Grapefruit Records are treating us to not one, but two Complete Recordings boxsets in August! Dive into the worlds of ‘Fire‘ and ‘Tintern Abbey’ below, and click the links to pre-order your own copies of these definitive collections…
Fire: Father´s Name Is Dad -The Complete Fire 3CD Digipak
• A must for psychedelic and prog fans – a complete anthology of cult band Fire.
• Led by future Strawbs guitarist Dave Lambert, Hounslow-based trio Fire failed to break through in their lifetime, but have posthumously been championed by two slightly different elements of the collector network: mod/psychedelic pop admirers love their much-covered 1968 single ‘Father’s Name Is Dad’ and their collection of similarly-styled demos from the same period; while progressive rock fans have made the 1970 Pye album ‘The Magic Shoemaker’ a hugely valuable artefact.
• Finally, all of their work is now available under one roof with the 3-CD set ‘Father’s Name Is Dad: The Complete Fire’.
Disc One rounds up their 1967-‘68 work (including both Decca-issued versions of the title track single).
Disc Two contains the album ‘The Magic Shoemaker’ plus sundry out-takes and alternative versions from the same period.
Disc Three is the original trio’s triumphant staging of an extended, revamped live ‘The Magic Shoemaker’ over two nights in 2007.
Assembled with the aid of chief Fireman Lambert, the 3-CD set features many rare delights, such as all four tracks (including the previously unreleased ‘It’s Not Easy Falling Out Of Love’ and ‘Boys And Girls Together’) that the band recorded in mid-1967 at the RG Jones studio under their original name of Friday’s Chyld, plus two tracks (‘Live To Love’ and ‘Back There Again’) that were recorded in late 1970 by a revised line-up, and which have never previously appeared on a Fire package.
Featuring every Fire recording known to exist, and with a booklet that includes a full band history, rare photos and new quotes, ‘Father’s Name Is Dad: The Complete Fire’ is the final word on one of the most fascinating bands working on the late ‘60s British pop scene
Tintern Abbey: Beeside – The Complete Recordings, 2CD
• The greatest, most important cache of unreleased vintage British psychedelia to have surfaced for decades, ‘Beeside: The Complete Recordings’ gathers together everything ever recorded by the iconic Tintern Abbey.
• A legendary name from the British psychedelic scene, Tintern Abbey’s enduring reputation rests on one of the definitive forty-fives to emerge from the genre, the November 1967 coupling of ‘Beeside’ backed with ‘Vacuum Cleaner’ which originally appeared on Deram.
• Since its release, just a small handful of skeletal demo recordings have trickled out, all of which were essentially minor addenda to the band’s little-documented but legendary career.
Now, Grapefruit has finally unearthed the full, definitive story. After two decades of planning, research, tape transfer and sound restoration, ‘Beeside: The Complete Recordings’ features over two hours of music recorded by Tintern Abbey between the summer of 1967 (when they spent a month in a Cornwall cottage, rehearsing and taping their performances prior to their London launch) and the end of 1968.
Featuring more than 90 minutes of previously unreleased and unheard material, indeed, everything on the 68-minute Disc Two is now receiving its first-ever public airing.
Alongside that genre-defining Deram single and those previously-leaked demos are some astonishing treasures.
Included are two finished masters of the intended late 1967 follow-up 45 ‘Snowman’ (a disorientating melange of sinister Mellotron, disembodied voices and backward tapes that was abandoned when original guitarist Don Smith left the group); the Arabic-sounding ‘My Prayer’ and the ‘SF Sorrow’- anticipating ‘Let The Wind Blow’, along with late 1968 creations like ‘Raspberry Ripple’, ‘Life Goes By’ and ‘My House’ suggesting that, even at the point of their collapse, Tintern Abbey remained a vital, vibrant unit.
Featuring a new 6000 word essay with band quotes and previously unpublished photos and memorabilia, this lovingly-assembled 2-CD set is the final word on a group that turned out to be as mysterious and elusive as the Wordsworth poem that inspired their name.