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.
Signed by EMI from the demo of their song World of You, the Beatles inspired American band, the Aerovons proceeded to absorb everything around them in late 60's London and particularly Abbey Road studios. They met George Harrison and Paul McCartney, watched the Fab Four record Yer Blues and Sexy Sadie, heard playbacks of Oh Darling! Then they laid down their own material, with the able assistance of engineers Alan Parsons and Geoff Emerick, both with their own Beatles connections.
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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|1. WORLD OF YOU
3. SAY GEORGIA
4. WITH HER
5. QUOTES AND PHOTOS
6. WORDS FROM A SONG
7. BESSY GOODHEART
8. SOMETHING OF YOURS
9. SHE’S NOT DEAD
10. THE YEARS
11. EVERYTHING’S ALRIGHT
12. THE CHILDREN
13. THE TRAIN (SINGLE A-SIDE)
14. SONG FOR JANE (SINGLE B-SIDE)
15. HERE (UNRELEASED SONG)
16. WORLD OF YOU (DEMO)
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.
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.
But, as singer and lyricist Peter Daltrey
observed at the end of Kaleidoscope’s debut album, the children stayed children,
and they lived in their dreams.
Undoubtedly the definitive Kaleidoscope package, Further Reflections assembles the group’s entire recorded legacy
for the Fontana label under one roof for the first time. Relax your eyes, for after all, we can but
share these minutes...
"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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