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Probably the most prolific budget label of the Sixties, California-based Alshire was also the most interesting, with owner Al Sherman and his equally notorious hustler sidekick Dave Miller (aka D. L. Miller, aka Leo Muller) employing leading LA session men and local studio auteurs to supply finished masters that were then issued (and endlessly repackaged) in a variety of fictitious group names.

Initially a US-only concern, by mid-1969 Alshire had become something of an Anglo- American enterprise after Sherman hired Pye producer Jack Dorsey – who, in addition to taking over the label’s long-running 101 Strings series, brought in a number of English pop and rock bands who contributed (often without their knowledge) to Alshire’s bulging release schedules.

A 3-CD set, I Said She Said Ah Cid gathers together the cream of Alshire’s late Sixties/early Seventies roster, incorporating key LPs (including The Animated Egg and the extraordinary Astro-Sounds From Beyond The Year 2000) in full, an entire CD of music from scandalously overlooked California psych/rock band The California Poppy Pickers (including a handful of tracks issued in that name by a pseudonymous Wilson McKinlay) and selected highlights from elsewhere in the Alshire catalogue, stretching from obscure UK acts like Autumn and Amalgamation to (almost unbelievably) an attempt to update the music of Hank Williams for the acid-rock generation.

The result is the first-ever anthology of Alshire’s work, while the accompanying 32- page booklet includes many rare photos, band quotes and a 10,000 word essay that examines in detail the murky, labyrinthine world of Alshire for the first time.

Track List:

DISC ONE:
THE ANIMATED EGG
1. A LOVE BUILT ON SAND
2. INSIDE LOOKING OUT
3. I SAID, SHE SAID, AH CID
4. “T”OMORROW
5. SURE LISTIC
6. SIPPIN’ AND TRIPPIN’
7. DARK
8. DOWN, DOWN AND GONE
9. SOCK IT MY WAY
10. THAT’S HOW IT IS

101 STRINGS
11. ODE TO BILLIE JOE
12. I’M A MAN
13. KARMA SITAR
14. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’
15. STONE BAROQUE
16. SAN FRANCISCO (FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)
17. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
18. BLUES FOR THE GURU
19. NEVER MY LOVE
20. STRINGS FOR RAVI
21. FLAMEOUT
22. RE-ENTRY TO MOG
23. SPACE ODYSSEY
24. ASTRAL FREAKOUT
25. ORBIT FANTASY
26. BARRIER X-69
27. A DISAPPOINTING LOVE WITH A DESENSITIZED ROBOT
28. TRIPPIN’ ON LUNAR 07
29. WHERE WERE YOU IN 1982?
30. A BAD TRIP BACK TO ’69

DISC TWO:
THE CALIFORNIA POPPY PICKERS
1. WIPE OUT ’69
2. COME BACK
3. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD
4. CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION
5. BUN BUSTER
6. WHY DON’T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD
7. SUNSHINE SUMMER DAYS
8. GET BACK
9. DOYADOYA
10. AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN
11. HAIR
12. IT’S WRITTEN ALL OVER MY FACE
13. HORSEFLY
14. SPECIAL DELIVERY
15. BACK IN THE USSR
16. AUGIE FROM BAKERSFIELD
17. HUSHABYE
18. YELLOW SUBMARINE
19. WITH VIGOR
20. NARROW PEOPLE
21. BLUES FROM BERKELEY STREET PEOPLE
22. SPIRIT IN THE SKY
23. BORN ON THE BAYOU
24. GET TOGETHER
25. BRICK WALLS
26. HONKY TONK WOMEN

DISC THREE:
1. SABRE DANCE – John Bunyan’s Progressive Pilgrims
2. MY BUCKET’S GOT A HOLE IN IT – Modern Sounds
3. MY LITTLE GIRL – Autumn
4. TROUBLED PEOPLE – The Heads Of The Family
5. VISIONS OF A HOBO – Doctor Marigold’s Prescription
6. GOLDEN GA TE FREAKOUT – The Mustang
7. THING’S THING – Icarus
8. STREET KING – Jane & Eve And The Creations
9. MOZART’S DILEMMA – John Bunyan’s Progressive Pilgrims
10. CHICK-A-BOOM – Capt. Skid Marks
11. LAND OF FUSON – Doctor Marigold’s Prescription
12. PIGEON – Brownhill Stamp Duty
13. SUN SUNSHINE – Autumn
14. SPACED OUT – John Bunyan’s Progressive Pilgrims
15. LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES – Modern Sounds
16. LODI – The Heads Of The Family
17. HAIGHT-ASHBURY TIME – The Mustang
18. CAN’T YOU SEE I’M RIGHT? – Doctor Marigold’s Prescription
19. LOVE IS A THING – Icarus
20. APRICOT BRANDY- John Bunyan’s Progressive Pilgrims
21. KAW-LIGA – Modern Sounds
22. MORE THAN NOW – Jane & Eve And The Creations
23. TIE ME DOWN – Doctor Marigold’s Prescription
24. WHIPLASH – 101 Strings
25. INSTANT NIRVANA – 101 Strings
26. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE – 101 Strings

DISC ONE:
THE ANIMATED EGG
1. A LOVE BUILT ON SAND
2. INSIDE LOOKING OUT
3. I SAID, SHE SAID, AH CID
4. “T”OMORROW
5. SURE LISTIC
6. SIPPIN' AND TRIPPIN'
7. DARK
8. DOWN, DOWN AND GONE
9. SOCK IT MY WAY
10. THAT'S HOW IT IS

101 STRINGS
11. ODE TO BILLIE JOE
12. I'M A MAN
13. KARMA SITAR
14. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN'
15. STONE BAROQUE
16. SAN FRANCISCO (FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR)
17. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
18. BLUES FOR THE GURU
19. NEVER MY LOVE
20. STRINGS FOR RAVI
21. FLAMEOUT
22. RE-ENTRY TO MOG
23. SPACE ODYSSEY
24. ASTRAL FREAKOUT
25. ORBIT FANTASY
26. BARRIER X-69
27. A DISAPPOINTING LOVE WITH A DESENSITIZED ROBOT
28. TRIPPIN' ON LUNAR 07
29. WHERE WERE YOU IN 1982?
30. A BAD TRIP BACK TO '69

DISC TWO:
THE CALIFORNIA POPPY PICKERS
1. WIPE OUT '69
2. COME BACK
3. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACKYARD
4. CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION
5. BUN BUSTER
6. WHY DON'T WE DO IT IN THE ROAD
7. SUNSHINE SUMMER DAYS
8. GET BACK
9. DOYADOYA
10. AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN
11. HAIR
12. IT'S WRITTEN ALL OVER MY FACE
13. HORSEFLY
14. SPECIAL DELIVERY
15. BACK IN THE USSR
16. AUGIE FROM BAKERSFIELD
17. HUSHABYE
18. YELLOW SUBMARINE
19. WITH VIGOR
20. NARROW PEOPLE
21. BLUES FROM BERKELEY STREET PEOPLE
22. SPIRIT IN THE SKY
23. BORN ON THE BAYOU
24. GET TOGETHER
25. BRICK WALLS
26. HONKY TONK WOMEN

DISC THREE:
1. SABRE DANCE - John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims
2. MY BUCKET'S GOT A HOLE IN IT - Modern Sounds
3. MY LITTLE GIRL - Autumn
4. TROUBLED PEOPLE - The Heads Of The Family
5. VISIONS OF A HOBO - Doctor Marigold's Prescription
6. GOLDEN GA TE FREAKOUT - The Mustang
7. THING'S THING - Icarus
8. STREET KING - Jane & Eve And The Creations
9. MOZART'S DILEMMA - John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims
10. CHICK-A-BOOM - Capt. Skid Marks
11. LAND OF FUSON - Doctor Marigold's Prescription
12. PIGEON - Brownhill Stamp Duty
13. SUN SUNSHINE - Autumn
14. SPACED OUT - John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims
15. LONG GONE LONESOME BLUES - Modern Sounds
16. LODI - The Heads Of The Family
17. HAIGHT-ASHBURY TIME - The Mustang
18. CAN'T YOU SEE I'M RIGHT? - Doctor Marigold's Prescription
19. LOVE IS A THING - Icarus
20. APRICOT BRANDY- John Bunyan's Progressive Pilgrims
21. KAW-LIGA - Modern Sounds
22. MORE THAN NOW - Jane & Eve And The Creations
23. TIE ME DOWN - Doctor Marigold's Prescription
24. WHIPLASH - 101 Strings
25. INSTANT NIRVANA - 101 Strings
26. ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE - 101 Strings
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