Saturday, 21 January 2017

Tinkerbells Fairydust - Tinkerbells Fairydust (1965-1969) 2009 Flac

The name of the band and the naked nymph on the cover marshal an appetite for sounds far more psychedelic than you actually get on Tinkerbell's Fairydust's self-titled album (realized in test-pressing form only by Decca in 1969, though issued on CD in 1998). The leadoff cut, "Twenty Ten," is also deceptive -- it's pretty respectable, atmospheric late-'60s British psych with a slightly classical feel and some cool wah-wah guitar and distorted organ. But not only does nothing else on the album match it, not much on the album even sounds like the work of the same band. Covers of the Brooklyn Bridge's "The Worst That Could Happen," the Association's "Never My Love," and Spanky & Our Gang's "Lazy Day" are not only psychedelic, they're not very good, sounding like attempts to closely cover American hits for the British market. Other tracks sound like similar British equivalents to the Happenings and the Tokens -- not exactly among the more exciting American '60s bands to begin with -- but not even doing harmony pop/rock as well as those groups did. "In My Garden" is a half-decent track a step above their other sunshine pop-oid songs. Yet it's not nearly enough to save a record that lurches to a close with a note-for-note cover of the Yardbirds' blues-rock instrumental "Jeff's Boogie," indicating that the group might have had some trouble deciding what kind of stuff they wanted to imitate.


The name of this late-'60s British band might unwittingly lead some collectors to believe they were another in the hordes of dainty U.K. psychedelic pop groups. However, though a few of their tracks did indeed fall into that category, for the most part they recorded equivalents to American sunshine pop. In fact, they filled out their repertoire with some close, unimaginative covers of late-'60s, lightweight, U.S. harmony pop/rock hits. The group's more psychedelic offerings attract the most interest, although there weren't too many of those to choose from since the band only issued three singles. All of them appeared on Decca in 1967-69, the highlight being the 1968, 45 rpm "Twenty Ten," a nice minor-keyed piece of harmony-laden light psych, with soft wah-wah guitars and foggy organ. The B-side of their first single, "In My Magic Garden," was slightly more middle-of-the-road psychedelia-influenced harmony pop, and not bad.
In 1969, a self-titled Tinkerbells Fairydust album was assembled at Decca, and included four of the six songs that had appeared on their singles, as well as nine other tracks. Although this got as far as the test pressing stage, it never did get released.
It did get issued on CD in the late 1990s, and though it does include "Twenty Ten" and "In My Magic Garden," the majority of it's a disappointment, emphasizing light harmony pop-psych numbers that make them out to be the British equivalent of American groups such as the Happenings.(Richie Unterberger)

Anyway, here is a collection of pop songs from the mid sixties to the late sixties. And what we have is psychedelic pop, sunshine pop, a little baroque pop, british psychedelia. And here are a lot of real good songs for a good collection. What's missing is a little of an ''album feel''. That's right. But the record got a bunch of great songs and that's enough for me. Lol, you see i'm a BIG fan of that sixties sound !
Hope you enjoy the band and three cheers for Mr.Unterberger
Best regards
                  Frank
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