Monday, October 25, 2021

Various Artists - Circus Days. Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972. (@320)




 

Circus Days: Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972 Review by Steve Leggett.

This massive set brings together all six of the Circus Days collections, and taken as a whole like this, it’s about as much British late-'60s psych-pop as anyone outside of an insane asylum could possibly handle. One wonders what these musicians were putting in their tea. Opening with Clover's “Ice Cream Man” (the lyrics begin “Riding down the road like a giant toad in rubber boots” and then unravel from there), this set is part flower power, part circus clown act, and part tongue-in-cheek put-on (one hopes). It’s difficult to know whether to laugh, cry, or walk away quickly from tracks like Johnny Burton's “Polevault Man,” Dry Ice's “Running to the Convent,” the Fingers' “Circus with a Female Clown,” Scots of St. James' “Eiderdown Clown,” and the Majamood's “200 Million Red Ants,” and these are just a handful of the odd, silly, and bizarre sides presented here. Not everything baffles, of course -- the Mirage's version of the Beatles' “Tomorrow Never Knows” is actually pretty cool, for instance, but on the whole, the flowery mushroom lyrics of these cuts accumulate to possibly dangerous levels. That said, it’s also kind of fun hearing these extremely rare recordings, and it’s sort of like listening to a giant Monty Python soundtrack. It’s all in the head -- or the tea. Oh, and if the opening version of “Ice Cream Man” isn’t odd enough for the braver listeners out there, a second take (labeled the “psych” version) comes around later in the set.

 

Tracklist:

 

Disc: 1

 

1. Kidrock - Ice Cream Man 3:00

2. Los Brincos - Nobody Wants You Now 2:39

3. Rhubarb Rhubarb - Moneylender 2:39

4. Peter Cook & Dudley Moore - Bedazzled 2:26

5. Jackie Lomax - Honey Machine 2:25

6. Kidrock - Auntie Annie's Place 3:02

7. Head West - Someday 3:13

8. Waterloo [BE] - Why May I Not Know? 3:09

9. Johnny Burton - Polevault Man 2:35

10. Tandem - Shapes & Shadows 2:32

11. The Penny Peeps - I See The Morning 2:30

12. Jon Plum - Alice 3:38

13. Nick Garrie - Wheel Of Fortune 3:43

14. Dry Ice - Running To The Convent 2:26

15. Arzachel - Garden Of Earthly Delights 2:45

16. Vashti - I'd Like To Walk Around In Your Mind 2:16

17. Mystery Track #1 2:44

 

Disc: 2

 

1. Alex Harvey - Dance Of The Green Scarab 2:51

2. The Fruit Machine - Follow Me 2:52

3. Orange Peel - I Got No Time 2:47

4. The Smoke - Dreams Of Dreams 2:30

5. Nimrod - The Bird 3:07

6. The Fingers - Circus With A Female Clown 2:26

7. Blonde On Blonde - Castles In The Sky 3:30

8. The Wire Machine - The Doves 3:50

9. The Eggy - You're Still Mine 2:55

10. Blonde On Blonde - Circles 3:32

11. The Fruit Machine - I'm Alone Today 3:09

12. Alex Harvey - Asariah's Dance 3:15

13. Cirkus - Amsterdam 4:04

14. Tamara Koran & Perception - Veils Of Mourning Lace 2:25

15. Rhubarb Rhubarb - Rainmaker 2:40

16. The Wire Machine - Mind Fascination 4:49

17. Mystery Track #2 2:01

 

Disc: 3

 

1. Hat & Tie - Finding It Rough 2:50

2. The Actress - Good Job With Prospects 2:45

3. Shy Limbs - Reputation 3:34

4. The Churchills - Too Much In Love To Hear 2:24

5. The Lovin' - Do It Again 3:34

6. The Summer Set - It's A Dream 2:41

7. Thane Russal - Drop Everything And Run 2:15

8. The Mirage - Tomorrow Never Knows 2:35

9. Shy Limbs - Love 2:58

10. Earth - Resurrection City 3:00

11. Druid Chase - Take Me In Your Garden 2:57

12. The Mirage - And Life Goes On 2:16

13. The Mariane - You Had Better Change Your Evil Ways 3:09

14. The Fenmen - Rejected 2:14

15. The Living Daylights - Jane 2:05

16. The Mirage - My Door 2:36

17. The Medium - Edward Never Lies 2:30

18. Mystery Track #3 2:17

 

Disc: 4

 

1. Cat's Pyjamas - Virginia Water 2:55

2. Jerusalem - Kamakazi Moth 2:43

3. Kate - Shout It 2:37

4. Opus [NL] - Baby, Come On 4:54

5. Andromeda - Go Your Way 3:04

6. Bent Frame - Fairylights 3:13

7. The Answers - Tawny Wood 2:10

8. Juan & Junior - To Girls 3:16

9. Cardboard Orchestra - Yes I Heard A Little Bird 3:16

10. Broken Toys - Broken Toys 2:38

11. Shubert - Until The Rains Come 2:41

12. Temple Row - King & Queen 3:45

13. Jon Isherwood - Apple Pie 2:39

14. Peter & The Wolves - Little Girl Lost And Found 2:30

15. Peter Janes - Go Home Ulla 2:47

16. The Cortinas - Phoebe's Flower Shop 2:43

17. Tuesday's Children - She 2:51

18. Mystery Track #4 3:16

 

Disc: 5

 

1. Tomorrow's Thoughts - Night Is Like Day 2:30

2. Rainbows [UK] - Rainbows 3:23

3. The Katdz - Sand & Water 2:57

4. Kidrock - Ice Cream Man (Psych Version)3:15

5. The Secrets - I Think I Need The Cash 2:20

6. Threshold Of Pleasure - Rain, Rain, Rain 3:34

7. Peter & The Wolves - Lantern Light 2:47

8. David Copperfield Style - I've Been Wrong, I've Been Right 3:05

9. Jason Crest - Juliano The Bull 2:26

10. Blue Yoghurt - Lydia 2:43

11. Kidrock - Dream Dream Dream 2:26

12. The Sweetshop - Barefoot & Tiptoe 3:16

13. Dave Justin - You Outside 2:07

14. Cecil McCartney - Liquid Blue 3:38

15. Pattern People - Take A Walk In The Sun 2:19

16. The Elastic Band - Juice 2:39

17. Mystery Track #5 2:45

 

Disc: 6

 

1. The Scots Of St. James - Eiderdown Clown 2:18

2. Together - Memories Of Melinda 2:27

3. Sheridan & Price - Tracy Smith 2:06

4. The Cymbaline - Fire 2:39

5. Timothy Grass - Second Glance 3:22

6. Queen Flora's Recollections - Red Brick House 3:01

7. The Motivation - Little Man 2:58

8. Leze Majesty - Regency Gardens 3:10

9. Sparrow - Dream Song 2:48

10. Kate - Don't Make A Sound 2:48

11. The Idle Hands - Remember 4:12

12. Green Pavane - The Nymphs Of Untwalumi Wood 3:13

13. Amelia Smile - Father Good's Space Flight 2:54

14. The Factory - Red Chalk Hill 3:21

15. The Essence - Call Me A Friend 2:28

16. Peter & The Wolves - Smokey Wood Air 2:54

17. The Majamood - 200 Million Red Ants 2:33

18. Mystery Track #6 2:40

 

1-17/2/17/5-17 all listed as Mystery Tracks by Unknown Artist on the item track list.

5-3 actually by Katdz = Katz (6)

5-4 actually by Mike Y Toti ( Mike Kennedy & Toti (7) ) and titled "De Nata, Fresa Y De Lemon"

5-16 artists and song title are switched on track list

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