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Format: CD
Sku: 216011058
UPC: 827010212229
UPC 14: 00827010212229
Release Date: 7/6/2010
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Round & Round - Skip Bifferty ~ Various Artists
2. There He Goes - J And B ~ Various Artists
3. Light, The ~ Various Artists
4. There is Music All Around Me - 1984 ~ Various Artists
5. Red Admiral ~ Various Artists
6. Image, The - Creation ~ Various Artists
7. Thus Spake Alice - Smoke/The Smoke ~ Various Artists
8. Ballad of Harvey Kaye, The - East of Eden ~ Various Artists
9. She's That Kind of Woman - John Williams ~ Various Artists
10. What Did We Miss? - Still Life ~ Various Artists
11. Searching For a Place To Hide - Orange Peel ~ Various Artists
12. City of Friends - Young Flowers ~ Various Artists
13. Another Time - Henri Shrifter ~ Various Artists
14. Lsd 25 Ou Les Metamorphoses De Margaret Steinway - 5 Gentlemen/S Gentlemen ~ Various Artists
15. Crudele - I Bisonti/Bruno Castiglia And I Bisonti/Bruno Castiglia ~ Various Artists
16. Kavind - John Deen & The Trakk/John Deen/The Trakk ~ Various Artists
17. Burning Up Years - Hard Meat ~ Various Artists

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Ever since the Pebbles series introduced the concept of collector-oriented compilations of rare garage and psychedelic singles from the '60s, there's been a steady stream of LPs and CDs unearthing obscure tunes both remarkable and otherwise, and by this point, there are enough of these collections that, along with albums reissuing old singles, there are now albums devoted to reissuing albums of old singles. Case in point: Talking About the Good Times, Vol. 1 first surfaced in 2001 as a grey market CD-R collection of rare psychedelic singles from the U.K. and Europe, and the Past & Present has since given the set a silver disc reissue. While this album certainly offers us a few notably rare sides -- two so rare that they were sourced from acetate discs and the identity of the artists is not known -- for the most part, this is standard-issue psych stuff, most of which leans towards what would become prog rock rather than the "I Feel so Strange" school of acid casualty rock (which was more common in the United States). There are a few musicians included here who would go on to more lucrative careers down the line -- the J & B features Mick Jones, who went on to arena rock stardom with Foreigner, and Skip Bifferty's keyboard player, Mickey Gallagher, would go on to play alongside Peter Frampton, Ian Dury, and the Clash. While U.K. acts dominate the disc, it's the bands from elsewhere who offer the most exciting music, such as Denmark's the Young Flowers, Italian garage rocker Bruno Castiglia and 5 Gentlemen, from France. And while the two sides credited to "Unknown" may make seekers of rarities take notice, "The Light" is good but hardly exceptional, while "Red Admiral" sounds like a demo rather than a finished track, and not an especially compelling one. And the new liner notes written for the Past & Present edition are lamentable, often substituting self-promoting enthusiasm for info about the artists, and confusing the song "Creation" by the Image for a track by the considerably more famous (and interesting) band the Creation. Talking About the Good Times, Vol. 1 isn't without interest for fans of rare psych and acid pop, but there are plenty of hard-to-find compilations more deserving of another chance in the marketplace than this one. ~ Mark Deming

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/06/2010
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2010
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : PAPRCD2122
Music Label Name Label : Past & Present Records (UK)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827010212229

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