Saturday, May 17, 2008

V.A. - Magic Spectacles

This is by request. This 28 collection of rare UK pop/psych groups was released by Hyacinth Records (Hyacinth HR 003 / 1999). I've grabbed this once at soulseek and sadly no artwork was attached.

1. Legay - No One
taken from the single
No One/The Fantastic Story Of The Steam Driven Banana
(Fontana TF 904) 1969
Line-up: John Knapp (gtr, keyb'ds, vcls), Robin Pizer (gtr, vcls), Rod Read (gtr, vcls), Dave McCarthy (bs), Moth Smith (drms).
Band origin: Leicester (Leicestershire/UK)
2. Opal Butterfly - Beautiful Biege
taken from the single Beautiful Biege/Speak Up (CBS 3576) 1968
Line-up: Allan Love (vcls), Robbie Milne (lead gtr), Tommy Doherty (gtr), Richard Bardy (bs), Simon King (drms). Band origin: London
3. Answers - You've Gotta Believe Me
taken from the single
(It's) Just A Fear/You've Gotta Believe Me (Columbia DB 7847) 1966
Line-up: Tony Hill (lead gtr, vcls), Ron (gtr), Bob (bs), Vince Edwards (drms, vcls). Band origin: Newcastle (Tyne and Wear/UK)
4. Dead Sea Fruit - Kensington High Street
taken from the single
Kensington High Street/Put Another Record On (Camp 602 001) 1967
Line-up: Clive Kennedy (vcls), Dave "Beano" Lashmar (gtr, vcls), Christopher Hall (bs, gtr, vcls), Si Clifford (keyb'ds), John Errington-Townsend (perc, vcls). Band origin: London
5. Nerve - Come The Day
taken from the single
Magic Spectacles/Come The Day (Page One POF 055) 1968
Line-up: Robert Hirst (vcls), Steve Taylor (lead gtr), Rob Duffy (rhythm gtr), Ian Day (bs), Barry Satchelle (drms).
Band origin: Nottingham (Nottinghampshire/UK)
6. Vamp - Thinkin' Too Much
taken from the single Floatin'/Thinkin' Too Much (Atlantic 584 213) 1968
Line-up: Mick Hutchinson (lead gtr), Pete Sears (bs, gtr, keyb'ds, vcls), Andy Clark (organ, vcls), Viv Prince (drms). Band origin: London
7. Lomax Alliance - Try As You May
taken from the single Try As You May/See The People (CBS 2729) 1967
Line-up: John Cannon (lead gtr, vcls), Jackie Lomax (vcls, gtr), Tony Caccetta (bs), Bugs Pemberton (drms).
Band origin: Liverpool (Merseyside/UK)
8. Tangerine Peel - Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man
taken from the single
Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man Will Show You/Trapped
(United Artists UP 1193) 1968

Line-up incl.: Mike Chapman (vcls), Alan Ross (lead gtr), Warwick Rose (bs).
Band origin: London
9. Opal Butterfly - Gigging Song
taken from the single
You're A Groupie Girl/Gigging Song (Polydor 2058 041) 1970
Line-up: Ray Major (vcls, lead gtr), Tommy Doherty (gtr), Ian "Lemmy" Willis [aka Lemmy Kilmister] (vcls, lead gtr, bs), Simon King (drms).
Band origin: London
10. Breakthru' - Julius Caesar
taken from the single Ice Cream Tree/Julius Caesar (Mercury MF 1066) 1968
Line-up: Gary Affalo (lead vcls), Keith "Smoke" Abingdon (lead gtr), Bob Booth (bs), Geoff "Gladys" Garrattley (organ), Richard "Plug" Thomas (drms). Band origin: Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands/UK)
11. Cupid's Inspiration - Dream
taken from the single Yesterday Has Gone/Dream (NEMS 56-3500) 1968
Line-up: Terry Rice-Milton (vcls), Wyndham George (lead gtr), Laughton James (bs), Roger Gray (drms). Band origin: Stamford (Lincolnshire/UK)
12. Huddersfield [Transit Authority] - Bayou Farm
taken from the single Bayou Farm/Runaway (Polydor 2001284) 1972
Line-up incl.: Tim Rice (vcls). Band origin: London
13. Nerve - Magic Spectacles
See Track 5
14. Junior's Eyes - Circus Days
taken from the single
Woman Love/Circus Days (Regal Zonophone RZ 3018) 1969
Line-up: Graham 'Grom' Kelly (vcls), Mick Wayne (lead gtr, vcls), John 'Honk' Lodge (bs, vcls), Steve Chapman (drms). Band origin: London
15. Frame - My Feet Don't Fit His Shoes
taken from the single
My Feet Don't Fit His Shoes/She (RCA Victor RCA 1556) 1966
Line-up: Mick Webley (lead gtr), Bob Adams (vcls, gtr), Brian Harbison (vcls, hrmnca, bs), Derek Woodward (drms).
Band origin: Birmingham (West Midlands/UK)
16. Pandamonium - The Sun Shines From His Eyes
taken from the single
No Presents For Me/The Sun Shines From His Eyes (CBS 2664) 1967
Line-up: Bob Ponton (vcls, lead gtr, rhythm gtr, ukulele), Martin Curtis (rhythm gtr, bs, drms, vcls), Ray Jenns (lead gtr, rhythm gtr, bs), Steve Chapman (drms). Band origin: Gravesend (Kent/UK)
17. Spice - In Love
taken from the single
What About The Music/In Love (United Artists UP 2246) 1968
Line-up: David Byron [aka David Garrick] (vcls), Mick Box (lead gtr), Paul Newton (vcls, bs), Nigel Pegrum (drms). Band origin: Walthamstow (Essex/UK)
18. Hush - Elephant Rider
taken from the single Elephant Rider/Grey (Fontana TF 944) 1968
Line-up: Chris Angelo (vcls), John Beattie (lead gtr), Geoff Smith (bs), Peter "Twiggy" Wood (keyb'ds), Mac Poole (drms).
Band origin: Manchester (Greater Manchester/UK)
19. Voids - I'm In A Fix
taken from the single Come On Out/I'm In A Fix (Polydor BM 56073) 1966
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: Somerset (UK)
20. Chances-R - Talking Out The Back Of My Head
taken from the single
Talking Out The Back Of My Head/I Aimed Too High (CBS 202614) 1967
Line-up: Rob Chance (vcls), Tom Bannister (lead gtr), Pete Scott (gtr), Ron Callaway (bs), Jim Bourne (drms).
Band origin: Southampton (Hampshire/UK)

21. Opal Butterfly - Speak Up
See Track 2
22. Voice - The Truth
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
23. Weeds - Getting It Together
Line-up: unknown. Band origin: UK
24. Lovin' - I'm In Command
taken from the single
Keep On Believin'/I'm In Command (Page One POF 035) 1967
Line-up/Band origin: See Track 5 (= The Nerve)
25. Sons Of Fred - You Told Me
taken from the single
Baby What Do You Want Me To Do/You Told Me (Parlophone R 5415) 1966
Line-up: Mick Hutchinson (lead gtr), Ray Redway (gtr), Alan Bohling (bs), Pete Sears (vcls, bs, gtr, keyb'ds), Tim Boyle (drms).
Band origin: Great Yarmouth (Norfolk/UK)
26. Opal Butterfly - Mary Anne With The Shakey Hand
taken from the single
Mary Anne With The Shakey Hands/My Gration Or? (CBS 3921) 1969
Line-up/Band origin: See Track 2
27. Orange Machine - Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room
taken from the single
You Can All Join In/Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room (Pye 7N 17680) 1969
Line-up: Robin Crowley (lead gtr), Ernie Durkin (lead vcls, rhythm gtr), Tommy Kinsella (bs), Jimmy Greeley (drms). Band origin: Dublin (Ireland)
28. Paper Blitz Tissue - Grey Man
taken from the single Boy Meets Girl/Grey Man (RCA Victor RCA 1652) 1967
Line-up: Miller Anderson (lead gtr, vcls), Terry Keatley (gtr, vcls), Derek Needham (bs), Dave DuFort (drms). Band origin: London

Get it here

Listen to
Tangerine Peel - Every Christian Lion-Hearted Man

Listen to Opal Butterfly - Speak Up


Anonymous said...

Thanks for this underground compilation.


tickle said...

eh... "Grey Man" stops halfway through the song and "The Sun Shines From His Eyes" switches to a completely different song for about 5 seconds, then goes back.

at least both songs were comped elsewhere

Buffalo Billycan said...

That's strange tickle,
I proved it and the files seem to be ok. Has anybody else the same problem? If it is so, please post a comment.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for making this available- I'd been looking out for it on eBay for ages...last time it came up it sold for over $100!!! Crazy price.

I've since found out from a Sweet Floral Albion review that it was only ever issued as a CD-R (but advertised as a proper CD when it went on sale) and the reason "Grey Man" ends abruptly is there was no room left on the disc for the 2nd half!

Shoddy to say the least- I shall strike it off my wishlist straight away and enjoy this digital copy!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic album! Thanks so very much! Tickle was right, "Grey Man" does cut off before the end. Fortunately, that song can be found in its entirety on the album "Voyage Thru the Sugarcube," which is posted at the Twilightzone blog. Thanks again!


Anonymous said...

Fan-bloody-tastic comp.!!!
Many thanks!!!