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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

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    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.

      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.

      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

      All formats come with a free Piccadilly Records EOY Sampler CD whilst stocks last.

      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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