1966 tracks far too aggressive for 1966 UK but fortunately issued in 1969 just before the revamped line up issued very different tracks. The Cherry Red LP/CD is a wise buy for the unissued demos.
A side is a stomping psych garage track of incredible power to be a UK A side, must have terrified many! "An explosion from the Original Underground" says that ad with cute sun & kids cartoon, not so safe really...
B side is even more fist in your face about Hiroshima "I'm only 7 but I died.. I am dead" maybe a reminder to the Vietnam era?
This was recorded in 1966 but not released until February of 1969? That seems odd.
Maybe so and there were reasons for that mainly thanks to the band breaking up in early 1967, yet the striking thing is, even though it didn't come out till early 1969, it doesn't sound dated - could had been a new 1969 recording and nobody would had been none the wiser showing how ahead of their time this band actually were which was one of the things about them that excited John Peel.
Thanks on the Flipside. I presume I can take you to the sun despite a play on the Light programme and John Peel supporting it on Radio London it did not sell enough to convince Fontana to re issue the follow up. Also the band had effectively broken up after the release of the first single. Guitarist Glenn Ross Campbell returned to the UK with a version of The Misunderstood which raised a bit of interest enough possibly to convince Fontana to issue their other two 1966 recordings.
The Lyrics to I Unseen are shared with the Byrds version I come and stand by every door available on CSM 546 and attributed on their Fifth Dimension album to N. Hikmet. James Waters has been added to the credits on recent re issues.
Hi Auto_Da_Fe, thanks for the advice. To be honest I generally don't go for re-issues especially on a re-issue label. I'd rather get a CD version which I have of this on Nuggets II. Buying this compilation has saved me a few thousand £ I can tell you!
OB I was lucky I got mine before pysch went through its fashionable phase, but looking through the popsike prices £100 equals a stone mint copy, you could shop around I don't think its that rare in comparison the likes of The Craig. I believve there are several euro versions with sleeves?
Absolutely agree, one fantastic track. I haven't got a vinyl copy yet but have seen one for £100 which is very tempting ( if the wife allows me). Definitely in my top two most desirable freakbeats which I haven't got ( the other is 'I Must Be Mad' by Craig).
Quite simply one of the finest singles ever released. First time I heard it on John Peel's Top Gear programme was one of those life changing moments. A week later, I was blasting myself senseless with the sheer ferocity of the feedback crazed slide guitar. I played it to my kids when I felt they were old enough to appreciate it. My son thought it was "OK." My daughter gave me a look of concern and disappeared to listen to her Spice Girls CD.