Documenting the English development into prog rock, where pioneering artists took ideas from 60s psychedelic into a misty new decade.
The latest project from two-thirds of Saint Etienne is a compact disc and deluxe double LP of English music that represented the transition from psychedelia to prog as the 60s moved into the 70s. Most of it is not an easy listen, but it’s always interesting, melodic, melancholy, with jazz and folk touches.
While America may have licked its wounds at the turn of the seventies by turning to singer-songwriters, purveyors of homilies like “teach your children well”, Britain wasn't so ready to give up the trappings of psychedelia. And while the UK counterculture may have shed its “faith in something bigger”, it wasn't about to chuck out the mellotron. This is how the day after the sixties felt: damp, fuzzy-headed, neither optimistic nor pessimistic but more than a little lost. British bands would mirror the ennui of the new decade with a new kind of music.
It features 19 tracks from Caravan, John Cale, Camel, Matching Mole, Alan Parker and Alan Hawkshaw, Spring etc. Lavishly put together, with two of Peter Mitchell’s iconic photographs of 1970’s Leeds.
+ 18-track CD.
+ 19-track double LP. 180 Gram black vinyl in heavy-duty Gatefold sleeve.
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