6 Nov 2011

Pepperisms - Around the World

This is a great out of print compilation which cost me a fortune to track down. I wanted to share it with you so that you could have a listen before forking out the big bucks to buy a copy used on amazon or e-bay.  Worth every cent in my opinion.

Pepperisms - Around the World

1. Los Mac's - F.M. Y CIA.
2. Rockadrome - Ain't It A Shame
3. Hungaria - Szivarvany
4. Los Walkers - 19,8
5. Blossom Toes - When The Alarm Clock Rings
6. Prudy - Zvonky, Zvonte
7. The Twilights - Stop The World For A Day
8. Los Shakers - Espero Que Les Guste
9. Jade - Rest Of My Life
10. The October Cherries - Lay Down Your Love
11. The Paper Garden - I Hide
12. Ellie Pop - Can't Be Love
13. Los Mac's - Dear Friend Bob
14. Teddy Robin & The Playboys - You'd Better Cry
15. Quentin E. Klopjaeger - Weatherman
16. Los Brincos - Contrabando
17. Los Shakers - Mas Largo Que El Ciruela
18. We All Together - It's Us Who Say Goodbye

The idea of this compilation is to gather obscure music from the late '60s styled after, or inspired by, the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. It's a refreshing idea for an anthology, since so many collections of rare '60s rock focus on garage or fairly raw psychedelia; relatively refined and polished psychedelia that was just as out-of-the-way is much harder to find on reissues. And Pepperisms certainly does go out of the way to assemble little-heard tracks, not just from the U.S. and U.K., but also from South America, Canada, Australia, and even Czechoslovakia, Hong Kong, Hungary, South Africa, and Malaysia. The title might be a little misleading to Beatles or even general '60s fans, though, because this is more a general compilation of obscure ornate, elaborate late-'60s psychedelia than tracks which are specifically derivative of Sgt. Pepper. You can hear the Pepperisms in some cuts, like the Rockadrome's "Ain't It a Shame" and Quentin E. Klopjaeger's "Weatherman" (with their bouncing McCartneyesque piano) and "When the Alarm Clock Rings" by England's Blossom Toes (the best, and actually best-known, group on the CD). But the songs are more clever and pleasant than outstanding, and occasionally draw more from a White Album sound (as on the cuts by Jade and the October Cherries) than a Sgt. Pepper one. As a friend of mine noted in a nice way, it sounds kind of like listening to the Dukes of Stratosphear (who were actually XTC), except that these songs are actually from the late 1960s, and not uncanny re-creations. -AMG


1 comment:

  1. Stunning work, thanks so much for your time in uploading this. I have been looking for years and your generosity may have saved me.