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VA - Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal: An Island Anthology 1967-1972 [3CD Box] (2005)

Rock, Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Folk | Author: artmuss | 9-01-2018, 16:34
VA - Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal: An Island Anthology 1967-1972 [3CD Box] (2005)Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal: An Island Anthology 1967-1972
Year Of Release: 2005
Label (Catalog#): Island Remasters [9822950]
Country: International
Genre: Rock, Folk Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic
Quality: FLAC (*tracks,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 3:49:02
Full Size: 1.30 gb

Most casual onlookers don't remember it today, but there was a time when Island Records was well known as the home of numerous varieties of music beyond classic reggae and the 1980s work of U2. In fact, from 1967 until the early/mid-'70s, Island was one of the major outlets for progressive and art rock bands in England. The label didn't have much of a presence in the United States until the second half of the 1970s, and many of the groups that it had under contract only released their work through Island in England, with major acts such as Jethro Tull, King Crimson, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer having separate contractual relationships with Warner/Reprise and Atlantic in the United States. But Island's U.K. roster of prog rock acts was impressive, as you're reminded by just about every minute of this three-CD, 48-track box, which encompasses everything from the widely familiar (Traffic's "Paper Sun" and "Feelin' Alright," Jethro Tull's "A Song for Jeffrey" and "A New Day Yesterday") to culty weirdness (Wynder K. Frog's "Harpsichord Shuffle") and genuinely experimental acts such as White Noise, and strange B-sides (King Crimson's "Groon"). The obscurities flow fast and thick throughout, including the Mick Moody guitar showcase "Pearly Queen" as recorded by Tramline (many years before Moody would find fame and fortune with Whitesnake), and Quintessence's "Giants" and "Notting Hill Gate," the latter a classic British hippie anthem. The emphasis is on singles where they were relevant, although notable album cuts are also present -- everything from one-off singles like King Crimson's "Catfood" (by a version of the band that scarcely existed for a month) to "A Sailor's Life" by Fairport Convention, clocking in at 11 minutes plus, which reappeared in their repertory for decades. The range of sounds is also wonderfully diverse, from the progressive folk axis of John Martyn/Fairport/Sandy Denny/Nick Drake/Incredible String Band/Amazing Blondel through arty rockers like ELP and McDonald & Giles, to the bluesy hard rock focus of Tramline and Free, as well as acts like Tull that fall in between them, and horn bands like Alan Bown that fall outside of any of them. The sound is excellent throughout, the annotation is extremely thorough, and the packaging is well designed and easy to use (and this reviewer loves the fact that the box and sleeves re-create the color scheme of the old Island logo). What's more, the cost has been held to the midline range (equal to roughly 12 dollars a disc on the American side of the Atlantic), making this nearly four-hour-long release not only attractive to longtime enthusiasts of this sort of music, but an ideal vehicle for neophyte listeners to experiment with and discover the genre and the history, and the wealth of lesser-known and downright obscure bands represented here alongside the famous.

TRACKLIST:

Disc: 1
1. Supernatural Fairy Tales - Art
2. Paper Sun - Jimmy Miller, Traffic, Dave Mason, Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood
3. Harpsichord Shuffle - Wynder K. Frog
4. Rainbow Chaser - Muff Winwood, Nirvana
5. Pearly Queen - Tramlines
6. Sunshine Help Me - Jimmy Miller, Spooky Tooth
7. Dusty - Al Stewart, John Martyn
8. Meet On The Ledge - Fairport Convention, Joe Boyd, John Wood
9. A Song For Jeffrey - Jethro Tull, Terry Ellis
10. The Carpenter - The Clouds
11. I Keep Singing That Same Old Song - Guy Stevens, Heavy Jelly
12. The Black Mass: An Electric Storm In Hell - David Glyn Vorhaus, White Noise, Delia Ann Derbyshire, Brian Charles Hodgson
13. Over The Green Hills - Free, Guy Stevens
14. Worry - Free, Guy Stevens
15. Giants - Quintessence
16. Queen Of Scots - Amazing Blondel
17. Feelin' Alright? - Jimmy Miller, Traffic
18. Sing Me A Song That I Know - Andy Johns, Blodwin Pig
19. A Sailor's Life - Fairport Convention, Joe Boyd, John Wood, Simon Nicol

Disc: 2
1. A New Day Yesterday - Jethro Tull
2. No Time To Live - Jimmy Miller, Traffic
3. Three Hours - Joe Boyd, Nick Drake, John Robert Wood
4. Lost In My Dream - Jimmy Miller, Spooky Tooth
5. Stormbringer - Joe Boyd, John Martyn, Beverley Martyn
6. Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal - Dr. Strangely Strange, Joe Boyd
7. Notting Hill Gate - Quintessence
8. Banks Of The Nile - Fotheringay, Joe Boyd
9. Wild World - Cat Stevens, Paul Samwell-Smith, Del Newman
10. Painted Chariot - Stan Schnier, The Incredible String Band
11. The North Star Grassman And The Ravens - Sandy Denny, John M. Wood, Richard Thompson, Harry Robinson
12. Suite In C; Including Turnham Green, Here I am And Others - McDonald & Giles
13. The Siege Of Yaddlethorpe - Amazing Blondel, Paul Samwell-Smith

Disc: 3
1. Knife Edge - Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Greg Lake
2. Thunderbuck Ram - Mott The Hoople, Guy Stevens
3. Northern Sky - Joe Boyd, Nick Drake, John Robert Wood, Robert Kirby, Dave Pegg, Mike Kowalski, John Cale
4. Thru The Night - Alan Bown
5. Dark Dance - Robin Williams
6. I Am The Walrus - Chris Blackwell, Chris Stainton, Spooky Tooth, Mike Harrison
7. Glistening Glyndebourne - John Martyn, John M. Wood
8. Fire And Water - Free
9. See My Way - Blodwyn Pig
10. See The World - Peter Gage, Vinegar Joe, Vic Smith
11. Peace Train - Cat Stevens, Paul Samwell-Smith
12. Watercolour Days - The Clouds
13. The Low Spark Of High-Heeled Boys - Chris Blackwell, Steve Winwood, Traffic
14. Song For Suzie - Heads, Hands & Feet

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  • #1: ePhysician (13 January 2018 02:59)

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    artmuss,

    thank you a lot.
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