Friday, January 27, 2023

Various: Fairytales Can Come True: UK Popsike From The Late 60's 2007



Welcome to Psychic Circle's first volume of enchanting UK popsike. Fairytales Can Come True (Volumes 1-4). Finally, it has come to pass that compilers and collectors alike have realised that there was some wonderful music coming out of the UK in the late 60's that wasn't all-out psychedelia ot floor-filling blue-eyed soul.


Sure, all these tracks have a psychy feel, and some of them would pack a dance floor, but really they're more concerned with harmony and Pop sensibility. So we're delighted to presnt 20 dazzling tracks from the UK late 60's scene. All very melodic and refreshing.
Mastered by DAVE BLACLMAN at Hiltongrove Mastering
Produced by STEVEN CARR


[The idea of this compilation is to present obscure British recordings from the late '60s that had a definite psychedelic feel, but also had a lot of harmony pop influence at work as well.


Often this led to a particularly precious branch of psychedelia dubbed (long after the fact) by some collectors as "toytown" music, in part because of a preoccupation with British character sketches, childhood nostalgia, and fantasy that was largely absent from American psychedelic rock. There's some of that here, but fortunately this largely steers clear of excessively precious and twee material, though some of it does have the good-time bounce that leaked down to so many bands from the circa-1967 Beatles and Kinks.


None of these were hits or anything close to it, of course, but some general '60s collectors might actually recognize some of the musicians, particularly the Searchers (represented by a fairly respectable, and seldom anthologized, late-'60s 45, "Umbrella Man"); Jackie Lomax, as leader of the Lomax Alliance


Los Bravos, of "Black Is Black" fame (here heard covering the Easybeats' song "Bring a Little Lovin'"); Ian Matthews, heard on the Pyramid's breezy "Summer of Last Year," recorded shortly before he joined Fairport Convention; and Hedgehoppers Anonymous and the Roulettes, both of whom had a little U.K. success on record in the '60s.

What's most impressive about this compilation, however, is that there's a fair amount of variety in the selections, encompassing an obscure Troggs cover (Barry Benson's "Cousin Jane"), almost raw folk-rock (Hedgehoppers Anonymous' "Daytime"), sub-Walker Brothers balladeering (the Virgil Brothers' "Look Away"), and nearly baroque moodiness with influence from both classical music and Beach Boys harmonies (Fred Lloyd's "Kissed Him," Dreams' "A Boy Needs a Girl," and Dave Christie's "Penelope Breedlove").


If you want more singsongy sugary stuff, that's here, too, but not so much so that listening to the CD gets to be an overly sickly sweet experience. It's definitely an anthology for deep U.K. psych specialists, but likely one of the better ones in this subgenre to ever be compiled.
By Richie Unterberger]

Various – Fairytales Can Come True: UK Popsike From The late 60's
Label: Psychic Circle – PCCD7006
Series: Fairytales Can Come True – Volume 1
Format:    CD, Compilation
Country: UK
Released: 2007
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Psychedelic Rock, Pop Rock



01. The Pyramid – Summer Of Last Year   3:08
(Bass – John Paul Jones/Performer – Steve Hiett/Vocals – Iain Matthews/Written-By – Hiett)
02. Los Bravos – Bring A Little Lovin'   2:26
(Vocals – Mike Kogel/Written-By – Vanda, Young)
03. Fred Lloyd – You Kissed Him   2:04
(Written-By – Lloyd)
04. The Lomax Alliance – See The People   2:15
(Written-By – Cannon, Peters)
05. Barry Benson – Cousin Jane   2:35
(Written-By – Matthews, Page)
06. The Dreams – A Boy Needs A Girl   2:28
(Guitar – Eric Bell/ Written-By – O'Donoghue)
07. Grisby Dyke – Mary Ann She   2:57
(Guitar – Derek Foley/Vocals – Lou Stonebridge/Written-By – Waddington, Bickerton)
08. San Francisco Earthquake – Fairy Tales Can Come True (Have You Heard About Lucy)   2:30
(Written-By – Young)
09. Gallagher & Lyle – Trees   2:29
(Written-By – Gallagher, Lyle)
10. The Searchers – Umbrella Man   2:58
(Written-By – Young)
11. Dave Christie – Penelope Breedlove   2:37
(Written-By – Hall, Christie)
12. Promise – Nine To Five   2:11
(Producer – Tokenam Aw/Written-By – Morgan, Webber)
13. Peppermint Circus – Keeping My Head Above Water   2:36
(Written-By – Ward)
14. The Virgil Brothers – Look Away   2:39
(Written-By – Doyle)
15. The Snappers – Upside Down Inside Out   2:51
(Written-By – Murray)
16. Katch 22 – Pumpkin Mini   2:32
(Written-By – Tokenam Aw)
17. Brian Connell & The Roundsound – Just Another Wedding Day   2:47
(Written-By – Moore, Morgan)
18. Darlings – Saturday Town   1:55
(Written-By – Langley, Stewart)
19. Hedgehoppers Anonymous – Daytime   2:29
(Written By – Saunders/Written-By – Fredenucci, Stewart)
20. The Roulettes – Help Me To Help Myself   2:40
(Performer – Bob Henrit, Russ Ballard/Written-By – Ballard)

MP3 @ 320 Size: 142 MB
Flac  Size: 340 MB


  1. As far as I am aware, there are 5 volumes of this series.

    1. Yes, but I have the four volumes. I bought them in a music bazaar years ago 2 Euro each. I didn't find the fifth.

    2. If we were neighbors i could have helped you out with Vol. 5.

    3. Thank you man, but I can live even without the volume 5.