Sunday, December 2, 2007

V.A. - Electric Lemonade Acid Test Vol. 4

An anthology of the Spark label 1967-70. Tenth Planet release from 2003 (Tenth Planet TP 058).

Tracklist:
01. The Fruit Machine - Sunshine Of Your Love
taken from the single
I'm alone today/Sunshine of your love (Spark SRL 1027) 1969

Personnel incl.: Andy 'Ced' Curtis (gtr, vcls), Stephen Gould (lead vcls, bs, gtr), Paul Holland (drms), Barry Kingston (keyb'ds), Andy Deacon (drms), Chris Randall (bs).
Band origin:
London
02. The Illusion Of Happiness - Talk Of The Devil
[prev. unreleased / 1967]

Personnel: = Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera [see Track 11].
Band origin:
Coventry (West Midlands)

03. Timothy Blue - Room At The Top Of The Stairs
taken from the single
The Room At The Top Of The Stairs/She Won't See The Light
(Spark SRL 1014) 1968

Personnel: Timothy Blue [real name Eric Woolfson].
Origin:
Glasgow (Scotland)

04. A New Generation - Smokey Blue's Away
taken from the single
Smokey Blue's Away/She's A Soldier Boy (Spark SRL 1007) 1968

Personnel: Ian Sutherland (gtr, vcls), Gavin Sutherland (bs, vcls), Christopher Kemp (organ, vcls), John Wright (drms).
Band origin:
Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire)

05. John Carter & Russ Alquist - The Laughing Man
taken from the single
The Laughing Man/Midsummer Dreaming (Spark SRL 1017) 1968

Personnel: John Carter, Russ Alquist, Barry Kingston (piano, mellotron), Richard Hudson (drms), John Ford (bs), Mickey Keen (gtr).
Band origin:
London

06. Simon de Lacy - Goodbye Love
taken from the single
Baby Come Back To Me/Goodbye Love (Spark SRL 1001) 1968

Personnel: Chris Jennings (lead vcls), Peter Thorp (lead gtr), Charles de Lacy (bs), Tony Newman (drms).
Band origin:
London

07. Jasper - Liberation Interlude #1
taken from the album
Liberation (Spark SRLP 103) 1969

Personnel: Nicky Payn (vcls, hrmnca, flute), Steve Radford (gtr), Jon Taylor (bs), Alan Feldman (keyb'ds), Chico Greenwood (drms).
Band origin:
London

08. Carlew Choir - Give A Hand To The Clown
taken from the single
Huma Luma/Give A Hand To The Clown (Spark SRL 1028) 1969

Personnel incl.: John Carter, Mickey Keen (gtr), Robin Shaw (bs, vcls).
Band origin:
London

09. The Fruit Machine - Follow Me
taken from the single
Cuddly toy/Follow me (Spark SRL 1003) 1968

Personnel/Band origin: see Track 1

10. The Eggy - You're Still Mine
taken from the single
You're Still Mine/Hookey (Spark SRL 1024) 1969

Personnel: Bill Paste (vcls), Roger Lomas (gtr), Billy Campbell (bs), Nigel Lomas (drms).
Band origin:
Coventry (West Midlands)

11. Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - And I Remember
[prev. unreleased / 1967]

Personnel: Elmer Gantry [real name Dave Terry] (vcls, gtr), Colin Forster (gtr), John Ford (bs), Richard Hudson (drms).
Band origin:
Coventry (West Midlands)

12. A New Generation - She's A Soldier Boy
see Track 4
13. The Fruit Machine - Willow Tree
taken from the single
The Wall/Willow Tree (American Music Makers AMM 002) 1969
[US only release]

Personnel/Band origin: see Track 1

14. Carter/Keen/Shaw - Magic People
[prev. unreleased / 1968]

Personnel incl.: John Carter, Mickey Keen (gtr), Robin Shaw (bs, vcls).
Band origin:
London

15. Icarus - You're In Life
taken from the single
The Devil Rides Out/You're In Life (Spark SRL 1012) 1968

Personnel: Les Carske (gtr), Glyn Havard (lead vcls, bs), Iain Hines (keyb'ds), Ray Steadman (drms).
Band origin:
London

16. The Baby - Michael Blues
taken from the single
Heartbreaker/Michael Blues (Spark SRL 1030) 1969

Personnel: Ian Sutherland (gtr, vcls), Gavin Sutherland (bs, vcls), Christopher Kemp (organ, vcls), John Wright (drms).
Band origin:
Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire)

17. Jasper - Liberation Interlude #2
see Track 7
18. Eartha Kitt - Wear Your Love Like Heaven
taken from the album
Sentimental Earhta (Spark SRLP 105) 1970

Personnel: Eartha Kitt.
Origin:
born in South Carolina


Get it here (Artwork included / vinyl rip)

Listen to Illusion Of Happiness: Talk Of The Devil


Listen to Icarus: You're In Life

5 comments:

golrab said...

Excellent comp! Post the first three if you've got 'em. These are classics.

Anonymous said...

Massive thanx for this. I have been tryoing to find Smokey Blues Away by New Generation for ages. I'm d/l now, so soon I'll have it.
Thank you again.
Michael.

xij64 said...

Great posting
Many thanks
xij64

Anonymous said...

Thanks loads for this. I've also been looking for New Generation - Smokey Blue's Away for quite a while now. It's very very hard to find! Cheers!

barrykingston said...

Was amazed to see such a in depth disc study of Spark. I was really involved in that label and we tried very hard to make the break through but it never really happened although lots of great talent passed through to become significant entities. Congrats on your efforts and bringing back fond memories. Barry Kingston