VA – Mojo Presents Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers (2001)

Posted by Green on June 26, 2018as

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Lovingly compiled by those scholarly scribes at Mojo magazine (and with excellent sleeve notes from genre connoisseur Jon Savage), the 72-track, four-CD box set Acid Drops. Spacedust and Flying Saucers is a veritable encylopedia of British 60s psychedelic pop. Come, let us leave our monochrome 21st-century adult lives and climb the technicolour loft-ladder into an enchanted and forgotten childhood attic of benzedrine bedtime stories, liquorice allsorts, toy trains, rainbow trees and–in the case of Mandrake Paddle Steamer–strange men walking across the lawn. As Acid Drops correctly points out, American psychedelia was all about napalm guitars, carbon monoxide poisoning and “they’re coming to take me away to Vietnam” psychosis. However, its cuddly, post-ration book British sibling was more concerned with sniffing the school chemistry set, eating sweets and something or other to do with gardening. Thus, beat-band blokes from such unlikely places as Scunthorpe, Hove and Hounslow set sail for new musical horizons–possibly on flying carpets made out of flutes and mellotrons–with the pioneering zeal of Victorian free-thinkers. Aside from cult cornerstone classics by The Poets, Timebox, Kaleidoscope, David McWilliams, Amazing Friendly Apple (whose “Magician” really does sound like the work of mysterious robed men with long white beards) and World Of Oz (although surely the pervy nursery rhyme “Muffin Man” would have been a better choice than “Peter’s Birthday”), Acid Drops boasts plenty of familiar hit parade fare from The Move, Donovan, The Yardbirds. The Hollies et al, plus obscurities galore. Who, exactly, were proto-punk freak-beat exponents Allen Pound’s Get Rich and how come they sounded like Adam and The Ants 11 years before the event? Bamboo Shoot? Nope, us neither–nor the compilers. With such notable absentees as Svensk and Dantalion’s Chariot, a whole tangential area of weird-folk to explore and with EMI holding the magic key to the locked cupboard of early Floyd outtakes, here’s hoping this essential, un-put-downable box set is the first in a very, very long series.

CD 1 – Down To Middle Earth

01. McGough and McGear – So Much In Love (4:02)
02. Aquarian Age – 10,000 Words In A Cardboard Box (3:26)
03. The Nice – Flower Ring of Flies (3:18)
04. Rupert’s People – Dream On My Mind (3:25)
05. Shy Limbs – Reputation (3:33)
06. Tintern Abbey – Vacuum Cleaner (3:06)
07. The David – Light Of Your Mind (2:51)
08. The Misunderstood – I Can Take You To The Sun (3:40)
09. Grapefruit – Dear Delilah (2:28)
10. Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly (3:33)
11. Bamboo Shoot – The Fox Has Gone To Ground (2:52)
12. The Who – Armenia City In The Sky (3:13)
13. Focus Three – 10,000 Years Behind My Mind (2:16)
14. Timebox – Gone Is The Sad Man (3:44)
15. World Of Oz – Peter’s Birthday (2:55)
16. The Tickle – Subway (Smokey Pokey World) (2:42)
17. Felius Andromeda – Meditations (4:10)
18. Warm Sounds – Nite Is A-Comin’ (3:01)

CD 2 – Gandalf’s Garden

01. Kaleidoscope – Flight from Ashiya (2:41)
02. July – The Way (4:15)
03. The Incredible String Band – Witches Hat (2:34)
04. Donovan – Celeste (4:10)
05. Rameses & Selket – Mind’s Eye (2:42)
06. The End – Shades Of Orange (2:41)
07. Virgin Sleep – Love (2:25)
08. Barclay James Harvest – Pools Of Blue (3:09)
09. Tales Of Justine – Monday Morning (3:23)
10. Billy Nicholls – Girl From New York (3:19)
11. The Accent – Red Sky At Night (3:14)
12. Mick Softley – Am I The Red One (2:31)
13. Orange Bicycle – Laura’s Garden (3:15)
14. Caleb – Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad (3:18)
15. The Amazing Friendly Apple – Magician (3:23)
16. The Moles – We Are The Moles Part 1 (4:34)
17. 23rd Turnoff – Michael Angelo (2:25)
18. Bill Fay – Screams In The Ears (3:25)

CD 3 – Mushroom Soup

01. Purple Gang – Granny Takes a Trip (2:36)
02. Smoke – My Friend Jack (3:07)
03. Idle Race – Impostors of Life’s Magazine (2:18)
04. The Pretty Things – Talkin’ About the Good Times (3:44)
05. Donovan – Hurdy Gurdy Man (3:12)
06. The Spencer Davis Group – Time Seller (2:52)
07. Denny Laine – Say You Don’t Mind (3:10)
08. Move – I Can Hear the Grass Grow (2:58)
09. Kinks – See My Friends (2:43)
10. Peter Cook & Dudley Moore – The L. S. Bumble Bee (2:45)
11. The Yardbirds – Happenings Ten Years Time Ago (2:57)
12. Small Faces – Green Circles (2:42)
13. The Hollies – King Midas in Reverse (3:08)
14. David McWilliams – The Days of Pearly Spencer (2:34)
15. The Herd – From the Underworld (3:19)
16. Eric Burdon & the Animals – Sky Pilot (7:38)
17. Traffic – Paper Sun (4:13)
18. Simon Dupree & the Big Sound – Kites (3:45)

CD 4 – Roundhouse Ghosts

01. The Attack – Colour of My Mind (2:29)
02. Allen Pound’s Get Rich – Searchin’ In The Wilderness (3:19)
03. Fire – Father’s Name Is Dad (2:33)
04. The Orange Machine – Dr. Crippen’s Waiting Room (3:03)
05. Penny Peeps – Model Village (2:54)
06. The Fairytale – Run And Hide (2:30)
07. Mandrake Paddle Steamer – Strange Walking Man (3:13)
08. The Status Quo – When My Mind Is Not Live (2:49)
09. The Poets – In Your Tower (2:32)
10. Sands – Listen To The Sky (3:46)
11. Syd Barrett – Octopus (3:46)
12. The Apple – The Otherside (3:18)
13. The Flies – I’m Not Your Stepping Stone (2:41)
14. Herbal Mixture – Machines (2:04)
15. Tomorrow – Revolution (Phased Version) (3:48)
16. The Sorrows – You’ve Got What I Want (2:00)
17. The Koobas – Royston Rose (3:52)
18. Sam Gopal – Escalator (2:51)

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