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Pretty much every record released during the psychedelic era by EMI’s various satellite labels was honed and buffed to opaque perfection by the studio technocrats who were working for the company.

That wasn’t the case, though, with Sallies Fforth, which appeared on the Parlophone label at the beginning of May 1968. Recorded by a quartet of ex-art students from High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, Sallies Fforth was a collection of quirky demo recordings that, without the band’s knowledge, found its way to the self-styled “greatest recording organisation in the world”. Fortunately the album transcended its unfinished, unvarnished nature by dint of a winning sense of humour, some charming harmonies and, most of all, a bunch of excellent, highly diverse songs.

More than half-a-century later, Sallies Fforth is now one of the most valuable artefacts of the British psychedelic era, original copies having sold on several occasions for in excess of a thousand pounds.

Although there have been previous reissues of the album, Spectromorphic Iridescence represents the Ffolly motherlode. Mono and stereo versions of the original album (once described by Record Collector magazine as “a psychedelic miasma of English pop whimsy, Beatles-inspired diversity and cracking good tunes”) are joined by a scarce non-LP B-side, a swathe of previously unheard late Sixties home and studio demos, local radio station jingles and recordings as well as a revamped, extended version of the band’s hitherto vinyl-only 2016 reunion album Ffollow Up.

Housed in a clamshell box with a twenty-page booklet that’s crammed with rare photos and a new 5000 word essay on the band, this lavish 3-CD package is the final word on the activities of a quartet of English eccentrics who viewed psychedelia through a mocking, slightly surrealist art school prism rather than as unblinking zealots.

DISC ONE: SALLIES FFORTH (STEREO)

1. SHE’S ALRIGHT
2. I’M SO HAPPY
3. MONTGOLFIER ’67
4. DRIVE MY CAR
5. GOODBYE
6. HEY YOU
7. SUN SING
8. SUN AND SAND
9. LABOUR EXCHANGE
10. THEY’M
11. NO
12. SIGHING GAME
13. COME ON GO BONUS TRACKS
14. DRIVE MY CAR (SINGLE MIX)
15. GO GIRL (B-SIDE)
16. SUN SING (EARLY FORCE FOUR DEMO)
17. COME ON GO (EARLY FORCE FOUR DEMO)
18. THE CONTINUING STORY OF BUNGALOW BILL

TRACKS 16-18 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DISC TWO: SALLIES FFORTH (MONO)

1. SHE’S ALRIGHT
2. I’M SO HAPPY
3. MONTGOLFIER ‘67
4. DRIVE MY CAR
5. GOODBYE
6. HEY YOU
7. SUN SING
8. SUN AND SAND)
9. LABOUR EXCHANGE
10. THEY’M
11. NO
12. SIGHING GAME
13. COME ON GO

BONUS TRACKS
14. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #1
15. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
16. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #2
17. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS 18. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #3
19. GIMME LITTLE SIGN
20. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #4
21. I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO
22. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #5
23. SABROSA
24. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #6
25. THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY
26. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #7
27. BONITA
28. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #8
29. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
30. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #9
31. SOMETHING ELSE
32. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #10
33. HOLD ME TIGHT
34. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #11
35. I’M SO HAPPY (PART)
36. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #12
37. SHE’S ALRIGHT
38. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #13

TRACKS 14-38 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DISC THREE: FFOLLOW UP!

1. SINGLE CELL AMOEBA
2. POSTCARD
3. MY LOVE HAS GONE
4. WHITE SWAN
5. CARS
6. SKY ANGELS
7. NOAH
8. SLOW DOWN ZONE
9. COUNTDOWN
10. SHOES
11. IS IT OVER
12. WOT DO THEY KNOW?
13. CRAZY WOMAN
14. ALL THAT WE HAVE LEFT
15. PARCEL OF PIGS
16. NONESUCH SWEETNESS
17. TOUR DE FFORCE
18. BATHERS OF THE LOST ARK

TRACKS 12-16 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

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DISC ONE: SALLIES FFORTH (STEREO)

1. SHE’S ALRIGHT
2. I’M SO HAPPY
3. MONTGOLFIER ’67
4. DRIVE MY CAR
5. GOODBYE
6. HEY YOU
7. SUN SING
8. SUN AND SAND
9. LABOUR EXCHANGE
10. THEY’M
11. NO
12. SIGHING GAME
13. COME ON GO BONUS TRACKS
14. DRIVE MY CAR (SINGLE MIX)
15. GO GIRL (B-SIDE)
16. SUN SING (EARLY FORCE FOUR DEMO)
17. COME ON GO (EARLY FORCE FOUR DEMO)
18. THE CONTINUING STORY OF BUNGALOW BILL

TRACKS 16-18 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DISC TWO: SALLIES FFORTH (MONO)

1. SHE’S ALRIGHT
2. I’M SO HAPPY
3. MONTGOLFIER ‘67
4. DRIVE MY CAR
5. GOODBYE
6. HEY YOU
7. SUN SING
8. SUN AND SAND)
9. LABOUR EXCHANGE
10. THEY’M
11. NO
12. SIGHING GAME
13. COME ON GO

BONUS TRACKS
14. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #1
15. SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE
16. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #2
17. LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS 18. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #3
19. GIMME LITTLE SIGN
20. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #4
21. I CAN’T LET MAGGIE GO
22. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #5
23. SABROSA
24. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #6
25. THE BELLS OF RHYMNEY
26. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #7
27. BONITA
28. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #8
29. I CAN HEAR THE GRASS GROW
30. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #9
31. SOMETHING ELSE
32. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #10
33. HOLD ME TIGHT
34. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #11
35. I’M SO HAPPY (PART)
36. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #12
37. SHE’S ALRIGHT
38. HOSPITAL RADIO JINGLE #13

TRACKS 14-38 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DISC THREE: FFOLLOW UP!

1. SINGLE CELL AMOEBA
2. POSTCARD
3. MY LOVE HAS GONE
4. WHITE SWAN
5. CARS
6. SKY ANGELS
7. NOAH
8. SLOW DOWN ZONE
9. COUNTDOWN
10. SHOES
11. IS IT OVER
12. WOT DO THEY KNOW?
13. CRAZY WOMAN
14. ALL THAT WE HAVE LEFT
15. PARCEL OF PIGS
16. NONESUCH SWEETNESS
17. TOUR DE FFORCE
18. BATHERS OF THE LOST ARK

TRACKS 12-16 ARE PREVIOUSLY UNISSUED

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