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Night Train: Transcontinental Landscapes 1968 - 2019

    From Dusk, through to Dawn. A collection to accompany the change of the fields, the coastline the colour of the sky outside your window as you take your journey. From the compiler of Music For The Stars comes the next collection for Brighton label Two-Piers. Featuring artists such as J.J Cale, Chris & Cosey, The B-52s, The Asphodells, Bob Lind, Linda Perhacs and The Menahan Steet Band.

    …This choice of tracks is just one journey, a celebration of the the beauty created by musicians, the space & sound, the dark & light.

    All aboard….The Night Train.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Edward Hollcraft – South Bound Amtrak 716
    A2. J.J. Cale – Cherry
    A3. Bonnie Dobson – Milk & Honey
    A4. H.P. Lovecraft – Spin Spin Spin
    A5. The Rationals – Glowin’
    A6. Linda Perhacs – Hey, Who Really Cares

    B1. B-52’s – Deep Sleep
    B2. Nine Circles – Twinkling Stars
    B3. The Asphodells – Another Lonely City
    B4. Tangerine Dream – Love On A Real Train

    C1. Chris & Cosey – Dancing Ghosts
    C2. Johnny Harris – Fragments Of Fear
    C3. Bill Frisell – 1968
    C4. Bob Lind – City Scenes

    D1. Tony Joe White – Rainy Night In Georgia
    D2. Menahan Street Band – There’s A New Day Coming
    D4. The Byrds – Goin’ Back
    D5. Earth, Wind & Fire – Drum Song
    D6. Leon Russell – Out In The Woods 

    Various Artists

    Music Against Misogyny

      Label Two-Piers announce new compilation Music Against Misogyny, released for International Women’s Day 2023 (Wednesday 8th March). This ‘Charity’ Compilation features artists such as Brix Smith, Panic Shack, Sinead O’Brien, Los Bitchos, Girl Ray, Peaness, Dream Wife, Nuha Ruby Ra, Lande Hekt, Dana Gavanski, CIEL, Momma, ARXX, and more. It has been created to raise awareness of the work and challenges women face daily as well as to celebrate women’s achievements. With this, they are working to challenge gender stereotypes and discrimination whilst fighting for inclusion and equality, not only in the music industry.

      Two-Piers have teamed up with Music Distributor ‘Republic of Music’ and ALL profits from the sales of this album will go to two charities that we believe do their utmost to help women from all backgrounds from domestic abuse to bereavement and homelessness - Brighton Women's Centre & RISE.

      RISE is an independent, Brighton-based registered charity that helps people affected by domestic abuse, who offer practical help ranging from direct advice to refuge accommodation for those whose lives are at risk.

      Brighton Women’s Centre have been supporting self-identifying women in Sussex for over 45 years. We help women from all backgrounds, facing all kinds of issues, to live happier lives. Women dealing with bereavement or trauma, women who have been through homelessness or the criminal justice system, survivors of abuse or discrimination – we’ve welcomed them all

      All the Artists and Bands on ‘Music Against Misogyny’ have given the use of their tracks for Free to help raise awareness and much needed funds for these two charities so support us by buying a copy!


      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl:
      SIDE 1
      A1. Nuha Ruby Ra – My Voice
      A2. Lande Hekt – Gay Space Cadets
      A3. Panic Shack – The Ick
      A4. Sinead O Brien – Like Culture
      A5. CIEL – Baby Don’t You Know
      A6. Brix Smith – Fast Net
      A7. Momma – Motorbike
      A8. Dream Wife - Leech
      SIDE 2
      B1. Los Bitchos – Las Panteras
      B2. Peaness – How I’m Feeling
      B3. Girl Ray – Everybody's Saying That?
      B4. ARXX Ft. Pillow Queens – Call Me Crazy
      B5. Roe – I Can Change
      B6. Ailbhe Reddy – Walk Away
      B7. Lexie Carroll – The Sky Looked Nice Today
      B8. Dana Gavanski – I Kiss The Night

      CD
      1. Nuha Ruby Ra – My Voice
      2. Lande Hekt – Gay Space Cadets
      3. Panic Shack – The Ick
      4. Sinead O Brien – Like Culture
      5. CIEL – Baby Don’t You Know
      6. Brix Smith – Fast Net
      7. Queen Cult – Better Believe It*
      8. Momma – Motorbike
      9. Dream Wife – Leech
      10. Los Bitchos – Las Panteras
      11. Peaness – How I’m Feeling
      12. Girl Ray – Everybody's Saying That?
      13. ARXX Ft. Pillow Queens – Call Me Crazy
      14. King Hannah – All Being Fine*
      15. KID 2 – The Loud Noise Of Your Spine*
      16. Anna B Savage – The Ghost*

      * These Tracks Are Exclusive To The CD

      Various Artists

      Wig Out! Freak Out! (Freakbeat & Mod Psychedelia Floorfillers 1964-1969)

        Wig Out! Freak Out!’, the latest compilation from Two-Piers, dives into the world of Freakbeat, Psych and Mod from 1964-1969. Pulling the cream of tracks from the UK & United States Freakbeat and Garage scenes of the time. Featuring tracks from The Sonics, The Kinks, The Action, Chocolate Watch Band, The Haunted, The Standells, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Shadows of Knight, The Yardbirds, The Seeds and more ‘Wig Out! Freak Out!’ is packed full of Freakbeat and Mod classics as well as rare sought after nuggets.

        Talking about ‘Wig Out! Freak Out!' Two-Piers compiler Mark McQuillan says "The album was inspired by my many happy DJ nights promoting my club night ‘Club Pod’ down in Brighton in the 1990s and my love of all things Sixties Freakbeat. I wanted to put as many great tracks as I could on one compilation to hopefully bring across the feeling of sheer joy from spinning these awesome tracks in a club and seeing the place go off. This compilation isn’t supposed to be a rare crate diggers album, but rather a gateway to give listeners a flavour of the scene and allow them to go off and discover new and brilliant hidden gems within the Freakbeat and Mod Psychedelia genre, and if ‘Wig Out! Freak Out!’ does that job done!"

        Aimed squarely at the Alternative & 60s Club Dancefloors ‘Wig Out! Freak Out!’ Kicks off with the fuzz guitars of The Sonics ’Shot Down’, The Standells epic ‘Dirty Water’, and lesser known gem '1-2-5’ by The Haunted, before taking you down a road of pure riotous Freakbeat joy with tracks by the likes of The Birds ‘You’re on My Mind', The Wimple Winch 'Save My Soul' and The Remains ‘Don’t Look Back’. Add the epic Freakbreat grooves of The Eyes ‘You’re Too Much’ and The Open Mind ‘Magic Potion’ an chuck in some brilliant covers by The Kinks, with their take on ‘Louie Louie, Paul Reeve & The Raiders sublime version of ‘I’m Not Your Stepping Stone, Girl group The Starlets garage cover of ‘You Don’t Love Me’, ‘Gloria’ reworked by The Shadows of Knight, and The Action covering ‘Land of 1000 Dances’ and making the track their own, and your feet can’t help but move. The compilation contains lesser known gems such as The Satans ‘Makin’ Deals’, Count Five ‘Double Decker Bus’, The Poets ‘Wooden Spoon’ and The Pirates ‘Cuttin’ Out’. It also takes a turn into Mod Psychedelic territory with the Hammond led grooves of The Quik ‘Berts Apple Crumble’, The Spencer Davis Group ‘I’m A Man’ and the glorious ‘Indian Rope Man’ by Julie Drsicoll, Brian Auger and The Trinity, before ending on the instrumental blues psych rock of Davie Allan & The Arrows ‘Blues Theme’ - a journey through the very best of Freakbeat and Mod Psychedelia at the peak of its powers 1964-1969.

        Two-Piers the label has brought to you such wonderful compilations as the Pop Psychédélique, Garage Psychédélique and Lounge Psychédélique compilation series introducing the listener to the worlds of French Psychedelic Pop, Garage Psych, and Lounge & Exotica Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, Waves of Distortion (The Best of Shoegaze 1990-2022) and Music for The Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979).


        STAFF COMMENTS

        Barry says: One look at that tracklist and you know you're in for a treat. Weird psychedelic mod grooves, fuzzy guitars and syncopated swagger, soaring airy numbers and scuzzy garage-adjacent stomp. As always, presented beautifully and perfectly compiled by Two-Piers.

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. The Sonics - Shot Down
        A2. The Standells - Dirty Water
        A3. The Haunted - 1-2-5
        A4. The Birds - You’re On My Mind
        A5. Paul Revere & The Raiders - I’m Not Your Stepping Stone
        A6. The Shadows Of Knight - Shake
        A7. The Starlets - You Don’t Love Me
        A8. The Wimple Winch - Save My Soul
        B1. The Action - Land Of 1000 Dances
        B2. Jacques Dutronc - Le Responsable
        B3. The Eyes - You’re Too Much
        B4. The Remains - Don’t Look Back
        B5. The Kinks - Louie Louie
        B6. Rita Chaos & The Quests - Hanky Panky
        B7. The Argyles - Farmer John
        B8. The Poets - Wooden Spoon
        C1. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - Shifting Sands
        C2. ? & The Mysterians - Up Side
        C3. The Third Bardo - I’m Five Years Ahead Of My Time
        C4. The Shadows Of Knight - Gloria **
        C5. The Chocolate Watch Band - Let’s Talk About Girls
        C6. The Open Mind - Magic Potion **
        C7. Count Five - Double-Decker Bus
        C8. The Satans - Makin’ Deals
        D1. The Quik - Berts Apple Crumble
        D2. The Spencer Davis Group - I’m A Man
        D3. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - Indian Rope Man
        D4. The Hi-Fis - Tread Softly For The Sleepers
        D5. The Yardbirds - Stroll On
        D6. The Pirates - Cuttin’ Out
        D7. The Seeds - Pushin’ Too Hard
        D8. Davie Allan & The Arrows - Blues Theme

        ** Exclusive Tracks For Vinyl

        The Boo Radleys

        Giant Steps - 30th Anniversary Edition

          The Boo Radleys reveal a vinyl reissue to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their nineties genre-hopping masterpiece “Giant Steps”.

          NME’s 1993 Album Of The Year, named in the Top 20 of Pitchfork’s The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time and lauded as one of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, The Boo Radleys’ classic album, Giant Steps is reissued, on special remastered vinyl almost 30 years to the day since its original release. The band’s genre-ambiguous and widely-acclaimed masterpiece will become available to fans old and new.

          Only the second of their five albums to be released on the legendary Creation Records, at a time when label mates including Slowdive, Teenage Fanclub and Ride were also casting long shadows across the indie landscape, pre-the Oasis hurricane making landfall at the label, Giant Steps broke into the canon of great, experimental rock albums soon after its release. It’s first single, Lazarus, issued as a standalone release in November 1992, its blend of brass and guitar-squall and acutely introspective lyrics, gave a hint of what was to come and remains lodged in the band’s most-loved and best-known songs. For the 2023 reissue, Lazarus’ 12” version appears on the all-formats track listing for the first time.

          Recorded at London’s Protocol Studios, where Carr and Brown took on self-production duties with support from engineer, Andy Wilkinson, The Boo Radleys set about responding to their shared sense of dissatisfaction with their 1992 album, Everything’s Alright Forever. Free to do as they please, they set about making a record of complete artistic freedom, bringing in reggae (Upon 9th And Fairchild), dance (Rodney King) and irresistible, warped indie pop (Barney And Me) influences into the studio and, without limitation, weaved them into the satisfyingly complex fabric of Giant Steps. Snapshot incidentals, intermissions and between-radio-station static intro/outros added to the sense of unrestrained exploration.

          Writing about the album, drummer, Cieka reflected on Giant Steps, stating: “Creation loved it, people's reactions seemed really positive. I do listen to it from time to time and still find great moments I’d forgotten about. I think it stands up pretty well today. I'm always left feeling happy to have been a part of the record.”

          "Wow, now THIS is what music can be!" – The Quietus on Giant Steps.
          “It deserved the accolades and praise heaped on its shoulders.” – The Line of Best Fit.
          “A masterwork...” – Pitchfork.


          TRACK LISTING

          A1 I Hang Suspended
          A2 Upon 9th & Fairchild
          A3 Wish I Was Skinny
          A4 Leaves And Sand
          B1 Butterfly McQueen
          B2 Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce)
          B3 Thinking Of Ways
          B4 Barney (…and Me)
          C1 Spun Around
          C2 If You Want It, Take It
          C3 Best Lose The Fear
          C4 Take The Time Around
          C5 Lazurus
          D1 One Is For
          D2 Run My Way Runway
          D3 I’ve Lost The Reason
          D4 The White Noise Revisited

          CD BONUS TRACKS
          18 Lazarus (Saint Etienne Remix)
          19 Rodney King (Saint Etienne Remix)
          20 Peachy Keen

          Various Artists

          Lounge Psychédélique (The Best Of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022)

            ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ takes you on a journey into the world of Lounge, Exotica and Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, from its early days in the 1950s and 1960s to the current crop of artists championing the Lounge & Exotica sounds today. Compiled by Spencer Hickman & Mark McQuillan for Two-Piers

            ‘Lounge Psychédélique (The Best of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022)’ is the third instalment in the Psychédélique Compilation series on Two-Piers, following the critically acclaimed ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’ and ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’.

            ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ brings together the sounds of Easy Listening, Soundtrack Instrumentals, Exotica, Jazz, Psychedelic, and Space Age sounds all under the umbrella of Lounge Music. The compilation includes legends of the Lounge and Exotica scene, such as Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Mel Tormé, Herb Alpert, and Les Baxter, alongside legendary composers Hugo Montenegro, Lalo Schifrin, Michael Giacchino. Add some Lounge Jazz from Cal Tjader and the Latin Bossa Nova of Quincy Jones. Then throw in some beautiful oddities from Leonard Nimoy, Pizzicato Five and Mort Garson. Next, mix in some Lounge-Mod moments from Dave Pike and Jack Trombey, KPM library classics from Alan Hawkshaw and Keith Mansfield, and finish with some brilliant modern-day exponents of the Exotica sound Los Bitchos, Ixtaheule and the Percussive Funk Moog party sounds of The Bongolian. The result is a fun and crazy ride through the world of Lounge Music which will bring a smile to your face and a spring to your step. So raise a cocktail glass to ‘Lounge Psychédélique (The Best of Lounge & Exotica 1954-2022) – a sheer joy from start to finish!

            ‘Lounge Psychédélique’ isn’t meant to be a ‘crate diggers’ album or a compilation of obscure, hard-to-find tracks to outdo your mates. Instead, it is intended to celebrate the Lounge scene and, hopefully, the perfect introduction to this fantastic and beautiful music for any newcomers out there. So let your journey into Lounge and Exotica begin here….


            STAFF COMMENTS

            Darryl says: Delving into the world of Lounge, Exotica and Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, these cuts are the creme de la creme of the scene. Featuring legends like Martin Denny, Yma Sumac, Les Baxter, Mort Garson, Alan Hawkshaw, Leonard Nimoy, Pizzicato Five, and Keith Mansfield, there’s plenty of delights to raise a cocktail glass to!

            TRACK LISTING

            Vinyl Tracklist:
            A1. Leonard Nimoy – Music To Watch Space Girls By
            A2. Martin Denny – The Enchanted Isle
            A3. Yma Sumac – Gopher
            A4. The Bongolian – B-Boy Toga Party
            A5. Los Bitchos – The Link Is About To Die
            A6. Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – The Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)
            A7. Michael Giacchino & Nouvelle Modernica Orchestra – Sidereal Day: 3 (Instrumental)
            B1. Mel Tormé – Sunshine Superman
            B2. Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Mais Que Nada
            B3. Lalo Schifrin – Lalo’s Bossa Nova
            B4. Quincy Jones – Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval)
            B5. Les Baxter & 101 Strings Orchestra – Tropicando
            B6. Pizzicato Five - ǚ

            Various Artists

            Waves Of Distortion (The Best Of Shoegaze 1990-2022)

              Two-Piers, the label that brought you ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’, ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’ and ‘Music for the Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979)’ bring you ‘Waves of Distortion (The Best of Shoegaze 1990-2022), a magical journey through the history of the Shoegaze scene from its inception to the current exponents on the scene championing the sound. A perfect introduction to all that is glorious and great about ‘Shoegaze’, and if it takes the listener down a rabbit warren to discover more then job done

              ‘Waves of Distortion’ brings in some of the OG (original ’gazer) classics – Ride’s peerless ‘Vapour Trail’, Lush’s ‘Sweetness and Light’ from 1990 and Chapterhouse’s ‘Pearl’ from 1991. They are all incredible and timeless tunes. Then there are some others that were never really a part of that other great music press construct, The Scene That Celebrates Itself, in the case of The Telescopes and their fantastic 1991 single ‘Flying’, and Spirea X’s ‘Chlorine Dream’ from the same year – both are indicative of the post-rave psychedelia that coloured everything at the time and fit perfectly within the Shoegaze scene at the time.

              Once we get to 1992, there’s a bit of a gap in the chronology as shoegaze was all too hastily dismissed in the country that birthed it, ignored in favour of grunge and then Britpop, the feedback fading away along with the bands that made it. But something amazing happened. when the s-word was used elsewhere in the world, rather than having negative connotations, it was merely a descriptive term. So, the flame was kept burning in the most unlikely places, waiting for everyone else to catch up once again. It’s no surprise, then, that there are bands on this compilation from America (Ringo Deathstarr, Beach House), Australia (Lowtide, Flyying Colours), Sweden (Echo Ladies) and everywhere in between.

              Since the turn of the century, successive generations have returned to the sound, taking it to new and exciting places. Thanks to the internet and streaming and listening to music without context the echo got louder and louder. The original scene may have morphed into a myriad of things, from acoustic Americana to ambient techno and post-rock (as evidenced by Mogwai, who appear here with ‘Kids Will Be Skeletons’), but it was only a matter of time before things came full circle. However it was Slowdive’s reunion six years later that finally made people sit up and take notice. There were scores to settle, too. The backlash Slowdive had faced the first time around went beyond mere music criticism into outright hatred. Their return and self-titled album from 2017 somehow managed to be their best yet and one of the finest examples of the genre to date. It brought in yet another generation of fans – the likes of bdrmm and Horsegirl, both included here, weren’t even born when Slowdive first existed, they were discovering them anew.

              So, it’s fitting that this compilation begins with ‘Slowdive’s opener, ‘Slomo’. Neil Halstead and Christian Savill’s chiming guitars seemingly awakening from a 22-year slumber as the song gradually comes into focus. This was more than just a rebirth; it was a reaffirmation that this hard to define genre is here to stay.

              And that is why we are here now, all these years later, listening to a compilation that joins the dots between all of this stuff, from the beginning to the present day. The beautiful noise that has soundtracked the past 30 years and will continue to do so for many more. 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Liam says: This comp looks like it's raided my iPod classic circa 2017, full to the brim of absolute shoegaze classics and hidden gems. With cuts from shoegaze forefathers Slowdive and Ride, to more contemporary additions from the likes of DIIV and bdrmm, this is a must have for shoegaze veterans and newcomers alike! Mega, MEGA stuff!!!

              TRACK LISTING

              2LP Vinyl:
              A1) Slowdive – Slomo
              A2) Chapterhouse – Pearl
              A3) Ride – Vapour Trail
              A4) Blind Mr Jones – Henna And Swayed
              A5) The Telescopes – Flying
              B1) Lush – Sweetness And Light
              B2) Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
              B3) Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
              B4) Pale Saints – Sight Of You
              B5) Lowtide – Alibi
              B6) Ringo Deathstarr – Kaleidoscope
              C1) Horsegirl – Billy
              C2) Air Formation – Daylight Storms
              C3) DIIV – Taker
              C4) Bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate
              C5) Flyying Colours – Long Holiday
              C6) Echo Ladies – Overrated – Robin Guthrie Version
              D1) Beach House – Lazuli
              D2) Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
              D3) Fleeting Joys – Go And Come Back
              D4) Ultra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat
              D5) Galaxie 500 – Ceremony

              2CD:
              CD1
              1) Slowdive – Slomo
              2) Chapterhouse – Pearl
              3) Ride – Vapour Trail
              4) Blind Mr Jones – Henna And Swayed
              5) The Telescopes – Flying
              6) Lush – Sweetness And Light
              7) Spirea X – Chlorine Dream
              8) Kitchens Of Distinction – The 3rd Time We Opened The Capsule
              9) Pale Saints – Sight Of You
              10) A.R.Kane – Lollita **
              11) Airiel – In Your Room **
              12) Lowtide – Alibi
              CD2
              1) Ringo Deathstarr – Kaleidoscope
              2) Horsegirl – Billy
              3) Air Formation – Daylight Storms
              4) DIIV – Taker
              5) Bdrmm – A Reason To Celebrate
              6) Flyying Colours – Long Holiday
              7) Echo Ladies – Overrated – Robin Guthrie Version
              8) The Daysleepers – Flood In Heaven **
              9) Astrobite – Crasher **
              10) Beach House – Lazuli
              11) Mogwai – Kids Will Be Skeletons
              12) Fleeting Joys – Go And Come Back
              13) Ultra Vivid Scene – Mercy Seat
              14) Galaxie 500 – Ceremony

              ** Exclusive Tracks To CD Format

              Various Artists

              Garage Psychédélique (The Best Of Garage Psych And Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)

                Two-Piers, the label that brought you ‘Pop Psychédélique (The Best of French Psychedelic Pop 1964-2019)’ bring you the second instalment in the series ‘Garage Psychédélique (The Best of Garage Psych and Pzyk Rock 1965-2019)’. A thrill a minute dive into the crazy awesome world of Garage Psychedelic Rock.

                From the Psych sound explosion onto the Underground club scene in the US and UK in the mid 1960s, its discovery by a wider audience via the exceptional Nuggets and Pebbles compilation series in the 1970-1980s. Through its mainstream revival with the Garage sound of the late 1990- early 2000s, to the current crop of exceptional bands flying the Garage Psych flag today, ‘Garage Psychédélique’ takes you on a journey and gives you a little taste of some of the finest music from the scene and the bands that blazed a trail for others to follow…..Sit back and enjoy the ride!

                From the opening bars of The Sonics ‘Have love Will Travel’ through the Psych workout that is Count Five’s ‘Psychotic Reaction’ to the joys of 60s Beat Psych groups from the US such as The Paragons, The Preachers, The Strangeloves, The Squires, and the eccentric stylings of The Monks. The album careers along at a blistering pace of Garage Psych brilliance, jammed packed full of Underground floor fillers a plenty.

                US legendary underground acts such as The Electric Prunes, The Chocolate Watch Band and MC5 all deliver classic tracks for the cause, and singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson even makes a foray into the psych rock sound with ‘Jump into the Fire’.

                In recent years such bands as Thee Oh Sees, Moon Duo and Allah-Las from the US have taken the Garage Psych influence and 60s sound and made it their own. A whole crop of bands such as White Hills, Gnod and Goat from the scene have evolved the music into a heavier ‘Pyzk Rock’ feel with a darker and heavier vibe, but crucially still with the joyous undertones that the scene brings to its devotees.

                The Garage Psych sound has influenced groups from around the globe with bands like Liverpool’s The Stairs ‘Weed Bus’, Scotland’s finest The Poets with ‘That’s the Way It’s Gotta Be’, The Bogeymen, a largely undiscovered 90s Psych Hammond band from France with ‘Electrocution’. Hailing from Sweden Goat bring us ‘Gathering of Ancient Tribes’ and The Hives their dancefloor anthem ‘Main Offender’. From Perth, Australia Pond’s Psych leanings on ‘Fantastic Explosion of Time’ are clear to see. Finally, Kevin Parker’s band Tame Impala were very influenced by the whole garage psych sound in their early band incarnation, as perfectly showcased here on the epic wig out that is ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ that closes the album.

                This isn’t meant to be a ‘crate diggers’ album or a compilation of ‘obscure hard to find tracks’ to out-do your mates. It is quite simply a celebration of the Garage Psychédélique scene and a chance to revel in its brilliance and dance around your kitchen. If it means you go down a rabbit warren of discovery to unearth more gems and brilliant bands from the Garage Psych scene then job done! 


                TRACK LISTING

                2LP Vinyl Tracklist:
                A1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
                A2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
                A3) The Paragons - Abba
                A4) Kim Fowley - The Trip
                A5) The Preachers - Who Do You Love **
                A6) The Strangeloves - Night Time
                A7) The Monks - Oh, How To Do Now
                A8) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
                B1) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
                B2) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
                B3) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
                B4) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
                B5) The Squires - Going All The Way
                B6) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
                B7) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
                B8) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
                C1) The Stairs - Weed Bus
                C2) The Hives - Main Offender
                C3) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
                C4) Novella - Somethings Must Change
                C5) Thee Oh Sees - Web
                C6) Allah-Las - Catamaran
                D1) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
                D2) White Hills, Gnod - Run-a-Round **
                D3) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
                D4) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
                (** Exclusive To Vinyl)

                CD Tracklist:
                1) The Sonics - Have Love Will Travel
                2) Count Five - Psychotic Reaction
                3) The Paragons - Abba
                4) Kim Fowler - The Trip
                5) The Strangeloves - Night Time
                6) The Monks - Oh, How We Do Now
                7) The Bogeymen - Electrocution
                8) Harry Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Single Version)
                9) The Eyes - When The Night Falls
                10) 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)
                11) The Poets - That’s The Way It’s Gotta Be
                12) The Squires - Going All The Way
                13) The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
                14) The Chocolate Watch Band - I’m Not Like Everybody Else
                15) MC5 - Gotta Keep Movin’
                16) The Stairs - Weed Bus
                17) The Hives - Main Offender
                18) Pond - Fantastic Explosion Of Time
                19) Novella - Somethings Must Change
                20) Thee Oh Sees - Web
                21) Allah-Las - Catamaran
                22) Moon Duo - Eye 2 Eye
                23) Goat - Gathering Of Ancient Tribes
                24) Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine

                Various Artists

                Music For The Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979)

                  "Music For The Stars is a collection of songs that may lend themselves to the end of the night in headphones, for me it’s an Ode to Horsenden Hill in West London, where we used to gather of an evening with the compilation tapes we had made introducing each other to new songs which we found; songs some of which would remain with us forever, we would sit there till late overlooking the West End’s City Lights but could lay back and watch the stars." - Ruben Windflower

                  From the Two-Piers label that brought you the acclaimed ‘Pop Psychédeliqué (The Best of French Pop 1964-2019) comes new compilation ‘Music for the Stars (Celestial Music 1960-1979), a collection of laid back, late night songs perfect for lying back, losing yourself in the moment and just staring at the stars. Includes tracks from legends such as Willie Nelson, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Nina Simone, the English folk sound of Bill Fay and Kevin Ayres, the tortured genius of Tim Buckley, from the 60’s West Coast scene The Electric Prunes, to the sonic sounds of Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band, and the soulful beauty of Shuggie Otis.

                  From the beginning of the evening with Alexander “Skip” Spence, until later that night when Willie Nelson may end a tape and it’s time to walk home - sit back and lose yourselves in Music for The Stars.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Laura says: As we drift from Summer to Autumn, and the nights draw in, this compilation provides a perfect soundtrack. Pour yourself a glass of something nice and lie back and watch the stars....

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1. Alexander 'Skip' Spence - Broken Heart
                  A2. Fred Neil - I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)
                  A3. John Fahey - Jesus Is A Dying Bedmaker
                  A4. Bert Jansch - Poison
                  B1. Roedelius - Balsam
                  B2. Shuggie Otis - Jennie Lee
                  B3. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Observatory Crest
                  B4. Kevin Ayres - May I?
                  B5. The Electric Prunes - Holy Are You
                  C1. Eden Ahbez - Edens Island
                  C2. Nina Simone - Come Ye
                  C3. Damon - The Night
                  C4. Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes - Sais (Egypt)
                  D1. Kathy Smith – It’s Taking So Long
                  D2. Tim Buckley - Buzzin' Fly
                  D3. Bill Fay - I Hear You Calling
                  D4. Gene Clark - With Tomorrow
                  D5.Willie Nelson - Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain

                  Hallo my British chums and welcome to another edition of the Piccadilly Records Compilation Of The Year. 2021’s top of the pops takes us on a cheeky trip through the Chunnel to the land of du pain, du vin, du Boursin for a sprawling set of yé-yé, 60s psych pop and contemporary grooves from a who’s who of France’s chic elite. Compiled with affection and expertise by Mark McQuillan for Brighton’s Two Piers, Pop Psychédélique fully embodies the sultry, sexy and surreal sound of French music.

                  Born out of a love affair with jazz and an infatuation with the British Invasion, French pop music quickly cut its own niche in the musical landscape of the sixties. Typified by hip-shaking rhythms, fuzzbox guitars and spoke-sung vocals, yé-yé was referential but never reverential, a point proven when Jacqueline Taieb shreds pop culture on “7 AM”. Elsewhere lost love and lost toothbrushes are given equal weight as the profound and profane are dispatched with the shrugging indifference of a Pastis-soaked Gainsbourg (who’s predictably all over this collection, both as artist or songwriter).

                  This signature style has come to define French music, and echoes through the ages thanks to L’Epee, the Limiñanas, Air and Stereolab, four globe-conquering acts who are a testament to the enduring appeal of the Gallic sound. Indeed a handful of older cuts here have also found streaming fame with a new generation via soundtrack appearances on the likes of Killing Eve and Queen’s Gambit, with producers eager to exploit these shorthands for cool.

                  The set sails into the sunset via Fatboy Slim’s remix of Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier’s “Psyche Rock” and the final jigsaw piece falls into place. Not only does this collection pay homage to France, but also McQuillan’s native Brighton, where the Big Beat pioneers championed records like Jean-Jacques Perrey’s “E.V.A.” while reshaping Britain’s club culture. C’est magnifique!


                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1 Contact - Brigitte Bardot
                  A2 Tut Tut Tut Tut - Gillian Hills
                  A3 Laisse Tomber Les Filles - France Gall
                  A4 7AM - Jacqueline Taieb
                  A5 I’m Gonna Haunt You - Fabienne DelSol
                  A6 Si Tu Reviens Chez Moi - Les 5 Gentlemen
                  B1 Roller Girl - Comedie Musicale ‘Anna’ - Anna Karina
                  B2 Migas 2000 - The Liminanas
                  B3 Dreams - L’Epee
                  B4 Les Cornichons - Nino Ferrer
                  B5 Harley Davidson - Brigitte Bardot
                  B6 Poupee De Cire Poupée De Son - France Gall
                  C1 Une Filles C’est Fait Pour Faire L’amour - Charlotte Leslie
                  C2 La Fille A La Moto - Dani
                  C3 Tu Fais Partie Du Passe - Zouzou
                  C4 Requiem Pour Un C… - BOF “Le Pacha” - Serge Gainsbourg
                  C5 E.V.A - Jean-Jacques Perrey
                  D1 Cybele’s Reverie - Stereolab
                  D2 Don’t Be Light - Air
                  D3 Psyche Rock (Malpaso Mix By Fatboy Slim) - Pierre Henry 


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