Acme's 2006 release The Arrival of the Eyes is the first CD compilation of the Eyes work, rounding up all of their four singles (the first two of which, "When the Night Falls" and "The Immediate Pleasure," were combined as a 1966 EP also called The Arrival of the Eyes) the demos that were collected on the Scene but Not Heard EP as well as the album of Rolling Stones covers the band recorded under the name the Pupils; in addition, it also includes a promo for "Radio London" and a couple of alternate takes. It's the complete Eyes, in other words, accompanied by a booklet with a band history and replicas of various articles and press releases from the band's brief history in the mid-'60s. This disc confirms that the Eyes were among the greatest cult mod bands of their time, with a coiled power that recalls the Who at their peak. This, of course, is most apparent on "My Degeneration," a sly dig at the Who that functions as both satire and homage, but their first three singles all had the taut, stylish energy of the Who circa 1965, and the parallels come into even sharper relief with their cover of the Everly Brothers' "Man with Money" which is a dead-ringer for the Who's unreleased version from 1966; in fact, it could reasonably be argued that the Eyes have a tighter, harder take than the Who.
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....and as always...you need both!
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Like the fruit after it was named, Grapefruit's debut album was at times too sweet, but was on the whole a promising and worthy effort. Devoted almost wholly to songs written by leader George Alexander, the record featured tuneful, upbeat mid-tempo late-'60s British rock with good harmonies, creative ornate arrangements, and a very slight and very sunny psychedelic tinge.
First album and completely different to the second work Deep Water.Very good psychedelic sunshine pop. 5 stars out of 6.
Very good Power Pop album from Gary Ritchie in his own style. All is said in the review.
It seems that some people write their review of a FOW album after listening to a Swans record. (Don't misunderstand me, i like what M.Gira do). Whatever...
That's the fine double disc release by Edsel in 2001. Here's a lot of real nice poppy stuff and good ideas in songwriting and arrangement. If you are a fan of sixties psychedelic pop you should don't miss this double disc.
SB1 New link
This is a garage pop band i also like very much and this collection of odds and ends is a fine one imho. Hope you like it , too and i post it in both - mp3 and Flac.
Welcome to the machine!
The band was formed around 1977, when pub rockers Kursaal Flyers broke up. The drummer from the band, Will Birch, and vocalist/guitarist John Wicks, who had joined the Kursaals in the last stages, began writing together, inspired by the pure pop tradition of the Raspberries, Badfinger, and Big Star. By 1978, they had completed the group by adding bassist Phil Brown and guitarist Huw Gower. After a series of live gigs, they released their debut, "Starry Eyes," on the independent Record Company label in November of the same year. They received some valuable early exposure on the Stiff label's Be Stiff tour, which led to their signing with Virgin Records.
Here is the US album edition of Shades In Bed and Crashes from 1980 both in flac and mp3(Crashes reissue 2004 mp3).
A classic power pop band of the late '70, early '80. I always loved the band also of the guitar sound.
SB1 The Records (1979) mp3
Crashes (Reissue 2004) mp3
The Records (1979) Flac
Crashes (regular edition) Flac