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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Various Artists - Fading Yellow Vol.4 Light, Smack Dab (1967-69 uk, timeless psych pop-sike and other delights)

"Timeless UK 60's Popsike and Other Delights" is the apt subtitle of this 25-track collection, which spotlights obscurities from the lighter side of slightly psychedelic-influenced British pop/rock of the late '60s. There are a few artists here who had commercial success, like Wayne Fontana, Dave Berry, future Foreigner member Mick Jones (as part of the J. & B.), and future 10cc members Graham Gouldman and Kevin Godley (as part of the awkwardly named Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon). 

But basically this is a pretty deep archival dig through material that hasn't often seen the light of day since its original release, in a genre that's never been the most heavily mined of 1960s styles. It's one of the best such digs, too, even though as a 1,000-copy limited edition, it didn't get the exposure of some of CD reissues with a similar concentration. While some of the elements of pop-sike that drive earthier listeners up the wall -- fruity orchestration, florid lyrics, twee preciousness -- are here to varying degrees, their quotient is considerably lighter than usual on this anthology. 

It's true you still might want to be in the mood for something on the light side before hearing all of it at once, but the focus is more on decent pop songs with imaginative arrangements and an occasionally (admittedly mild) touch of freakiness than the airy-fairy stuff. Some of the tracks are outstanding, like the J. & B.'s unaccountably seldom-anthologized "There She Goes," which is like a cinematic look at the melancholic underbelly of Swinging London, the Candlelight's quite fine makeover of the Merseybeat-era relic "That's What I Want" into staunch baroque pop with stirring vocal harmonies; Piccadilly Line's "At the Third Stroke," which is as much melodic folk-rock as pop-sike; Toyshop's "Send My Love to Lucy," whose singer sounds uncannily like Stephen Stills; and Fontana's "In My World," perhaps his best solo effort sans the Mindbenders. Even some of the less distinguished and more ornate cuts remain listenable as they pass by, without getting overly sickly sweet. 
by Richie Unterberger

Artists - Tracks
1. Thoughts And Words - Morning Sky - 3:36
2. Piccadilly Line - Atthe Third Stroke - 3:03
3. Majority - Charlotte Rose - 2:59
4. J And B - There She Goes - 2:46
5. Playground - The Girl Behind The Smile - 3:02
6. Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon - Animal Song - 2:22
7. Pipes Of Pan - Monday Morning Rain - 3:02
8. Toy Shop - Send My Love To Lucy - 4:20
9. Candlelight Trio - That's What I Want - 2:17
10.Epics - Henry Long - 2:46
11.Finders Keepers - Light - 3:12
12.Martin Martin - Imagine - 2:24
13.Young Brothers - Mirror, Mirror - 3:25
14.Robbie Curtice - The Soul Of Man - 2:32
15.Alan Bown - All I Can - 2:46
16.Jason Paul - Shinea Little Light In To My Room - 2:48
17.Californians - Can't Get You Out Of My Mind - 2:05
18.Wayne Fontana - The Impossible Years - 2:31
19.Wayne Fontana - In My World - 3:04
20.John Bromley - If You Were There With Me - 3:14
21.Ian Gibsons - You Know I Need Your Loving - 3:02
22.Dave Berry - And I Have Learned To Dream - 3:11
23.Majority - Wait By The Fire - 3:14
24.David McNeil - Linda - 2:50
25.Robbie Curtice With Tom Payne - Gospel Lane - 2:38

Fading Yellow series..
1965-69  Vol.1 - Timeless Pop-Sike And Other Delights
1965-69  Fading Yellow Vol.2 US Pop Sikes
1965-69 Fading Yellow - Vol. 3

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  1. The very best volume of this serie.
    Wayne Fontana, impossible years my favourite of my life,

  2. Thanks for another Vol. of this great series.

  3. Πολλά ευχαριστώ Μάριε!

  4. love these comps! thanks!!

  5. Thank you very much !


  6. Thanks for these wonderful popsike comps. Any single track by The Californians is worth the whole series! Thanks Marios and Cor for all your quality efforts!

  7. Just want to say your blog has the highest quality of music on the internet. Thanks so much.

  8. Thanks Marios and Cor. I love the FY series! I especially like the volumes that compile UK songs. It seems like the English did the dreamy, melancholy popsike sound the best.

    Greatly appreciate your efforts!

  9. Top!
    Thank you very much.

  10. ..Vol 1 to 4 fixed, during the next days gonna replace all the other volumes, also I'll try to fix most of the posts that have been deleted by link-safe.

  11. Thank you Marios! u are the best :)