrot Lunaire/Have You Ever Bean Green?/Pataphysical Introd - Soft Machine (2:59)
  18. 18 Felix - Andwella's Dream (4:16)
  19. 19 Born In a Trunk - Spice (3:45)
  20. 20 All In Your Mind - Stray (9:21)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dave Mason Composer
Pete Townshend Composer
Sam Gopal Composer
Adrian Gurvitz Composer
Lee Hazlewood Composer
John Kongos Composer
Steve Marriott Composer
Ian McLagan Composer
Noel Redding Composer
Bill Wyman Composer
Marc Bolan Composer
Ray Davies Composer
Del Bromham Composer
B. Clark Composer
Rod Demick Composer
Gus Dudgeon Composer
Mike Finesilver Composer
Rik Kenton Composer
Ian Kewley Composer
Ian McLintock Composer
S. Morris Composer
Gilbert O'Sullivan Composer
D. Stuart Composer
John Turnbull Composer
Peter Ker Composer
Bugs Waddell Composer
Mike Shepstone Composer
Nick Watson Remastering
Alan Blakley Composer
L. Jackson Composer
Timon Composer
R. Williams Composer
D. Davies Composer
L. Jones Composer
R. Wyatt Composer
Donovan Leitch Composer
Ian Hines Composer
Riots Composer
David Wells Liner Notes, Concept, Annotation
J. Roden Composer
Richard Jaskeran Tape Research
W. Campbell Composer
Mike Mastrangelo Tape Research
T. Preston Composer
P. Humphreys Composer
G. Rapetti Composer
W. Malone Composer
S. Lawrence Composer
S. Townsend Composer
P. Tubbs Composer
D. Lewis Composer
E. Stewart Composer
D. Gerrard Composer
John Du Cann Composer
H. Armstrong Composer
Len Hawkes Composer
M. Gallagher Composer
A. Bishop Composer
R. Edwards Composer
K. Jones Composer
S. Harris Composer
M. Delaney Composer
M. Heron Composer
G. Bell Composer
D. Morgan Composer
D. Cox Composer
J. Russell Composer
J. Campbell Composer
B. Turner Composer
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