Thursday, July 5, 2012
Current Distraction Part Four: The U.K. Kaleidoscope
Not to be confused with (or I guess, to be confused with) the U.S. Kaleidoscope which featured David Lindley and who backed Larry Williams and Johnny "Guitar" Watson on that brilliant one-off single "Nobody" among other wildly amusing efforts on their own, is the U.K. Kaleidoscope whose two lost psychedelic classics have now been compiled with bonus material on a new and highly recommended and affordable 2 CD set that is making me go apeshit.
The comparisons are easy. Early Floyd comes to mind right away. But there is something much sweeter under the weirdness and occasionally overblown production. It's in the melodies and vocals, which at times reminds me of what Jon Auer & Ken Stringfellow have given us in The Posies or even the Gibb Brothers on the early Bee Gees records.
"Dive Into Yesterday" from their debut "Tangerine Dream" is the one illustrates exactly that. My ears hear The Posies on the verses and Syd Barrett-era Floyd on the choruses and of course production. "Flight From Ashiya" would not have sounded out of place on The Bee Gees debut.
Not everything works, of course. But more than enough of it does, if you like this type of stuff...and I really do...especially the title track off their second and last LP, "Faintly Blowing."