Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Episode Six- Love, Hate, Revenge (The Singles a & b's, rarities, demos, live recordings) Flac

Anyone arriving from another planet who saw this and the other various collections out on Episode Six could be forgiven for thinking that the band was a major part of the 1960s British rock & roll scene -- they could even be forgiven, after hearing a lot of the contents of this double-CD set, for again assuming that the band was a fixture on the charts, radio, and television. And even this reviewer is at a loss to explain how Episode Six never managed to chart a record, even in England, based on the contents of the first disc in this double-CD set, which contains their single A- and B-sides from 1964 through 1968.
But the fact is that they didn't, and that the raison d'etre for this and the other CDs of their work is explained in the big, violet-hued sticker on the jewel case that advises, "File Under 'Deep Purple'." This is all solidly commercial and eminently listenable British pop/rock of its era, and very nicely done, whether they were belatedly emulating a Merseybeat sound ("Put Yourself in My Place") or trying to sound like the Beach Boys ("Mighty Morris Ten" -- a sort of U.K. answer to "409"). The title track is a cool piece of psychedelic pop/rock, complete with a jangling fuzz tone-laden lead guitar part and exquisite choruses adjacent to Ian Gillan's lead vocals. Most of what's here has been out before somewhere else, but that doesn't make this fascinating for fans of the period of music in which this band worked, or devotees of Deep Purple's history -- everything here is at least as relevant (and perhaps easier to take on its own musical terms) as, say, Ritchie Blackmore's work with the British instrumental outfit the Outlaws or Jon Lord's work as part of Santa Barbara Machinehead; the fact is, this is the one precursor unit to Deep Purple that should have charted records in the middle/late '60s.
Disc two, designated "Rarities, Demos, and Live Recordings" is even better and more interesting, showing some of the rougher and more intriguing edges of their sound that got smoothed down in the process of completing their singles.
Certainly, no first-tier U.K. band of the time ranked below, say, the Hollies or the Move would feel defensive about anything on this disc, with the possible exception of the one digression here to harmony pop, "The Way You Look Tonight." (allmusic.com, Bruce Eder)

Hello folks, please don't be put off by the association with ''Deep Purple'' like i did it in the past. That was a big mistake by me. This band was a great ''British Invasion, Psychedelic/Garage, British Psychedelia'' band. This is a great collection of her work in the sixties. From garage beat to psychedelic pop further to a little more progressive style at the end of the band they had a lot of great songs.Surprisingly they sound in some songs very american influenced (Love is a swinging thing, Steal your heart). Anyway this was a top notch sixties pop band. Enjoy it!

Frank     Flac

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