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Psychedelic
Psychedelic is the third in the series of Mike Alway compiled and designed theme compilations on El Records. Following on from a resurgence of interest in the Psychedelic movement, the album features contributions from the King Of Luxembourg, Loveletter, Would Be Goods and Bad Dream Fancy Dress. The style of the El artists dovetails well with the fascinating historical eccentricities of the RPM label, who are represented here by artists including Harmony Grass, Tony Rivers and the Castaways and Spencer Davis. Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn also appears with her beautifully downbeat and sensuous performance of the Nico / Velvet Underground masterpiece "Femme Fatale" and her cover of the Bid / Monochrome Set composition "Goodbye Joe", released here or the fist time in 15 years and for the first time ever on CD.
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HARMONY GRASS/I've Seen To Dream / TONY RIVERS & THE CASTAWAYS/Pantomime / SPENCER DAVIS/Virginals Dream (from Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush) / SPENCER DAVIS/Sanity Inspector / JOE MEEK/Love Dance Of The Saroos (from I Hear A New World) / FABULOUS FLEE/RAKKERS/Sunday Date (Joe Meek Production) / MARK WIRTZ/Festival Of Kings (from A Teenage Opera) / MARK WIRTZ/Theme From A Teenage Opera (end titles) (from A Teenage Opera) / TRACEY THORN/Femme Fetale / TRACEY THORN/Goodbye Joe / BAD DREAM FANCY DRESS/Dali's Diet / BAD DREAM FANCY DRESS/Choirboys Gas / WOULD BE GOODS/Cecil Beaton's Scrapbook / THE KING OF LUXEMBOURG/Poptones / LOVELETTER/Barbarella / WALLPAPER/Dreams That Money Can Buy / WALLPAPER/Sun/
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The Dawn of Psychedelia
Piper At the Gates of Dawn, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Doors, Electric Music for the Mind and Body, The United States of America, Fifth Dimension, Happy Trails, Forever Changes, S F Sorrow, Ogden's Nut Gone Flake, A Child's Guide to Good and Evil, Music In A Doll's House, Mass in F Minor, We're Only In It For The Money: just some of the conceptual masterpieces of the psychedelic era.

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The Dawn of Psychedelia charts the course of the artistic momentum that had been gathering internationally from the mid nineteenth century. From Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites to Lewis Carroll, progressing through Art nouveau. Aubrey Beardsley, Erik Satie and The Sitwells. Dada, Marcel Duchamp. The Surrealists: Dali and Bunuel and Miro. Edgard Varèse, the "Father of Electronic Music", the "Matinee Idol of Modernism" and musical guru of Frank Zappa. Aldous Huxley's 'holiday from reality' and the yearning of he and such prophets (or charlatans?) as Timothy Leary to attain the cosmic conciousness of unity, light and love. Abstract Expressionism, Jackson Pollock and the sculptor Alaxander Calder. The Alice B Toklas Cook Book. The mysteries of Indian classical music and its introduction in the west (Ravi Shankar, Vilayat Khan, Ali Akbar Khan and his brilliant disciple, Sharan Rani). The pioneering of Sun Ra and the jazz hybrids created by such figures as Ken Nordine, Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann and Gabor Szabo as each sought to break the boundaries of convention. The bewitching, other-worldly music of Sanctus from the Missa Luba, a version of the Latin Mass based on traditional Congolese songs, which establishes the magical atmosphere of Lindsay Anderson's If... a film that is a microcosm of the revolutionary 1960s and one of the most important films in cinema history.

The culmination of these pure, unadulterated divergent strands created the environment in which psychedelia would so memorably flower.

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