We Are Ever So Clean [Bonus Tracks]

We Are Ever So Clean [Bonus Tracks]

by Blossom Toes
     
 

Imagine the late-'60s Kinks crossed with a touch of the absurdist British wit of the Bonzo Dog Band, and you have an idea of the droll charm of Blossom Toes' debut album. Songwriters Brian Godding and Jim Cregan were the chief architects of the Toes'…  See more details below

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Imagine the late-'60s Kinks crossed with a touch of the absurdist British wit of the Bonzo Dog Band, and you have an idea of the droll charm of Blossom Toes' debut album. Songwriters Brian Godding and Jim Cregan were the chief architects of the Toes' whimsical and melodic vision, which conjured images of a sun-drenched Summer of Love, London style. With its references to royal parks, tea time, watchmakers, intrepid balloon makers, "Mrs. Murphy's Budgerigar," and the like, it's a distinctly British brand of whimsy. It has since been revealed that sessionmen performed a lot of these orchestral arrangements, which embellished the band's sparkling harmonies and (semi-buried) guitars. But the cello, brass, flute, and tinkling piano have a delicate beauty that serves as an effective counterpoint. The group sings and plays as though they have wide grins on their faces, and the result is one of the happiest, most underappreciated relics of British psychedelia. [The 2007 CD reissue on Sunbeam adds ten bonus tracks that are of great value in rounding out a more accurate picture of the band around the time the album was recorded. They include a worthwhile outtake from the LP, "Everybody's Talking"; alternative versions, minus the orchestral overdubs, of "Look at Me I'm You" (instrumental only) and "I'll Be Late for Tea" that give a better idea of how the band actually sounded live at the time, isolated from the album's elaborate production; live and quite different versions of "Mister Watchmaker" and "Love Is" that are far sparer than the original LP arrangements, including vibraphone, flute, and Mellotron; the scarce (and not very good) non-LP single version of Bob Dylan's "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight"; and three decent demos of Brian Godding compositions, of unspecified origin. Also included are thorough historical liner notes drawing on extensive interviews with the bandmembers.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2007
Label:
Sunbeam Records
UPC:
5051125503513
catalogNumber:
5035

Tracks

  1. Look at Me I'm You
  2. I'll Be Late for Tea
  3. The Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog
  4. Telegram Tuesday
  5. Love Is
  6. What's It For?
  7. People of the Royal Parks
  8. What on Earth
  9. Mrs Murphy's Budgerigar
  10. I Wil Bring You This and That
  11. Mister Watchmaker
  12. When the Alarm Clock Rings
  13. The Intrepid Balloonist's Handbook, Vol. 1
  14. You
  15. Track for Speedy Freaks (Or Instant LP Digest)
  16. Everybody's Talking
  17. Look at Me I'm You
  18. I'll Be Late for Tea
  19. Mister Watchmaker
  20. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
  21. Jim Cregan Interview
  22. Love Is
  23. Collects Little Girls
  24. Hometime
  25. Looking Up I'm Looking Back

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