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Friday, November 22, 2013

Various Artists - We Can Fly (1966-72 multiair, mod freakbeat acid psych sunny folk, five disc box set)



The five-volume We Can Fly series presented rare psychedelic rock spanning the mid-'60s to the early '70s, mostly centering on U.K. psych of the late '60s, though there's a little spillover from both the British Invasion and early prog rock eras. It's not all from the U.K., either, with a good number of entries from Continental Europe, as well as stray items from Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., and even Lebanon. This mini-sized box set compiles all five volumes, and while some of the 128 tracks have done the rounds on well-circulated compilations outside of this series, there can't be many collectors who would have all of them in one place before buying this anthology.

Though all of these cuts are unquestionably rare and as a whole representative of the scope of psychedelia in its British or British-derived form, they're pretty erratic in artistic quality, no matter what your taste. Some of these are unquestioned rare psych monsters that sound like tracks that should have qualified for the Nuggets II box of non-U.S. '60s freakbeat/psychedelia but somehow missed the cut. Among those near-masterpieces are the Lords' "Don't Mince Matter" (from Germany); 

Episode Six's brilliant "I Can See Through You," which is both tough and dreamy; Keith Relf's florid solo single "Shapes in My Mind," which hasn't been too easy to find on CD; the Afex's bopping mod rocker "She's Got the Time"; the Bunch's overlooked fanciful but melancholic "Looking Glass Alice"; the Peep Show's hazy "Mazy"; the Mickey Finn's crunchy "Garden of My Mind"; and Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's great psychedelic spoof "The L.S. Bumble Bee," often mistakenly bootlegged as a Beatles outtake, and surprisingly rarely reissued. There are also off the beaten path items by well-known or fairly well-known acts like Shocking Blue, the Mindbenders, Jackie Lomax, Terry Reid, Eire Apparent, Kim Fowley, Murray Head, Mick Softley, the Smoke, and East of Eden that, though not their best work, haven't been too widely heard.

Much of this box, however, has some fairly generic or even mediocre psychedelia that sounds like it might be championed by the odd collector here and there, but certainly wouldn't be recognized as consensus picks among the cream of the genre. In that sense, it often sounds like an alternate Nuggets II box set, Nuggets II being the major-league stars and the We Can Fly players stuck at the higher levels of the minor leagues. Sometimes the connections the artists had to major-league players are more interesting than the recordings themselves. 

The Bystanders, for instance, evolved into Man; the Cedars (from Lebanon, of course) were produced by Tony Hicks of the Hollies; Italian singer Giorgio is Donna Summer producer Giorgio Moroder; the Glass Menagerie were produced by Chas Chandler; Kippington Lodge had a young Nick Lowe in the lineup; the Iveys became Badfinger; Tangerine Peel were led by Mike Chapman; Trash were on Apple Records without releasing an LP; Danny McCulloch had been in Eric Burdon & the Animals; etc. All those loose ends and more are tied up in the 84-page booklet, which has plenty of information about the bands and their releases.
by Richie Unterberger


Tracks 
Disc 1 
1. The Penny Peeps - Model Village - 2:53 
2. The Loot - Try To Keep It A Secret - 3:11 
3. The Moving Finger - Pain Of My Misfortune - 2:32 
4. Anan - I Wonder Where My Sister's Gone - 2:50 
5. The Peep Show - Mazy - 3:07 
6. The Glass Menagerie - Fredrick Jordan - 3:16 
7. The Bunch - Looking Glass Alice - 2:34 
8. The Neat Change - I Lied To Auntie May - 2:18 
9. The Movement - Tell Her - 2:37 
10.Sands - Mrs. Gillespie's Refrigerator - 2:05 
11.Kippington Lodge - I Can See Her Face - 2:14 
12.Infantes Jubilate - Exploding Galaxy - 2:20 
13.The Smoke - That's What I Want - 2:27 
14.The QPR Supporters - Supporters, Support Us - 2:49 
15.Trash - Trash Can - 4:50 
16.The Orange Machine - Real Life Permanent Dream - 3:11 
17.Serendipity - Castles - 3:31 
18.The Mickey Finn - Garden Of My Mind - 2:31 
19.The Kytes - Running Through The Water - 2:34 
20.Portobello Explosion - We Can Fly - 2:44 
21.The Fox - Hey! Mr. Carpenter - 2:39 
22.The Mooche - Hot Smoke & Sassafras - 3:11 
23.The Fruit Machine - The Wall - 2:42 
24.The Image - Creation - 2:31 
25.Episode Six - Love, Hate, Revenge - 2:55 
26.Peter Cook & Dudley Moore - The L.S. Bumble Bee - 2:45 
Track No. 22 "Groovin' Slow" by "The Sound Barrier" although is listed on the CD credits was dropped probably due of copyright reasons. There are only 26 tracks on the CD. 


Disc 2 
1. Shy Limbs - Trick Or Two - 2:06 
2. Brainbox - Amsterdam, The First Days - 3:10 
3. The Cedars - Hide If You Want To Hide - 2:34 
4. Pugh - Love Love Love - 3:16 
5. The Lords - Don't Mince Matter - 3:51 
6. The Nite People - Love, Love, Love - 3:13 
7. The Montanas - Difference Of Opinion - 2:43 
8. The Julian Kirsch - Clever Little Man - 3:25 
9. Blonde On Blonde - All Day, All Night - 3:37 
10.Avalanche - Rabbits - 3:49 
11.West Coast Consortium - Colour Sergeant Lillywhite - 3:07 
12.The Tages - Fuzzy Patterns - 2:00 
13.The Mirage - Hold On - 2:22 
14.The Petards - Tartarex - 2:59 
15.The Bystanders - Cave Of Clear Light - 3:43 
16.A.P. Dangerfield - Conversations (In A Station Light Refreshment Bar) - 2:45 
17.A.P. Dangerfield - Further Conversations - 2:14 
18.The Blinkers - Original Sin - 3:55 
19.Danny McCulloch - Colour Of The Sunset - 2:42 
20.Joy Unlimited - Mr. Pseudonym - 3:47 
21.Moonshine - Garden Of Men - 3:40 
Track No. 5 "Stoned Out Of It" by "John Fitch And Associates" although is listed on the CD credits, was dropped probably because of copyright reasons. Officially there are only 21 tracks on the CD.


Disc 3 
1. The Magicians - Painting On Wood - 5:53
2. O' Hara's Playboys - The Ballad Of The Soon Departed - 2:31
3. St. John & The Crew - I'm A Man - 3:14
4. Murray Head - She Was Perfection - 2:47
5. Tales Of Justine - Monday Morning - 3:22
6. I Corvi - Sospesa Ad Un Filo - 2:34
7. Made In Sheffield - Amelia Jane - 2:32
8. The Mecki Mark Men - Free - 4:10
9. The Afex - She's Got The Time - 2:28
10.Jackie Lomax - Genuine Imitation Life - 3:32
11.Los Brincos - Passport - 2:52
12.The Excelsior Spring - It - 1:52
13.Daddy Lindberg - Wade In The Shade - 1:57
14.Pesky Gee - Where Is My Mind - 3:00
15.Cherry Smash - Sing Songs Of Love - 3:03
16.Mick Softley - Am I The Red One - 2:29
17.Callan & John - House Of Delight - 3:17
18.Brut - My Kind Of Feeling - 2:46
19.The Washington D.C.'s - Seek & Find - 2:08
20.The Sugarbeats - Alice Designs - 2:31
21.The League - Hey Conductor - 2:34
22.Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard - 2:34
23.The New Generation - Digger - 4:06
24.The Fox - Secondhand Love - 3:07
25.Bulldog Breed - Paper Man - 3:19


Disc 4 
1. Brass Tacks - Maxwell Ferguson - 2:46
2. Neo Maya - I Won't Hurt You - 2:32
3. Russell Morris - The Real Thing (Part 1,2) - 6:18
4. The Rokes - When The Wind Arises - 3:19
5. Eire Apparent - Here I Go Again - 2:11
6. Wimple Winch - I Really Love You - 3:41
7. Keith Shields - So Hard Living Without You - 3:21
8. ''14'' - Drizzle - 2:08
9.Lucas Tyson - Daylight Child - 3:29
10.Hopscotch - Look At The Lights Go Up - 2:17
11.The Truth - Sueno - 3:04
12.The Bunch - We're Not What We Appear To Be - 2:21
13.Griffin - I Am The Noise In Your Head - 3:56
14.Five Steps Beyond - No So Young Today - 2:48
15.Tangerine - Trapped - 2:23
16.Los Canarios - What Can I Do For You - 2:35
17.Strange Fox - Time And Tide - 4:19
18.The Mint - Love By Numbers - 2:23
19.Orange Machine - Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room - 3:02
20.The Ferris Wheel - I Can't Break The Habit - 2:14
21.The Beatstalkers - Sugar Chocolate M;achine - 2:17
22.The Mindbenders - My New Day And Age - 3:03
23.Les Baroques - Love Is The Sun - 2:12
24.Terry Reid - Fires Alive - 2:52
25.Magnet - Mr. Guy Fawkes - 3:57


Disc 5
1. Circus - Do You Dream - 3:07
2. Harsh Reality - How Do You Feel - 3:06
3. The Iveys - And Her Daddy's A Millionaire - 2:06
4. Old Gold - Teacher Of Electricity - 2:11
5. The Human Instinct - Rich Man - 2:41
6. Keith Relf - Shapes In My Mind - 2:16
7. Episode Six - I Can See Through You - 3:25
8. Gnomes Of Zurich - Second Fiddle - 2:18
9. Saker - Foggy Tuesday - 3:24
10.Kim Fowley - Lights - 2:17
11.The Loot - Radio City - 2:08
12.The Bunch - Spare A Shilling - 2:27
13.The Montanas - Anyone There - 2:34
14.Groep 1850 - Friday I'm Free - 2:51
15.Chris McClure - Meditation - 2:20
16.The Fruit Machine - Follow Me - 2:51
17.Giorgio - How Much Longer Must I Wait, Wait - 2:22
18.East Of Eden - Ballad Of Harvey Kaye - 2:07
19.I Corvi - Un Ragazzo Di Strada - 2:21
20.Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Salisbury Plain - 2:35
21.The Gibsons - City Life - 2:58
22.Orange Peel - I Got No Time - 2:46
23.The Mirage - And Life Goes On - 2:14
24.The Cedars - I Don't Know Why - 2:12
25.Cuby & The Blizzards - Appleknockers Flophouse - 2:29
26.Silver Eagle - Theodore - 2:45
27.Nite People - P.M. - 2:56
28.The Nocturnes - Look At Me - 3:08
29.Danny McCulloch - Smokeless Zone - 2:01

Psychic Circle compilations
1961-64  Phantom Guitars: A Cool Collection of Twangin' Instrumentals
1966-72  With The Sun In My Eyes
1968-72  White Lace And Strange
1968-72  The Room Of Loud Sounds
1964-69  Realistic Patterns Orchestrated Psychedelia
1965-69  Wednesday Morning Dew 
1965-70  The Electric Coffee House 
1965-70  The Golden Road The Electric Coffee House Vol.2
1969-73  Cosmarama
1969-74  Blow Your Cool: 20 Prog Psych Assaults
1969-74  Lovin’ Fire 20 Obscure Gems
1970-77  A Visit To The Spaceship Factory

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10 comments:

Philipp said...

Fantastic box, lot of work and many,many thanks to Skully76 & Marios for this wonderful uploads!

Anonymous said...

Little Information
We can fly 1-5 was first released on Past&Present. on this release no songs are missing.

Greetings from germany

Matthias

Timmy said...

Oh, wow, most cool.... Thanx!

DAVE SHARRATT said...

hi thanks for great music. just wondered if you had the soft sounds for gentle people series and its companion volumes. is there any chance you could post this. thanks

lmelis said...

Awesome thank you guys

Anonymous said...

An excellent addendum to Rubble. Thanks very much!

mclehast said...

Thanks for 5CD. I have missing songs in lossless.

Pers3us said...

awesome job !

JKMAN said...

Wow this is awesome. So much great music on your site that people otherwise might not get to hear.

Marios said...

....All Psychic Circle compilations are restored....