Big Brother Is Watching You : The CBS Recordings Anthology - Skin Alley

Big Brother Is Watching You : The CBS Recordings Anthology
 Esoteric Recordings are pleased to release a two CD anthology by legendary Ladbroke Grove underground act Skin Alley. Formed in 1969, Skin Alley were part of the infamous CLearwater stable that included fellow acts such as Hawkwind, High TIde and Trees. Skin alley’s infectious fusion of jazz and rock was suited to the time and the band became a regular attraction on the underground festival and concert circuit. Signing to cbs records in the autumn of 1969, the band recorded their debut album with producer dick taylor (former guitarist with the pretty things).Famous for its Policeman cover, the album featured excellent tracks such as Living In Sin, Tell Me, Country Aire & Night Time. Prior to the release of their second album skin alley recorded a soundtrack album for the film Stop Veruschka!About the infamous German model. A wonderful set of music & songs, the album was shelved in favour of a new set of recordings that was released as the album to Pagham & Beyond. This anthology includes all tracks from that second album, plus the entire unreleased Stop Veruschka! Soundtrack. Re-mastered from the original master tapes, Big Brother is watching you is a fine tribute to one of britain’s greatest underground acts of the early 1970s.
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Living In Sin / Tell Me / Mother, Please Help Your Child / Marsha / Country Aire / All Alone / Night Time / Concerto Grosso (Take Heed (Going Down The) Highway / Taken From The Album Skin Alley - Better Be Blind / Tell Me (Single Version) / A & B Sides Of Single - Shower Music / Sofa, Taxi And Sand Themes / Cemetery Scene / First Drug Scene - Taken From The Unreleased Soundtrack Album Stop VeruschkaBig Brother Is Watching You / Take Me To Your Leader’s Daughter/ Walking In The Park / The Queen Of Bad Intentions / Sweaty Betty / Easy To Lie / Taken From The Album To Pagham And Beyond ; Russian Boogaloo / Skin Valley Serenade / Sun Music / Bird Music / Snow Music Taken From The Unreleased Soundtrack Album Stop Veruschka
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