ONE IN A MILLION Double Sight: The Complete Recordings (WHCD018)

1. Double Sight

2. Fredereek Hernando

3. No Smokes

4. Man In Yellow

5. The Trial Of Elmer Fudd

6. Goin' Places

7. Something On Your Mind

8. We Don't Want Nobody Around

9. Lament In "A'

10. Hold On

11. Use Your Imagination

Featuring the precocious talents of fourteen-year-old guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish band One In A Million's genre-defining December 1967 single "Fredereek Hernando'/'Double Sight' is widely acknowledged to be one of the rarest and best British psychedelic singles. Naturally enough, that double-headed masterpiece is included on this complete anthology of the group's recordings, which also includes both sides of their highly regarded mod-pop debut single from January 1967 as well as a clutch of previously unreleased, Who-influenced demos and the aborted Summer-of-'67 single "No Smokes'. With hitherto unpublished photos, extensive liner notes and numerous quotes from lead singer and chief songwriter Alan Young, Double Sight is the final word on one of the most intriguing and obscure groups to emerge from the British psychedelic scene.

"Many reading this will be familiar with "Fredereek Hernando' and "Double Sight', and it is these sonic blitzkriegs that open the collection, and those who haven't experienced them before are in for a treat of the first order - being quite simply two of the most astonishing, effects ridden explosions of Who-flavoured homegrown psychedelic rock to emanate from the British underground. Half a dozen previously unheard numbers… are studio demos with little of the hundreds and thousands that decorated the cake of the MGM single, nonetheless they are for the most part stunning examples of sheer, unfermented UK psychedelia and further proof that a great psychedelic record wasn't necessarily defined by how good the engineer was behind the mixing desk. The outstanding "Man In Yellow' recalls John Entwistle's "Whisky Man' with multi layered vocals and a hint of John's Children's "Jagged Time Lapse' to create a seminal '67 period piece, whilst "The Trial Of Elmer Fudd' is decidedly odd with a spoken interlude providing a brief respite from chopping guitar and crashing cymbals. "Goin' Places' is a more orthodox rocker with guitar wizard Jimmy McCulloch in particularly fine form, then "Something On Your Mind' lightens the place a little, with eastern-styled guitar frills… The sound quality is excellent throughout - the MGM 45 has never sounded better and the acetates sound fresh, sharp and virtually crackle-free. With band pics, gig ads and other assorted memorabilia (including label illustrations of those precious acetates), together with the typically thorough booklet notes, Double Sight - The Complete Recordings is a must-have for Britpsych fans and is highly unlikely to disappoint the faithful." (Shindig!)

"One In A Million were a Scottish mod/blues band who turned psych sometime in 1967. They featured precocious guitarist Jimmy McCulloch (14 years old, looks nine in the photos) and released second single, the ambitious 'Fredereek Hernando', on MGM that December. Their famous rarity's B-side provides the title for Double Sight: The Complete Recordings (Wooden Hill), which gathers their January '67 single for CBS and a bunch of acetates, including the unreleased putative third 45, 'No Smokes'. Good punchy stuff with street-level edge. 'Double Sight' itself sounds like The Jam, 10 years earlier." (Mojo)

"Chocolate Soup For Diabetics was the greatest ever UK psych comp - splintering tunes, ultimate quality control, maximum danger - and only one band got both sides of their forgotten drugged genius 45 included on Volume One. One In A Million lived up to their name, in that they boasted the curious psych-out gimmick of a 14-year-old guitarist called Jimmy McCulloch, along with the extreme-fire attack of that 1967 MGM single, 'Double Sight'/'Fredereek Hernando'. If they could've kept it up, they'd have been bigger than The Who. They didn't. They imploded. "One real weird-out is a group called One In A Million", Julian Cope said of Chocolate Soup in 1983. "Both their featured songs are The Jam if they hadn't 'Souled-Out'. Gruff Weller voice, identical Foxton harmonies, how I wished they'd gone in this direction." There are plenty of other sparks among the other nine tracks - a crunchy mod strut in 'Goin' Places'; the Troggs-ish pounder 'Something On Your Mind', a snippet of Peel - but Little Jimmy and the lads must still be most proud of that one insurmountable 45." (Record Collector)

"In recent years the Tenth Planet/Wooden Hill label has been synonymous with noteworthy reissues of English psychedelic beat music, invariably tastefully and imaginatively presented, which would otherwise have remained the province of those sinister purveyors of shoddy illegal merchandise with whom cognoscenti are depressingly familiar. And fuck my old boots if they haven't gone and done it again. What a pleasure it is to hear this wonderful compilation of the official releases and demos of Glasgow's One In A Million, one of the most sacred Chocolate Soup combos. It kicks off in some style with their momentous MGM 1967 45 'Fredereek Hernando' b/w 'Double Sight', which retains all its poisonous psychotropic potency and then some. Does anyone still have the cheek to proclaim that this historic recording "sounds like a psychedelic Jam"? Lazy journalism just doesn't cover that. What a great single. As if that wasn't enough, you get the sublimely paranoiac 'No Smokes' (the planned "Summer of Love" 45 which some may have encountered on various releases of dubious origin), several fascinating demos such as 'Man in Yellow' and 'The Trial of Elmer Fudd' which, while owing their debt to The Who's halcyon 1966 period, have a unique charm and edge, both in the songwriting and playing, and both sides of their debut 'Use Your Imagination' b/w 'Hold On', which are more poppy but feature some agreeably crunchy fuzz-tone guitar in an Ian 'Tich' Amery style. This courtesy of the sadly departed Jimmy McCulloch, a mere babe in arms at the times of these recordings; see the liner photos and gawp. David Wells provides detailed, informative and entertaining sleevenotes, including reminiscences from lead singer Alan Young (whose soulful singing is yet another highlight of this release) adorned with the aforementioned photos of the wee lads in all their finery. Indeed, such is the overall quality of this release that I really can't be bothered to end this review with some witty remark, secure as I am in the knowledge that you've all stopped reading this review by now as you're off out to buy your own copy. Quite right too." (Ugly Things)

 

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