LISTEN: The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966

Check out A Slight Disturbance In My Mind inside; box set out now on Grapefruit Records

Various Artists A Slight Disturbance In My Mind: The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds of 1966 Grapefruit/Cherry Red 2020

When you ask most fans of ‘60s pop and rock ‘n roll which year for music is their favorite, 1966 will come up the most often, and for good reason.

It’s the beginning of the transition between standard pop fare and something more revolutionary.  A Slight Disturbance In My Mind does a fine job of the revolution which took place with UK sounds of that year, featuring 84 (!) bloody fine tracks on three discs.

As you might expect, some of the more shining lights of UK music are represented here, such as The Yardbirds, The Action, The Hollies, The Pretty Things, The Creation, The Searchers, and many other “the” bands of the time…but as it always is with these comps, the main reason to get them is because of their generally underrepresented acts, and A Slight Disturbance In My Mind has a lot of ‘em.  To name but a few you get Summer Suns (“Am I The Red One”); The Attraction (“She’s A Girl”); Katch 22 (the excellent “Minor Catastrophe); The Majority (“Simplified”); The Wimple Winch (“Save My Soul”); The Kirkbys (“It’s A Crime”); The Fingers (“I Go To Sleep”); The Silence (“Hey, You Lolita”); The Secrets (“I Suppose”), and many others.

You won’t find a better representation of 1966 or, as Jon Savage calls it, “the year the decade exploded”, than you will on A Slight Disturbance In My Mind.   

 

TRACK LISTING

DISC ONE

1. MAKING TIME – The Creation
2. SHAPES OF THINGS – The Yardbirds
3. I’LL KEEP HOLDING ON –
The Action
4. MUD IN YOUR EYE – Fleur-De-Lys
5. SWEET MUSIC – The Koobas
6. ORIENTAL SADNESS – The Hollies
7. PLAY DOWN – The Bee Gees
8. AM I THE RED ONE
(ALTERNATIVE MIX) – Mick Softley
with The Summer Suns*
9. I UNSEEN – The Misunderstood
10. SECURITY (EXTENDED VERSION) – The ’N Betweens*
11. I DIG EVERYTHING – David Bowie
12. SHE’S A GIRL – The Attraction
13. A HOUSE IN THE COUNTRY –
The Pretty Things
14. DADDY LONG LEGS
(BRASS-FREE VERSION) –
Lindsay Muir’s Untamed
15. MAN WITH MONEY – Outrage*
16. THE QUIET EXPLOSION – The Ugly’s
17. THIRTEEN WOMEN –
The Renegades
18. I TAKE IT THAT WE’RE THROUGH – The Riot Squad
19. MAJOR CATASTROPHE – Katch 22
20. HIPPY GUMBO (DEMO VERSION) – Marc Bolan
21. I WILL HAVE YOU – Just Five
22. TOMORROW NIGHT – The Times
23. BLOW-UP – The In Crowd
24. SIMPLIFIED – The Majority
25. BACK SEAT DRIVER –
The Ministry Of Sound
26. BABY, YOU’VE GOT IT – The Truth
27. I JUST GOT SOME – Rod Stewart
28. ANSWERS PLEASE –
The Luvin’ Kind

DISC TWO
1. MY FRIEND JACK (DEMO VERSION) – The Smoke
2. PLEASE PLEASE ME – The Score
3. PAINTER MAN (2017 STEREO MIX) – The Creation
4. WHY DON’T YOU SMILE NOW – Downliners Sect
5. YOU’VE GOTTA HAVE LOVE BABE (DEMO VERSION) –
Graham Bond Organisation
6. OUTCAST – The Animals
7. WE’RE BROKEN – The Moody Blues
8. I’VE LAID SOME DOWN IN MY TIME – Tony Colton
9. WELL…ALL RIGHT – The People
10. SHAPES IN MY MIND
(US 45 VERSION) – Keith Relf
11. MY TIME (BRASS-FREE VERSION) – The Pretty Things
12. FANCY – The Kinks
13. YOU’RE MY GIRL – Manfred Mann
14. WHAT A STATE I’M IN –
The Tremeloes
15. TURN INTO EARTH – Al Stewart
16. THE MORNING AFTER –
The Mindbenders
17. WALKIN’ WALKIN’ WALKIN’ –
The Favourite Sons
18. HAVE YOU EVER LOVED SOMEBODY – The Searchers
19. HUNGRY – The 5 A.M. Event
20. MOLLY ANDERSON’S COOKERY BOOK – The Artwoods
21. TAX MAN – Loose Ends
22. THE RUIN – Deep Feeling
23. KICKS – The Wheels
24. YOU’RE MY GIRL – The Kingpins
25. PAINT IT BLACK – The Tomcats
26. SAGITTARIUS – The Cortinas
27. WRONG WAY – The Brood
28. HOLIDAYMAKER – The Key

DISC THREE
1. THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND – John’s Children
2. SAVE MY SOUL – The Wimple Winch
3. STROLL ON – The Yardbirds
4. GLENDORA – Downliners Sect
5. I’M NOT YOUR STEPPING STONE (DEMO VERSION) – The Flies
6. IT’S A CRIME – The Kirkbys
7. LET THE LIVE LIVE – The Sorrows
8. I GO TO SLEEP – The Fingers
9. DON’T TELL ME – Arthur Brown
10. HAPPY NEW YEAR – Beverley
11. I AM THE WORLD – The Bee Gees
12. CLOWN – The Hollies
13. INDICATION – The Zombies
14. LITTLE ROSY – The Rocking Vickers
15. WHAT DOES SHE DO – Sounds Around
16. MY LITTLE RED BOOK – Episode Six
17. NO MORE YOU AND ME –
The Tornados ’66
18. GIRL CHILD, I AM AN EVIL WITCHMAN – The ’N Betweens
19. HURDY GURDY MAN – The Spectres
20. SUMMER LEAVES ME WITH A SIGH – Tuesday’s Children
21. ADVERTISING MAN – The Reaction
22. MY WORLD FELL DOWN –
The Ivy League
23. HEY, YOU LOLITA – The Silence
24. I SUPPOSE – The Secrets
25. DIFFERENT KIND OF LOVE SONG – Outrage*
26. TOMORROW NEVER KNOWS –
The Mirage
27. MY MIND – The Misunderstood
28. DISTURBANCE – The Move

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

David Bash

David Bash is the founder of the pop music festival International Pop Overthrow and a contributing writer for RockandRollGlobe.com.

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