Friday, September 22, 2023

Mojo Presents: Various - Paint It Black - Journey to the Dark Heart of '60s Pop 2016


There are some interesting songs on this collection, which is a "journey to the dark heart of '60s pop".

The Mickey Finn's "Garden of My Mind" is typical heavy-ish psychedelia. "Dark White", a track recorded but unreleased in the sixties by The Bonniwell Music Machine, features some impassioned lyrics.

The 13th Floor Elevators' "Reverberation" is pure psychedelia. Bizarrely The Spencer Davis Group

manage to sound like early Traffic on "Morning Sun" even after Steve Winnwood had left the former to join the latter. The earliest track here is The Yardbirds' "Still I'm Sad" from '65, which sounds pretty unlike their usual work mainly because of the pseudo-Gregorian chant vocals running through it.

The Pretty Things' "The Sun" is a charming, sentimental, almost mournful ballad. "Leaving Here", a

song written by Holland-Dozier-Holland warning that all the girls are leaving, is given an energetic interpretation by The Rationals. Hat and Tie experiment with a fuzz sound on "Finding it Tough", while Mountain Men's "Too Many People Around" could have served as an anthem for the Vote Leave Brexit referendum campaign.

The Lloyd Alexander Real Estate (who thinks up these names?) present a catchy, brass-infused tune in

"Whatcha Gonna Do (When Your Baby Leaves You)". "Devil's Grip" was The Crazy World of Arthur Brown's first single - not quite as way out as second single "Fire". The Red Crayola's "Hurricane Fighter Plane" is totally weird ("On the shelf I have six buckets and they're all for you, They're full of little things that we can do...").

So says Mick Jagger, talking to MOJO this month on the subject of Aftermath, the Rolling Stones'

fourth studio album released in April 1966. While their precending album, Out Of Our Heads, had included a number of R&B covers, Aftermath was the first Stones LP to consist soley of jagger/Richards compositions. It was also an album where the lyrical themes were darker and meaner, with the music sounding both tougher as well as more expansive.

In many respects, Aftermath - wich followed in the wake of the Beatles' Revolver, released five months

earlier - reflected a shift in sensibilities. Why play rhe pop game when you could play by your own rules? This change in attitude affected musicians the world over who began to make music designed to challenge rather than entertain.

It was music that reflected the world as they truly saw it, boasting lyrical themes that expressed

frustation, anger, desire, dissatisfaction and internalisation in equal measure. The release of the Stones' Paint It Black single that gives its name to this bespoke MOJO collection featuring 15 tracks that chronicle a period of time when pop took a left turn inti altogether more dangerous territory...

Various – Paint It Black
Label: Mojo Magazine – May 2016
Format: CD, Compilation, Stereo
Country: UK
Released: Mar 22, 2016
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Beat, Psychedelic Rock


01. The Mickey Finn – Garden Of My Mind
Written-By – Alan Mark, Bernard Jory, Mickey Waller
02. The Bonniwell Music Machine – Dark White
Written-By – Sean Bonniwell
03. The Silence – Down Down
Written-By – Andy Ellison
04. The 13th Floor Elevators – Reverberation (Doubt)
Written-By – Erickson, Sutherland, Hall
05. The Spencer Davis Group – Morning Sun
Written-By – Hardin, Duncan, James, Spencer Davis
06. The Seeds – Sad And Alone
Written-By – Daryl Hooper, Sky Saxon
07. The Yardbirds – Still I'm Sad
Written-By – McCarty, Samwell-Smith
08. The Pretty Things – The Sun
Written-By – Phil May, Wally Waller
09. Chris Farlowe – Paint It Black (Soundtrack Version)
Written-By – Jagger / Richards
10. The Rationals – Leaving Here
Written-By – Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland
11. Hat And Tie – Finding It Rough
Written-By – Chris Thomas, Patrick Campbell Lyons
12. Mountain Men – Too Many People Around
Written-By – Mountain Men
13. The Lloyd Alexander Real Estate – Whatcha Gonna Do (When Your Baby Leaves You)
Written-By – Chuck Willis
14. The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Devil's Grip
Written-By – Arthur Brown
15. The Red Crayola – Hurricane Fighter Plane
Written-By – Barthelme, Thompson*, Cunningham



Tracks taken from/available on:

01. The Mickey Finn - Garden Of My Mind The Complete Recordings 1964 - 1967'
02. The Music Machine - The Bonniwell Music Machine'
03. Various - Rare Mod (A Collection Of 60s' Underground Rhythm'N'Blues, Psych & Soul)'
04. 13th Floor Elevators - Reverberation (Doubt)'
05. The Spencer Davis Group - With Their New Face On'
06. The Seeds - Future'
07. The Yardbirds - Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds'
08. The Pretty Things - Emotions'
09. Various - Tonite Let's All Make Love In London'
10. The Rationals - Think Rational!'
11. Various - Sometimes I Wonder (The Psychedelic Pop Sound Of President)'
12. Various - Rare Mod Volume 4'
13. Various - Looking Back (80 Mod, Freakbeat & Swinging London Nuggets)'
14. The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - Devil's Grip / Give Him A Flower'
15. Red Krayola With The Familiar Ugly - The Parable Of Arable Land'

MP3 @ 320 Size: 114 MB
Flac  Size: 226 MB

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