The Dreams of Michaelangelo - 23rd Turn Off

The Dreams of Michaelangelo
With beginnings going back to the 1950’s, this Liverpool group evolved through the Merseybeat era into being known as The Kirkbys. Mainstay was vocalist/guitarist Jimmy Campbell who also wrote most of the material. One song "She’ll Get No Lovin’ That Way” was covered by notable scenesters at the time, ‘The Escorts’, on their fourth single, whilst The Kirkbys only had one single released "It’s a Crime”, included here. Following a spell backing the Merseys, Jimmy Campbell and group moved into the psych 60’s period with a name change to the 23rd Turn Off (Liverpool being the 23rd turn off from the M6). In turn, one release resulted, the astounding "Michelangelo”, a beautifully crafted ballad, scored with some Penny Lane-esque trumpet and tinged with Campbell’s innate sense of melancholia. Following the 23rd Turn Off Campbell and Billy Kinsley went on to record the highly rated ‘Rockin Horse’ album, recently reissued by Rev-Ola. On this RPM collection you have the entire recordings of the Kirkbys and 23rd Turnoff, the released, the unreleased, the demos, in chronological order, packaged in rare and perfect period photos with notes from extensive interviews with group members.

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Code: RPMBC287
Weight: 200
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 'Cos My Babys Gone / Don't You Want Me (Demo Version) / Don't You Want Me No More / She'll Get No Lovin' That Way (Demo Version) / Bless You (Demo Version) / Bless You / It's A Crime / I've Never Been So Much In Love / Dreaming / Flowers Are Flowering / Penny In My Pocket / I'll Be Round / Michaelangelo (Demo Version) / Another Van Gough / Mothers Boy / I'll Be With You / You Sing Your Own Song / Michaelangelo (with strings demo version) / Penny In My Pocket (with Orchestra Vfoersion) / Michaelangelo / Leave Me Here
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One of those "Wow! I didn't know that existed, but what a find!", type albums. A lost in action masterpiece from 1969, full of Beatles connections and inflections, plus the groups own popsike visions.

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With songs varying from acoustic ballads to full orchestral productions the album was drenched in typically florid late 60's Abbey Road production sounds. Band leader and album producer, Tom Hartman admits to succumbing to his flair for the dramatic using bytes from the EMI sound effects library rather liberally.

Unintentionally many of the songs bare their influences brightly: Like Her (strong whiff of 'And I Love Her' about It), Resurrection (a retake on 'Across The Universe'), Everythings Alright (which lyrically, vocally, melodically visits 'Getting Better' and stays). Though other songs do show how strong the group were as writers in their own direction with the hook and strings laden World Of You, and the psychedelically vaudevillian Bessy Goodheart. Only two singles were released by Parlophone in 1969, the band returned to St Louis and the album was criminally shelved. With hind sight had the album been released at the proper time the Aerovons would have beaten Badfinger by a year, and could well have stolen their thunder. This is a lost sixties gem, essential listen for popsike fans, full of the Beatles and the Abbey Road sound.

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Further reflections, the complete recordsings 1967-69
Now widely considered to have been one of the finest groups to emerge from the British psychedelic pop scene, Kaleidoscope signed to the Fontana label in the epochal year of 1967. Over the next couple of years, they issued two magnificent albums, Tangerine Dream and Faintly Blowing, as well as a quintet of vibrant, inventive, highly commercial singles.

Somehow, though, they failed to achieve the glittering prizes that everyone predicted would be theirs. Frustrated by their lack of success, and with a heavier musical climate taking hold, they ended the decade with a change of name to Fairfield Parlour and a new deal with progressive rock label Vertigo.

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"a double-disc set of psychedelia that bristles with period charm, and generally manages to remain on the right side of indulgent". Music Week, 29/06/2012

"Bringing together Kaleidoscope's two Fontana albums, Tangerine Dream and Faintly Blowing, plus all five of the group's singles, this is the first time their entire output has come under one roof". Mick Houghton (Uncut - July 2012)
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