"THE ELECTRIC LEMONADE ACID TEST Volume Three' (TP055)

Side One

  1. To Be With You - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
  2. Cherrywood Green - Just William
  3. Sadie & Her Magic Mr. Galahad - The New Generation
  4. Rain Rain - Carter/Keen/Shaw
  5. The Wall - The Fruit Machine
  6. In The Sky - Carter/Keen/Shaw
  7. She Won't See The Light - Timothy Blue
  8. The Devil Rides Out - Icarus
  9. I'm Alone Today - The Fruit Machine

Side Two

  1. Heartbreaker - The Baby
  2. Cuddly Toy - The Fruit Machine
  3. Reactions Of A Young Man - Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera
  4. Digger - The New Generation
  5. Baby Come Back To Me - Simon De Lacy
  6. Midsummer Dreaming - John Carter & Russ Alquist
  7. Hookey - The Eggy
  8. Hurdy Gurdy Man - Eartha Kitt

The Spark label gets the Tenth Planet late '60s psych anthology treatment, although contributions are also included from Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera (including the unreleased-at-the-time garage psych killer "To Be With You'), whose recordings were owned by Spark but appeared on the Direction label, and a couple of previously unreleased tracks from John Carter, including a magnificent dreamy psych version of "Rain Rain' (an inferior version by Threshold of Pleasure came out on Decca). Amongst the bona fide Spark singles featured are rare and highly sought-after gems from such names as the Fruit Machine, the New Generation, Just William (the toytown popsike nugget "Cherrywood Green'), Icarus, the Eggy, the Baby (the great "Heartbreaker'), Timothy Blue and Simon De Lacy. An insert details the Spark story as well as featuring band biographies, photos etc. 1000 numbered copies on 190gm vinyl.

 

"This latest volume in Tenth Planet's ongoing series investigating late 60s UK independent labels signals a return to form. Much more of a phyting phit pop-psych set as was Volume One (President) than the lightweight acid-folk material of Volume Two (Transatlantic), it presents us with a pallet comprising of the well known and the obscure. The usual attention to detail in the liner notes insert is present, making this a rounded, highly enjoyable period comp that delivers exactly what you would expect: a good balance of vocal dexterity and instrumental colour, all with a well motivated pop edge." (Shindig!)

"Wowzer! Chock full of groovy grooves! This is yet another must-have comp from Tenth Planet." (Sweet Floral Albion)

 

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