Thursday, January 3, 2008

V.A. - Electric Lemonade Acid Test Vol. 3

That was the first release of Tenth Planets anthology of the Spark label. (Tenth Planet TP 055 /2002)

Tracklist:
01. Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - To Be With You
[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)
02. Just William - Cherrywood Green
taken from the single
I Don't Care/Cherrywood Green (Spark SRL 1018) 1968
(Spark SRL 1014) 1968

Personnel: Herbie (Danny Robinson) (lead vcls), Len Beddow (lead gtr, vcls), Mick Taylor (gtr, vcls), Pete Stevens (bs, vcls), Alan Lacey (drms)..
Band origin:
Bilston (West Midlands)

03. New Generation - Sadie And Her Magic Mr. Gallahad
taken from the single
Sadie And Her Magic Mister Garland/Digger (Spark SRL 1000) 1968
Personnel: Ian Sutherland (gtr, vcls), Gavin Sutherland (bs, vcls), Christopher Kemp (organ, vcls), John Wright (drms).
Origin:
Stoke-on-Trent (Staffordshire)

04. Carter/Keen/Shaw - Rain Rain
[prev. unreleased / 1968]
Personnel: John Carter, Mickey Keen (gtr), Robin Shaw (bs, vcls).
Band origin:
London

05. Fruit Machine - The Wall
taken from the single
The Wall/Willow Tree (American Music Makers AMM 002) 1969
[US only release]

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

06. Carter/Keen/Shaw - In The Sky
[prev. unreleased / 1968]

Personnel/Band origin: see Track 4
07. Timothy Blue - She Won't See The Light
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)

08. Icarus - The Devil Rides Out
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

09. Fruit Machine - I'm Alone Today
taken from the single
I'm Alone Today/Sunshine Of Your Love (Spark SRL 1027) 1969

Personnel/Band origin: see Track 5

10. The Baby - Heartbreaker
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)

11. Fruit Machine - Cuddly Toy
taken from the single
Cuddly Toy/Follow Me (Spark SRL 1003) 1968
Personnel/Band origin: see Track 5

12. Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera - Reactions Of A Young Man
taken from the album
Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (Direction 8-63300) 1967
Personnel/Band origin: see Track 1
13. New Generation - Digger
see Track 3
14. Simon De Lacy - Baby Come Back To Me
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
15. John Carter & Russ Alquist - Midsummer Dreaming
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
16. Eggy - Hookey
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)
18. Eartha Kitt - Hurdy Gurdy Man
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 Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera: To Be With You


Listen to John Carter & Russ Alquist - Midsummer Dreaming

6 comments:

frumious bandersnatch said...

thanks a lot for this volume ! and for including very good scans : the beautiful artwork - by Phil Smee, I guess - of these comps deserved it !

barlog said...

Fantastic! Always good to see a great Brit psych comp.

tickle said...

i'd love to see the first two up here as well... this solves one of the mystery tracks on Hen's Teeth 2!

Anonymous said...

This Stuff is so Great!!! Do you have any of the "Ripples" Comp's!! Thanks Cindy

xij64 said...

Great posting
Many thanks
xij64

Anonymous said...

This is a great collection. Mostly very eccentric UK popsike.

The cuts by The New Generation are insanely catchy, especially "Sadie and Her Magic Mr. Gallahad," which lives up to its title by being somewhat magical.

Timothy Blue's "She Won't See the Light" is a superior take on a song done by The Beethoven Soul and Lesley Gore (although Gore's version went unreleased at the time).

Eggy's "Hooky" starts with such a classic riff you wonder why it wasn't a hit. And you'll want to hear more, which is why I recommend getting all four volumes of this series.

-- Days of Broken Arrows