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• As that noted hipster Plato once observed, when the mode of the music changes, the walls of the city shake. And there was certainly a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on in 1967. A distended Summer of Love saw psychedelic pop emerging from the underground clubs to infiltrate the home-grown music scene mainstream, with the vast majority following in the footsteps of perennial market leaders The Beatles in surrendering to the new genre.

• As the year progressed, it seemed that more or less every element of the British pop world had been swept up in the blissed-out UFOria. Beat boom survivors, R&B stalwarts, sharp-suited mods, Swinging London soul revues, earnest acoustic folkies, Denmark Street hustlers, traditional pop acts… all abandoned or refined their previous identities to make music that reflected the ubiquitous influence of psychedelia in its myriad paisley-patterned guises.

• Across four hours and eighty tracks, the all-singing, not-much-dancing Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds anticipates the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love to chronicle a tumultuous twelve-month period of music-making within the British Isles. The dizzying breadth of the set incorporates everything from key names such as The Move and Procol Harum, both represented with less obvious choices (surely nobody needs to hear ‘I Can Hear The Grass Grow’ or ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ yet again?!), to the likes of mondo obscuro West Country quintet T. J. Assembly, who pressed a mere 25 copies of their self-penned November 1967 album as a strictly personal memento of their time together.

• Along the way, we encounter all aspects of the scene, from the first generation psychedelic bands that took part in subterranean London ‘happenings’ to the shameless bandwagon-jumpers who were nevertheless an integral part of psychedelic pop’s rich and varied tapestry. We also feature a clutch of previously unreleased nuggets, alternative versions, pseudonymous releases, first-ever CD appearances, a couple of inspired novelty discs and even a football supporters freak-out.

• Housed in a clambox that includes a lavishly annotated and illustrated 44-page booklet, Let’s Go Down And Blow Our Minds is nothing less than the story of the British rock and pop scene of 1967: music made half-a-century ago that, as can be seen from the number of hitherto unknown recordings featured, is still slowly revealing its secrets. As some righteously obscure band confidently promised during that epochal year, a splendid time is guaranteed for all…

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DISC ONE:

1. THE ALAN BOWN! - Toyland

2. THE ATTACK - Magic In The Air

3. THE TICKLE - Subway (Smokey Pokey World)

4. EPISODE SIX – I Can See Through You

5. DANTALIAN’S CHARIOT - The Madman Running Through The Fields

6. GERANIUM POND - Dogs In Baskets

7. THE SCOTS OF ST. JAMES - Eiderdown Clown

8. GEORGE ALEXANDER - Dear Delilah

9. THE SORROWS - Pink Purple Yellow And Red

10. THE MIRAGE – Lazy Man (alt version)

11. THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN - Give Him A Flower

12. TINTERN ABBEY - Tanya

13. FLEUR-DE-LYS - Prodigal Son

14. THE LOMAX ALLIANCE – See The People

15. MICKEY FINN – Time To Start Loving You

16. THE FINGERS - I Hear The Sun

17. CROCHETED DOUGHNUT RING - Nice

18. GOOD THING BRIGADE – My House Is Burning

19. THE MOTIVES - Ice Woman

20. LOUISE - Look At The Sun

21. NEO MAYA - I Won’t Hurt You

22. CLIFF WARD – Path Through The Forest

23. THE SPENCER DAVIS GROUP - Sanity Inspector

24. THE SUMMER SET - ‘Cos It’s Over

25. THE FADIN’ COLOURS – Try Me On For Size

26. THE SLENDER PLENTY - Silver Tree Top School For Boys

27. GUY DARRELL - Evil Woman



DISC TWO:

1. ELMER GANTRY’S VELVET OPERA -Flames

2. ONE IN A MILLION - Double Sight

3. PAUL & BARRY RYAN - Keep It Out Of Sight

4. THE PRETTY THINGS - Defecting Grey (extended version)

5. JOHN’S CHILDREN - Desdemona

6. THE DOVES – Smokeytime Springtime

7. JOHN WILLIAMS – Flowers In Your Hair

8. SWEET FEELING - All So Long Ago

9. RUPERT’S PEOPLE - Reflections Of Charles Brown

10. THE RIOT SQUAD featuring DAVID BOWIE - Toy Soldier

11. THE RATS - The Rise And Fall Of Bernie Gripplestone

12. CIRCUS – Something To Write About

13. DAVE DAVIES - Funny Face

14. THE BROOD - Village Green

15. TONY RIVERS & THE CASTAWAYS - Mr. Sun

16. THE PEEP SHOW – Your Servant, Stephen

17. THE UGLYS - And The Squire Blew His Horn

18. THE MOVE - Vote For Me

19. HUMAN INSTINCT – A Day In My Mind’s Mind

20. MURRAY HEAD – She Was Perfection

21. PETER & THE WOLVES - Little Girl Lost And Found

22. THE BUNCH - Spare A Shilling

23. BIG JIM SULLIVAN - Flower Power

24. PROCOL HARUM - Kaleidoscope (extended stereo mix)

25. THE SEARCHERS - Crazy Dreams

26. THE ARTWOODS - In The Deep End



DISC THREE:

1. OUR PLASTIC DREAM – Someone Turned The Light Out

2. HAT & TIE - Finding It Rough

3. THE FRESH WINDOWS – Fashion Conscious

4. THE GAME - The Addicted Man

5. FELIUS ANDROMEDA - Meditations

6. THE HONEYBUS - Delighted To See You (demo version)

7. ICE - So Many Times

8. THE FLOWER POT MEN - A Walk In The Sky

9. FIVE’S COMPANY – Friends And Mirrors

10. THE LATE - Family Tree

11. THE SECRETS – I Think I Need The Cash

12. SKIP BIFFERTY - Schizoid Revolution

13. THE PURPLE GANG – Granny Takes A Trip

14. THE PICADILLY LINE - Emily Small

15. THE OUTER LIMITS - Help Me Please

16. FOCAL POINT - ‘Cept Me

17. JADE HEXAGRAM – Great Shadowy Strange

18. THE TRUTH - Busker Bill

19. THE MOODY BLUES - Life’s Not Life

20. DON CRAINE’S NEW DOWNLINERS SECT - I Can’t Get Away From You

21. THE SYMBOLS - Again

22. THE HI-FI’S - Odd Man Out

23. THE MARMALADE - Laughing Man

24. T. J. ASSEMBLY - Ginger

25. THE 23rd TURN OFF - Michelangelo (demo version)

26. THE Q.P.R. SUPPORTERS – Supporters – Support Us

27. SANDS - Listen To The Sky

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