GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK.

GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK.

This year, more than any other, Record Store Day seemed to divide the opinion of record buyers. There were a number of reasons for this. 

Partly, it was because many veteran record buyers felt Record Store Day was being hijacked by the major labels. Their releases seemed to dominate the list of releases. This many record collectors felt, was against the spirit of Record Store Day. However, those that took a more pragmatic view, realised that the releases from the majors were amongst the richest pickings of Record Store Day 2016. That was if you could find them.

Every Record Store Day record buyers arrive at their local record store clutching a wish list. This year, many record buyers were left feeling disappointed. The releases they wanted were ‘unavailable’. One of the stock answers record buyers were given was “we didn’t get that one in.” That may be the case for some releases. 

The truth is, all too often, many records didn’t even make it onto the shelves of record stores. Some record stores put Record Store Day releases onto well known auction sites way before the 16th April 2016. Lots of new accounts sprung up on this auction site, and all they sold were Record Store Day releases. The prices of limited edition releases were sometimes twice or three times the original price. Despite this, the records sold. Other record shops sold copies of Record Store Day releases to favoured customers. These releases also made their way onto certain auction sites, and were sold well above the original price. These records sold, often to real music fans who had been fans of an artist or band for decades. However, not every Record Store Day release has proved profitable for the racketeers.

Many releases are selling for less than the original price on Record Store Day. The racketeers it seemed have had their fingers burnt. Especially since these sellers are being forced to cut their prices to move unwanted stock. Maybe next year the racketeers will think twice before hoovering up huge amounts of stock on Record Store Day 2017? Alas, that is highly unlikely. It will be a repeat of Record Store Day 2016, with record buyers struggling to find copies of certain releases. One of the most elusive release was Get Me Home For Tea-Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK, which was released as a limited edition of 2,000 by ORG Music on Record Store Day 2016.

Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The U.K. features twelve psychedelic and freakbeat tracks from the vaults of Parlophone. This includes Tomorrow, The Moles, The Idle Race, The Artwoods, The Brain, The Penny Peeps and The Game. These artists are just some of the artists that feature on Get Me Home For Tea-Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK. It you’ll realise, is a reminder of Britain’s psychedelic past.

Opening Get Me Home For Tea-Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK is Tomorrow’s 1967 single Revolution. Just like many British psychedelic bands, Tomorrow’s recording career was short-lived. It lasted just two years and amounted to a couple of singles and an album. Revolution, which was penned by Keith Hopkins, epitomises the psychedelic sound of 1967. It’s also a reaction to the political turmoil affecting the world during 1967. Tomorrow’s lysergic sounding single is a musical precursor to change, that’s been inspired by The Beatles and The Byrds. Alas the Revolution passed Britain by, and commercial success eluded Tomorrow.

The Moles will be a new name to all but the most knowledgeable fans of psychedelia. Their lineup featured Derek, Philip and Ray Shulman. However, The Moles played just a walk-on part in British psychedelia. They only ever released one single, We Are The Mole (Part 1). It was released in 1968, and was penned by The Moles. It’s melodic, rocky and trippy. There’s also a nod to The Beatles’ I Am The Walrus, in this lost psychedelic gem.

While many of the bands on Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK only ever released one or two singles,The Idle Race released three albums and nearly a dozen singles. This included The End Of The Road, which was released in 1968. On the flip-side was The Morning Sunshine which features on Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK. Both tracks were penned by former ELO frontman, Jeff Lynne and featured on The Idle Race’s 1968 debut album The Birthday Party. Already Jeff Lynne was a talented singer, songwriter and musician, who played an important part in the sound and success of The Birthday Party and songs like The Morning Sunshine.

By the time The Artwoods released In The Deep End as a single in 1967, they had been releasing singles on Decca since 1964. Signing to Parlophone was a new start for The Artwood. Their only release on Parlophone was In The Deep End, which was written by Paul Gump. Alas this slice of freakbeat psych passed record buyers by upon its release. Since then, it’s become a collector’s item and copies change hands for anything up to £400.

Although The Brain only ever released one single, Kick The Donkey which featured Nightmares in Red on the B-Side, the group played an important part in rock history. The Brain featured brothers Peter and Michael Giles, and Robert Fripp. They would go on to found King Crimson, one of the greatest progressive rock bands. Nightmares In Red finds The Brain fusing free jazz and psychedelia. The result is a truly groundbreaking track, that’s a cut above much of the psychedelia being released in 1967. 

Ipsissimus were a four piece band from Barnet, in North London. They only every released the one single, Hold On, which had previously been recorded by Sharon Tand. Hold On was penned by future King Crimson bassist Gordon Haskell, Howard Conder and Rod Lynton; while Jonathan Peel and Norman Smith took charge of production. The result was a slick, driving and sometimes funky slice of psychedelia. Sometimes, Ipsissimus bring to mind Cream, as they power their way through Hold On, which is one of the highlights of Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK.

Allen Pound’s Get Rich only ever released the one single, Searching In The Wilderness. It was written by Allen Pound, and was released in 1966. Searching In The Wilderness was a psychedelic ballad, that references The Who. Just like many of The Who’s singles, Searching In The Wilderness became a favourite amongst mods. Despite this, the single flopped and Allen Pound didn’t get rich.

Rainbow Ffolly’s discography amounts to just one single and one album. The album was Sallies Fforth, which was released in 1968, and featured Sun Sing. Its dreamy, lysergic sound seems to have been inspired by The Beatles, The Kinks and The Byrds. Sadly, Rainbow Ffolly didn’t enjoy a fraction of the success these bands enjoyed, and not long after the release of Sallies Fforth disbanded.

The Penny Peeps were formed by Denny Alexander, Malcolm Tomlinson and guitarist Martin Barre, who went on to join Jethro  Tull. That was in the future. In 1968, The Penny Peeps released two singles on Liberty. Little Man with a stick was The Penny Peeps’ debut. On the flip-side was the Denny Alexander composition Model Village. It’s a blistering slice if melodic psychedelia.

Between 1965 and 1967, The Chasers released singles for Decca, Parlophone and Phillips. By 1966, when The Chasers signed to Parlophone, they had been around since 1960. Still, they struggled to make a breakthrough. Signing to Parlophone was a new beginning. Or so it should have been. Alas,The Chasers’ only Parlophone single was Inspiration, a Barry Mason and Graham Bradley composition, which was released in 1966. Despite being an accomplished, rocky and stomping slice of psychedelia, Inspiration failed commercially. Nowadays, Inspiration is something of a rarity, and is much in demand among record collectors.

In 1968, July released their eponymous debut album on the Major Minor label. It featured two of their  best known songs, My Clown and Dandelion Seeds. However, one of the songs that’s often overlooked is Hallo To Me. It’s one of the trippiest tracks on Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK, and is welcome addition to the compilation. 

Closing Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK, is The Game’s Help Me Mummy’s Gone. It’s the B-Side to their 1967 single The Addicted Man. Help Me Mummy’s Gone is another slice of freakbeat, that became a favourite among mods in the late sixties. Nearly fifty years later, and it’s a track that’s stood the test of time, and shows that British groups were just capable of recording psychedelia as their American counterparts.

So that’s the story of Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK, which was and is, one of the most in-demand releases of Record Store Day 2016. Copies were and still are, like hen’s teeth. That’s no surprise. Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK was released as a limited edition of 2,000 by ORG Music on Record Store Day 2016. Each copy has been pressed on heavyweight blue swirl vinyl. This just adds to what is a quality compilation. It’s been carefully curated, and features twelve hidden gems from the vaults of Parlophone. Sadly, many fans of psychedelia and freakbeat weren’t able to find a copy of Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK. 

Instead, copies have been hoovered up by people who listed them on auction sites at twice the price. That sadly, is nothing new. Every Record Store Day, records are secreted away by people within record shops and their favoured customers. These releases find their way onto auction sites, way before Records Store. Sadly, hat was the case this year, and will be the case in 2017. This won’t change, unless those tasked with the running of Record Store Day. 

The should try and find the record shops that are selling releases before the release day, and disqualify them from future Record Store Days. While that would be difficult to do, it’s not impossible, Similarly, can the organisers of Record Store Day not ask auction sites not to allow listings of releases before Record Store Day? Alas it’s unlikely that auction sites would agree to this. Apart from random stock checks just before the doors open for Record Store Day, there’s no punishment for record shops who sell items early. There has to be.

After all, Record Store Day is the great cash cow that provides a much needed cash injection for record shops. Record Store Day has become the musical cash cow that keeps on giving. Maybe not for much longer? Many record buyers are fast losing interest in Record Store Day. They’re tired of third rate releases by independent labels, and releases by majors that are seen as nothing more than a hastily conceived cash-in. The best example is the David Bowie picture disc of The Man Who Fell To Earth. For many people, it epitomises everything that is wrong with Record Store Day. However, for those that are willing to dig deep, Record Store Day there’s still some lovingly curated releases, including Get Me Home For Tea: Rare Psychedelic Rock From The UK.

GET ME HOME FOR TEA-RARE PSYCHEDELIC ROCK FROM THE UK.

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2 Comments

  1. Looks fab. I’d have snapped it up (and Nuggets: Hallucinations too, which you reviewed recently) if I’d encountered it in the wild, despite having a sprinkling of the songs already on the Nuggets II 4CD set. Ah well.

    • Glad that you liked the review. It’s a a really good compilation, and one of my favourite RSD releases. Sadly,it’s quite hard to find copies. Many of the copies for sale, are going for twice or three times the original price. However, if you look online, you might grab a copy for a reasonable price.

      I don’t know what it’s like in Australia, but lot of the RSD releases have been reduced in price. Many people hoovered up multiple copies of albums. However, they’ve been unable to sell many of the albums.Their plan has backfired, and they’ve dropped their prices. Copies of albums released on heavyweight coloured vinyl can be found for very reasonable prices.

      I’ll be reviewing more RSD releases. I’ve a pile that I’m working my way through. I’m sure there’s a few that will interest you.

      Regards.
      Derek.

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