NEW 3 CD RE-MASTERED CLAMSHELL VARIOUS ARTISTS BOXED SET CELEBRATING THE MUSICAL SOUNDS OF THE SO-CALLED BRITISH “UNDERGROUND” ROCK MUSIC OF 1968. FEATURING TRACKS BY DEEP PURPLE, JETHRO TULL, BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, JULIE DRISCOLL, BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY, SPOOKY TOOTH, TRAFFIC, THE MOVE, CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN, VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR, PROCOL HARUM, GENESIS, CARAVAN, JEFF BECK, PRETTY THINGS, THE INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, TOMORROW & MANY MORE. INCLUDES AN ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH ESSAY BY MARK POWELL
Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of “Revolution – Underground Sounds of 1968”, a 3CD clamshell boxed set celebrating the so-called “underground” rock music 1968, a year that saw huge changes, both musical and social. 1968 was a pivotal year for creativity in British rock, beginning with some influences of psychedelia still present in work by ground-breaking artists such as Pretty Things, Tomorrow, Incredible String Band, Idle Race, Traffic and The Move, but gradually giving way to styles influenced by jazz, blues, folk and more that would eventually become termed as “progressive”, “folk- rock” and “hard” rock, all of which championed by “underground” figures of the day such as DJ John Peel on his BBC Radio One show Top Gear and by publications such as International Times and Oz.
The common thread among all of these artists was an emphasis on experimentation and a desire to push the perceived boundaries of popular music. It was also a year that would see the very first record releases by bands that would go on to achieve success and influence in the 1970s such as Deep Purple, Jethro Tull, Barclay James Harvest, Genesis, Status Quo, Van Der Graaf Generator and Caravan.
Aside from featuring better known acts such as Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Procol Harum and Pentangle, this compilation also features lesser known acts that produced work of a wide breadth such as Eyes of Blue, Love Sculpture, The Action, Dantalian’s Chariot, Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera, Gun, Second Hand, The Moles and Blonde on Blonde.
This collection celebrates a creative period when rock music was evolving into something altogether more serious, moving away from the single as medium to give way to the dominance of the album. Feed your head with “Revolution – Underground Sounds of 1968”.
DISC ONE: 1. AND THE ADDRESS – Deep Purple 2. THIS WHEEL’S ON FIRE – Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity 3. TALKIN’ ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES – Pretty Things 4. WORLD WAR THREE – Dantalian’s Chariot 5. A SAYING FOR TODAY – The Action 6. CROSSROADS OF TIME – Eyes Of Blue 7. SUNSHINE HELP ME – Spooky Tooth 8. EARLY MORNING – Barclay James Harvest 9. ALL DAY, ALL NIGHT – Blonde On Blonde 10. HAPPY BIRTHDAY / THE BIRTHDAY PARTY – Idle Race 11. REVOLUTION – Tomorrow 12. WE ARE THE MOLES (PART 1) – The Moles 13. BLACKBERRY WAY – The Move 14. ONE EYED HOUND – Genesis 15. ON A SATURDAY – Keith West 16. SOVAY – Pentangle 17. CAVE OF CLEAR LIGHT – The Bystanders 18. SOMA (PARTS ONE & TWO) – Dantalian’s Chariot 19. FIRE! – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 20. I’M THE URBAN SPACEMAN – The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
DISC TWO: 1. SHAPES OF THINGS – Jeff Beck 2. BLACK MAGIC WOMAN – Fleetwood Mac 3. PEARLY QUEEN – Traffic 4. PEOPLE YOU WERE GOING TO – Van Der Graaf Generator 5. REALITY – Secondhand 6. LOVE IS THE LAW – Eyes Of Blue 7. DUSTY – John Martyn 8. IN HER MIND – Eclection 9. SUMMERTIME – Love Sculpture 10. FLY TOMORROW – John Mayall 11. PLACE OF MY OWN – Caravan 12. NO TITLE – Ten Years After 13. CHILD OF MY KINGDOM – The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown 14. I NEVER KNEW – The Gods
DISC THREE: 1. MY SUNDAY FEELING – Jethro Tull 2. SABRE DANCE – Love Sculpture 3. FLAMES – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera 4. SOMEWHERE TO GO – The Deviants 5. COLD EMBRACE – Sam Gopal 6. SHINE ON BRIGHTLY – Procol Harum 7. PARADISE FLAT – Status Quo 8. THAT’S ME – Genesis 9. SUITE NO. 1 – Giles, Giles & Fripp 10. MIST ON A MONDAY MORNING – The Move 11. TEN THOUSAND WORDS IN A CARDBOARD BOX – The Aquarian Age 12. MR. SUNSHINE – Barclay James Harvest 13. JUST FOR YOU – Dave Mason 14. S.F. SORROW IS BORN – Pretty Things 15. MAGIC MAN – Caravan 16. THE HALF-REMARKABLE QUESTION – Incredible String Band 17. RACE WITH THE DEVIL – Gun 18. MANDRAKE ROOT – Deep Purple