V.A. / SPACED OUT - STORY OF MUSHROOM RECORDS (2CD)

V.A. / SPACED OUT - STORY OF MUSHROOM RECORDS (2CD)

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MUSHROOM RECORDS was founded in London’s Chalk Farm district in 1970 by producer Vic Keary, an experienced industry veteran who’d spent most of the 1960s working as Maximum Sound Productions.

Over the course of three years, Mushroom issued a dizzying variety of records, embracing a broad range of music styles from Prog Rock (Second Hand, Chillum) to Singer-Songwriters (Simon Finn, Andreas Thomopoulos), Traditional Folk (Callinan-Flynn, The Liverpool Fishermen), Indian music (Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha, Nitai Dasgupta), avant garde jazz (Lol Coxhill) and world music (Les Flambeaux). And in Magic Carpet, Mushroom hosted a group who reflected most of the above genres on one album.

SPACED OUT is the first-ever compilation to tell the story of Mushroom from its roots in the psychedelic era and its evolution across the early 1970s. With a foreword and involvement from label boss Vic Keary, this double-CD set reveals how Mushroom epitomised the excitement and diversity of the progressive era.

While Disc 1 offers a cross-section of Mushroom’s eclectic output, the second CD dips back into Mushroom’s pre-history with an exhaustive mix of music overseen by Maximum Productions. From Swinging London tunes by Tuesday’s Children to Mod classics from The Attraction, Psychedelia from future Mushroom act Second Hand, as well as Felius Andromeda and Denis Couldry, funky soul from Mel Turner, several Femme Pop rarities (Angelina, The New Faces, The Carolines) and post-Mushroom curios from the likes of Andromeda, this is the ultimate tribute to this cult British label.

Artwork comes courtesy of noted designer Phil Smee, whose impressive collection of Mushroom Records ephemera is reproduced in the booklet. And the sleeve-notes by Grapefruit’s own David Wells finally tell the story of this hitherto undocumented chapter from the underground scene.

Disc One: 1. FOLK PIECE IN KHARWA - Pandit Kanwar Sain Trikha 2. EVIL WAYS - Les Flambeaux 3. HANGIN’ ON AN EYELID - Second Hand 4. FORTUNE FOR THE FINDER - Callinan-Flynn 5. DANDELION BLUES - Jon Betmead 6. WHERE’S YOUR MASTER GONE? – Simon Finn 7. OR ALTERNATIVELY NINE – Lol Coxhill 8. LARK IN THE MORNING - Heather Adrian & John 9. FALSE EYELASHES - Andreas Thomopoulos 10. CHAM CHAM CHAM CHAM - Nitai Dasgupta 11. FUNERAL – Second Hand 12. WE ARE THE PEOPLE (THE ROAD TO DERRY TOWN) - Callinan-Flynn 13. REPORT TO THE SAD LADY - Andreas Thomopoulos 14. THE AULD TRIANGLE - Liverpool Fishermen 15. HIGH GERMANY – Mappa Tandi 16. LAND OF A THOUSAND DREAMS - Chillum 17. PUCKAREE – Urban Clearway 18. DON’T WAIT TILL THE MORNING - Gordon, Ellis & Steele 19. THE PHOENIX – Magic Carpet 20. TAKE TO THE SKIES – Second Hand 21. JERUSALEM – Simon Finn

Disc Two: 1. PARTY LINE – The Attraction 2. SUMMER LEAVES ME WITH A SIGH - Tuesday’s Children 3. SHE’S THAT KIND OF WOMAN – John Williams 4. SEE SEE RIDER – Alexis Korner 5. JAMES IN THE BASEMENT – Denis Couldry 6. CHEADLE HEATH DELUSIONS - Felius Andromeda 7. THE WORLD WILL END YESTERDAY – Second Hand 8. RAINBOW CHASING - Andromeda 9. KNOCK ON WOOD – Oliver Bone 10. WISHING MY LIFE AWAY - Angelina 11. MY WAYS ARE SET – John Williams 12. A STRANGE LIGHT FROM THE EAST - Tuesday’s Children 13. LOVE MADE A FOOL OF ME – The Carolines 14. JUNGLE HARLEM – Mel Turner 15. SHE’S A GIRL – The Attraction 16. TABOO MAN – Alexis Korner 17. RAMBLIN’ BOY – John Williams 18. AFTER THE STORM - Andromeda 19. I AM NEARLY THERE - Denis Couldry & The Next Collection 20. MEDITATIONS - Felius Andromeda 21. NEVER GONNA LOVE AGAIN – New Faces 22. CHASING SHADOWS – Mark Leeman Five 23. COME ON, BE MINE – The Cherokees 24. WHITE CHRISTMAS – Mel Turner 25. REALITY – Second Hand

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