VARIOUS ARTISTS Insane Times – 25 British Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults

Insane Times – 25 British
Psychedelic Artyfacts From The EMI Vaults
More Golden UK Nuggets

Yet another great collection of UK psychedelia, all from around 1967 and packaged to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. Some of this material is seeing a digital afterlife for the first time, and any collection that kicks off with a Kevin Ayers tune is OK in my book. If you dig deep into this 25 track collection, you’ll find more stars, Yes’ Steve Howe was a member of Tomorrow, Michael & Peter Giles (of Crimson fame) are the rhythm section of The Brain (“Nightmares In Red,” really?), and ELO’s Jeff Lynne fronts Idle Race. The rather “normal” Bonzo Dog Band pop track is a non-LP curio. Apparently, there’s also a 30-track version of this one, which adds five more acts, Young Idea, Kippington Loge, Bamboo Shoot, Wild Silk & Rumbold, and presumably an altered sub-title. Amazon.

KEVIN AYERS – Song For Insane Times (4:03)
JULY – Dandylion Seeds (3:20)
TOMORROW – Real Life Permanent Dream (3:16)
IPSISSIMUS – Hold On (3:38)
MANDRAKE PADDLE STEAMER – Strange Walking Man (3:13)
THE GODS – Towards The Skies (3:25)
THE PENNY PEEPS – Model Village (2:53)
PAUL JONES – The Dog Presides (2:43)
THE IDLE RACE – Hurry Up John (3:33)
THE ORANGE BICYCLE – Last Cloud Home (3:07)
JON – Is It Love (2:53)
THE BRAIN – Nightmares In Red (2:20)
BONZO DOG DOO DAH BAND – Equestrian Statue (2:45)
RAINBOW FFOLLY – Sun Sing (4:00)
SIMON DUPREE & THE BIG SOUND – Castle In The Sky (2:45)
TALES OF JUSTINE – Monday Morning (3:24)
MIKE PROCTOR – Mr. Commuter (2:48)
THE HOLLIES – All The World Is Love (2:14)
THE AEROVONS – World Of You (2:31)
THE LEMON TREE – William Chalker’s Time Machine (2:34)
THE PARKING LOT – World Spinning Sadly (3:03)
HERBAL MIXTURE – Please Leave My Mind (2:40)
THE KOOBAS – Barricades (5:04)
THE YARDBIRDS – Think About It (3:46)
SYD BARRETT – No Good Trying (3:22)



  • Willard
    May 26, 2011 - 09:34 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • February 11, 2012 - 20:14 | Permalink

    Had to grab it for “The Dog Presides”. As always, thank you Willard, for having this available.

  • Adam Dean
    February 3, 2013 - 09:57 | Permalink

    Psychadelia rules! Although likely posted here for some time, I came across this post while trolling through, and grabbed it as a companion piece to “Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers: Psychedelic Confectionery From The UK Underground 1965-69”. I too became intrigued by the track Wardo mentions above – “The Dog Presides” – and at first just assumed it was an early track from now legendary Led Zeppelin cohort John Paul Jones, so I did a quick web search – and as is the purpose of this blg, actually learned something! (You see, it’s working, Cap’n).

    So here is what I learned:

    One of Portsmouth’s finest sons, Paul Jones enjoyed huge success as the lead singer of Manfred Mann, before departing their unit in 1966 to become a solo superstar. Or, at the very least, that was the plan. The reality was rather different, as the public chose to continue purchasing Manfred Mann singles without him as lead singer, whilst his own musical career seemed to plummet into ever-more diminishing returns and selective audiences. Rather than licking his wounds quietly, Jones became incredibly adept at diversifying his career, appearing in films and television programmes, and even becoming a DJ on the cultishly popular BBC Radio Two Rhythm and Blues programme.

    This particular 1968 flop release is a peculiar affair indeed, having a rather hymnal Bee Gees composition on the A-side (The Sun Will Shine) which, to be frank, doesn’t bear much scrutiny or analysis. It’s the track unfairly tucked away on the flip which is the real jaw-dropper. Featuring Jeff Beck on guitar, Paul McCartney on drums and Paul Samwell-Smith on bass, “The Dog Presides” is a supergroup track in all but name, and is a raw, pounding beast featuring all members playing to the best of their abilities. Bluesy, furious and insistent, even Jones’ harmonica playing sounds spontaneous and ragged, and being present in the studio at the moment this was recorded must have been a very memorable occasion indeed. The fact that it’s talked about so infrequently these days is really due to the fact that EMI seemed to completely fail to capitalise on the collective and merely hid the track out of sight behind a pop number – the phrase “missed opportunity” barely covers their error.

    So there, a history lesson for those who dig deep! Am dropping the tab now, Willard.

    Cruise on, friends.

  • Brubeck
    June 13, 2013 - 14:29 | Permalink

    Thank you for this share! I hope it’s a good companion to the Decca Records and Psychedelia at Abbey Road compilations.

  • the saucer people
    May 16, 2015 - 15:51 | Permalink

    Just to add to Adam’s comment about Paul Jones – Though his career definitely did not have the success or longevity of Manfred Mann – he did in my opinion, produce one of the greatest pop singles of the sixties ‘I’ve Been A Bad Bad Boy’ and starred in one of the most terminally under-rated films of the sixties: Privilege released in 1967 (a film ironically where Paul plays a popstar called ‘Steve’ who disintegrates under the pressure of stardom) – great soundtrack as well (Patti Smith fans will recognise the song ‘Set Me Free’ which she covered)

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