Between 1980 and 1985 Britain was experiencing a bit of a psychedelic revival and Another Splash Of Colour expands on the original album A Splash Of Colour issued in’82 and highlights many of the bands of the Nu Psych scene from that era. All the tracks from the original album are present and correct and appear here on CD for the first time ever. If you weren’t privy to the scene then many of the names herein will be new to you…as some are to me. Mood Six, High Tide, Miles Over Matter, The Barracudas and The Times are all included.

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Many years ago I had the album “A Pretty Smart Way To Catch A Lobster” which was recorded live at the legendary Alice In Wonderland Club and this collection of tunes is pretty similar, though much more all-encompassing having a total of 64 tracks, but chart topping Doctor & The Medics are included here too. There’s also tracks from Nick Nicely, Icicle Works, Soft Boys, TV Personalities, Direct Hits as well as early releases from Creation Records.

There’s also tunes from some of the mod revival bands that later naturally evolved into a more psychedelic sound…even UK Subs and the Damned (under the name NAz Nomad And The Nightmares) had a bash at psychedelic tunes and they’re included here too.

These three CDs come in a clamshell box accompanied by a 9000 word sleeve note by Neil Turner (Ex NME) and is great value.

Musically it’s pretty much as you would expect from British psych and it obviously borrows pretty heavily from the late sixties. However, the tunes here all sound pretty fresh and are really accessible, erring more to the pop side of things than the heavier psych we saw on the I’m A Freak collection reviewed earlier this month; think jangly guitars and indie vocals that borrow from early Syd Barrett Pink Floyd.

There’s a good few unreleased tracks and, I’m very pleased to say there’s not a bad tune on Another Splash Of Colour. It’s the perfect summer soundtrack to lie back on the grass, close your eyes and let the sounds of a bygone era wash over you and take you away on a trip.
Highly recommended and even Michael Moorcock’s Deep Fix are represented…and this is a very good thing.

DISC 1

 

THE HIGH TIDE – Dancing In My Mind

MOOD SIX – Just Like A Dream

MILES OVER MATTER – Something’s Happening Here

ROBYN HITCHCOCK – It’s A Mystic Trip

THE BARRACUDAS – Watching The World Go By

NICK NICELY – 49 Cigars

THE TIMES – I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape

THE ATTRACTIONS – Slow Patience

THE EARWIGS – Keep Your Voice Down

CHARLIE HARPER – Night Of The Jackal

THE MARBLE STAIRCASE – The Long Weekend

BLUE ORCHIDS – Work

THE SILENCE – Love Letters

KNOX – Gigolo Aunt

THE CHICAYNES – Further Thoughts

THE VANDELLS – I See Everything

KIMBERLY REW – Stomping All Over The World

DELMONTES – Don’t Cry Your Tears

THE MONOCHROME SET – On The Thirteenth Day

FUTURE DAZE – Connect*

THE SOFT BOYS – Only The Stones Remain

FIRMAMENT & THE ELEMENTS – The Festival Of Frothy Muggament

THE VON TRAP FAMILY – No Reflexes

 

*previously unissued

DISC 2

 

NICK NICELY – Hilly Fields (1892)

THE HIGH TIDE – Electric Blue

THE THIRD EYE – Pass Myself

MILES OVER MATTER – Park My Car

SQUIRE – No Time Tomorrow

THE MARBLE STAIRCASE – Still Dreaming

THE BARRACUDAS – Inside Mind

DEEP FREEZE MICE – A Red Light For The Greens

PAUL ROLAND – Dr. Strange

MICHAEL MOORCOCK’S DEEP FIX – Brothel In Rosentrasse

CLEANERS FROM VENUS – Wivenhoe Bells II

SCARLET PARTY – 101 Dam-Nations

LE MAT – Waltz Of The Fool

THE DREAM FACTORY – The Haze*

THE LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – Waving At The Aeroplanes

MODEN ART – Fiction & Literature

THE JETSET – And We Dance On

THE HEARTBEATS – Forever

THE PRIMEVALS – Where Are You?

PURPLE HEARTS – Hazy Darkness…

PINK UMBRELLAS – Raspberry Rainbow

THE TV PERSONALITIES – The Dream Inspires (Live)

 

 

 

 

 

 

*previously unissued

 

DISC 3

 

THE REVOLVING PAINT DREAM – Flowers In The Sky

NAZ NOMAD & THE NIGHTMARES – I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)

JULIAN COPE – Sunspots

THE JASMINE MINKS – Mr. Magic

THE ICICLE WORKS – Nirvana

THE WAY OUT – Do I have To Be Here?

THE PRISONERS – Reaching My Head

PLAYN JAYN – In Your Eyes (Live)

THE DENTISTS –  Strawberries Are Growing In My Garden (And It’s Wintertime)

DOCTOR & THE MEDICS – Barbara Can’t Dance (Demo)*

BIFF BANG POW! – A Day Out With Jeremy Chester

MOOD SIX – Plastic Flowers (Psycho Version)

FREIGHT TRAIN – Man’s Laughter

THE ONLOOKERES – You Know Everything

DIRECT HITS – Doctor Ben*

THE GREEN TELESCOPE – Two By Two

MAGIC MUSHROOM BAND – Wild Eyed Electric

BRAINIAC FIVE – Endless River

CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – The 4 Marys Go Go Dance All Night At The Groovy Cellar

 

*previously unissued

 

 

Stuart Smith

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