Set the controls for the heart of the sun, UMC release the motherlode of all Psych vinyl comps: A Kaleidoscope Of Sound (Psychedelic and Freakbeat Masterpieces). Done beautifully of course, with 7 two-sided 7" singles housed in a splendid presentation box and limited to only 1,000 numbered copies. Compiler Phil Smee has unearthed some truly extraordinary and highly sought-after weird and wonderful recordings for this collection. Drawn from some of the great UK labels Decca, Polydor, Philips, Mercury, Deram and Fontana, we’re talking music of a kaleidoscopic quality - scorching guitars, feedback, magic mellotron, staccato drumming and some brilliantly deranged vocals. Delights that include The Fairytale Guess I Was Dreaming, The Wimple Winch Save My Soul, Tintern Abbey Beeside, The Longboatmen Take Her Any Time, the great Fleur-De-Lys with Mud In Your Eye and The Poets In Your Tower. Two tracks of particular interest are Birds Birds Say Those Magic Words and Caleb Your Phrasing Is Dead. Birds Birds is really mod legends The Birds - featuring one Ronnie Wood – on a 1966 single they cut for Robert Stigwood’s Reaction label. Caleb is Caleb Quaye and Baby Your Phrasing Is Dead his only single which, according to folklore, sold in single figures. Quaye had previously been in the band Bluesology with Reg Dwight aka Elton John. Rumour has it that the young Elton is playing keyboards on Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad making it a very significant entry in the history of UK psych. The A Kaleidoscope Of Sound box offers fantastic value for money. If you were to source and buy original copies of the 14 tracks in this collection, it would set you back in the region of £11,500. The most valuable 7” being Caleb’s Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad which now commands an asking price of £2,000 alone.
Label: UMC Universal EU / UK