Wednesday, May 7, 2008

V.A. - Chocolate Soup For Diabetics Vol. 1

This is by request. Classic compilation with all the goodies and a bit rough sound. All the tracks here were compiled for the first time as it was released (Relics LSD 1 / 1980). Brings a bit memories back as I have bought this on vacation in London together with the first volumes of "Endless Journey", "Psychedelic Unknowns", "Pebbles" and "Boulders" in a small record shop by the recommendation of the owner (I just asked for a TV Personalities 7-inch and he answered "Sure, but if you like this why don't you try that?"). This compilation starts with Arthur Brown's "I Am The God Of Hellfire And I Bring You..." intro and then skips into the "Voice" track (on later editions this intro was deleted). Also a bit strange is the fact that the "Apple" track was faded in and the piano intro on Tintern Abbey's "Beeside" was erased. Finally the last song by "The Unexplained" was according to Julian Cope's webzine the work of an early '80s band. These informations I do know NOW but 28 years back I was just stunned of the music that I have heard.

1. Voice - The Train To Disaster
taken from the single
The Train To Disaster/The Truth (Mercury MF 905) 1966
Line-up: Stuart Halbert (vcls), Miller Anderson (lead gtr, vcls), Ian MacDonald (bs), Eddie Hammill (organ), Jimmy McNally (drms).
Band origin: London
2. Nuchez's - Open Up Your Mind
taken from the single
Open Up Your Mind/B.G.'s One Eye (Rembrandt 818R-5001) 1966
Line-up incl.: Ricky Erickson (lead gtr). Band origin: Chicago (Illinos/US)
3. Tintern Abbey - Vacuum Cleaner
taken from the single Beeside/Vacuum Cleaner (Deram DM 164) 1967
Line-up: David MacTavish (vcls), Dan Smith (lead gtr), Stuart MacKay (bs), John Dalton (drms). Band origin: London
4. One In A Million - Double Sight
taken from the single
Fredereek Hernando/Double Sight (MGM 1370) 1967
Line-up: Jimmy McCullouch (lead gtr, vcls), Alan Young (lead vcls, gtr), Billy Fisher (bs, vcls), Jack McCullouch (drms).
Band origin: Glasgow (Scotland)
5. Misunderstood - Children Of The Sun
taken from the single
Children Of The Sun/I Unseen (Fontana TF 998) 1969
Line-up: Rick Brown (vcls, hrmnca), Tony Hill (gtr), Glenn Ross Campbell (steel gtr), Steve Whiting (bs), Rick Moe (drms).
Band origin: Riverside (California/US) → London
6. Dantalian's Chariot - Madman Running Through The Fields
taken from the single
The Madman Running Through The Fields/
Sun Came Bursting Through My Cloud (Columbia DB 8260) 1967

Line-up: Zoot Money (keyb'ds, vcls), Andy Somers (lead gtr), Pat Donaldson (bs), Colin Allen (drms). Band origin: London
7. Nuchez's - B.G.'s One Eye
See Track 2
8. Flies - (I'm Not) Your Stepping Stone
taken from the single
(I'm Not Your) Stepping Stone/Talk To Me (Decca F 12533) 1966
Line-up: George Haywood (lead gtr), John Da Costa (gtr, organ), Ian Baldwin (bs), Robin Hunt (drms, vcls). Band origin: London
9. One In A Million - Fredereek Hernando
See Track 4
10. Fire - Father's Name Is Dad
taken from the single
Father's Name Is Dad/Treacle Toffee World (Decca F 12753) 1968
Line-up: David Lambert (vcls, gtr, keyb'ds), Dick Dufall (bs, vcls), Bob Voice (drms, vcls). Band origin: Hounslow (Middlesex/UK)
11. Tintern Abbey - Beeside
See Track 3
12. Fresh Windows - Fashion Conscious
taken from the single
Summer Sun Shines/Fashion Conscious (Fontana TF 839) 1967
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: UK
13. Apple - The Otherside
taken from the single
Doctor Rock/The Otherside (Page One POF 110) 1968
Line-up: Dennis Regan (vcls), Rob Ingram (gtr), Jeffrey Harrod (bs), Charlie Barber (piano), David Brassington (drms). Band origin: London
14. Unexplained - A Walk Down Emily Lane
[perviously unreleased / 1980]
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: UK

Get it here (Artwork included / vinyl rip)

Listen to One In A Million - Fredereek Hernando

Listen to Fresh Windows - Fashion Conscious


Anonymous said...

Thank you for this Collection of cool british Psych!

tickle said...

The back of rubble 1 says...

"diabetic soup has made some people very fat"

Well, Mr. Phil Smee, let''s risk it! THANK YOU BUFFALO BILLYCAN!!!

PS: Thought I should mention... you are mentioned on VOLUME 2!!!

Dedicated Follower of Badgeman said...

Fire are due to release a live CD later this year. The original band members reunited last year to play two brilliant concerts.

check out

for info.

Robert Charbonnier said...

I bought this compil when it came out. Good to be able to listen to it again without having the ampli fixed.

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