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MUSHROOM RECORDS was founded in London’s Chalk Farm district in 1970 by producer Vic Keary, an experienced industry veteran who’d spent most of the 1960s working as Maximum Sound Productions.

Over the course of three years, Mushroom issued a dizzying variety of records, embracing a broad range of music styles from Prog Rock (Second Hand, Chillum) to Singer-Songwriters (Simon Finn, Andreas Thomopoulos), Traditional Folk (Callinan-Flynn, The Liverpool Fishermen), Indian music (Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha, Nitai Dasgupta), avant garde jazz (Lol Coxhill) and world music (Les Flambeaux). And in Magic Carpet, Mushroom hosted a group who reflected most of the above genres on one album.

SPACED OUT is the first-ever compilation to tell the story of Mushroom from its roots in the psychedelic era and its evolution across the early 1970s. With a foreword and involvement from label boss Vic Keary, this double-CD set reveals how Mushroom epitomised the excitement and diversity of the progressive era.

While Disc 1 offers a cross-section of Mushroom’s eclectic output, the second CD dips back into Mushroom’s pre-history with an exhaustive mix of music overseen by Maximum Productions. From Swinging London tunes by Tuesday’s Children to Mod classics from The Attraction, Psychedelia from future Mushroom act Second Hand, as well as Felius Andromeda and Denis Couldry, funky soul from Mel Turner, several Femme Pop rarities (Angelina, The New Faces, The Carolines) and post-Mushroom curios from the likes of Andromeda, this is the ultimate tribute to this cult British label.

Artwork comes courtesy of noted designer Phil Smee, whose impressive collection of Mushroom Records ephemera is reproduced in the booklet. And the sleeve-notes by Grapefruit’s own David Wells finally tell the story of this hitherto undocumented chapter from the underground scene.

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DISC ONE:

1. FOLK PIECE IN KHARWA - Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha

2. EVIL WAYS - Les Flambeaux

3. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID - Second Hand

4. FORTUNE FOR THE FINDER - Callinan- Flynn

5. DANDELION BLUES - Jon Betmead

6. WHERE’S YOUR MASTER GONE? – Simon Finn

7. OR ALTERNATIVELY NINE – Lol Coxhill

8. LARK IN THE MORNING - Heather Adrian & John

9. FALSE EYELASHES - Andreas Thomopoulos

10. CHAM CHAM CHAM CHAM - Nitai Dasgupta

11. FUNERAL – Second Hand

12. WE ARE THE PEOPLE (THE ROAD TO DERRY TOWN) - Callinan-Flynn

13. REPORT TO THE SAD LADY - Andreas Thomopoulos

14. THE AULD TRIANGLE - Liverpool Fishermen

15. HIGH GERMANY – Mappa Tandi

16. LAND OF A THOUSAND DREAMS - Chillum

17. PUCKAREE – Urban Clearway

18. DON’T WAIT TILL THE MORNING - Gordon, Ellis & Steele

19. THE PHOENIX – Magic Carpet

20. TAKE TO THE SKIES – Second Hand

21. JERUSALEM – Simon Finn



DISC TWO:

1. PARTY LINE – The Attraction

2. SUMMER LEAVES ME WITH A SIGH - Tuesday’s Children

3. SHE’S THAT KIND OF WOMAN – John Williams

4. SEE SEE RIDER – Alexis Korner

5. JAMES IN THE BASEMENT – Denis Couldry

6. CHEADLE HEATH DELUSIONS - Felius Andromeda

7. THE WORLD WILL END YESTERDAY – Second Hand

8. RAINBOW CHASING - Andromeda

9. KNOCK ON WOOD – Oliver Bone

10. WISHING MY LIFE AWAY - Angelina

11. MY WAYS ARE SET – John Williams

12. A STRANGE LIGHT FROM THE EAST - Tuesday’s Children

13. LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME – The Carolines

14. JUNGLE HARLEM – Mel Turner

15. SHE’S A GIRL – The Attraction

16. TABOO MAN – Alexis Korner

17. RAMBLIN’ BOY – John Williams

18. AFTER THE STORM - Andromeda

19. I AM NEARLY THERE - Denis Couldry & The Next Collection

20. MEDITATIONS - Felius Andromeda

21. NEVER GONNA LOVE AGAIN – New Faces

22. CHASING SHADOWS – Mark Leeman Five

23. COME ON, BE MINE – The Cherokees

24. WHITE CHRISTMAS – Mel Turner

25. REALITY – Second Hand

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