Title - Hallucinogenic Treasures from the Convolution ...
Artist - Banging Colours
For those not in the know, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and many finds from the London Underground music scene found their way into the public ear again.
After a little delay, perhaps the most important rediscovery from the time of Swingin' London is available: Iapetus presents with this compilation for the first time a comprehensive review of the work of the legendary British band Banging Colours.
During the short period of their existence in London from 1967 to 1969, Banging Colours around keyboarder and singer Manny Wolfe were considered one of the most important and influential bands of their time.
Performances at the U.F.O. Club and in Middle Earth established their reputation as a cult band of British psychedelia fans.
Joint appearances with Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Pretty Things or Tomorrow consolidated this status as well as their innovative light show, which gave the band its name.
Mathias Derer has meticulously searched and rummaged through the archives of record companies, radio stations and film studios, bringing to light some amazing things.
More treasures than ever hoped for could be recovered, in almost all cases in the form of original tapes of the individual tracks and in far better quality than feared.
Markus Reuter has remixed them with great devotion and has given these pearls of the psychedelic era, which were considered lost, new radiance. The result is a fascinating testimony of the probably most creative period of rock music.
1. 'The Love and Fun Brigade (Full Stereo)' (6:27)
2. 'Evaporation of Linearity' (9:04)
3. 'If God‘s a Fly' (10:41)
4. 'Tapestry Puzzle' (4:48)
5. 'Primrose Hill' (5:38)
6. 'Ivica' (5:41)
7. 'Waves' (6:30)
8. 'The Letter' (5:24)
9. 'Toward the Great Oneness' (5:40)
10. 'Magic Theatre' (6:35)
11. 'The Love and Fun Brigade (Mono Single)' (2:54)
The first disc of this quite wondrous compilation brings together studio recordings from almost two and a half years, from the first and only single that not only sings about London's underground scene but also became its secret anthem, to songs from various album projects from 1967 to 1969.
The material was written entirely by the band's head Manny Wolfe and bears his compositional signature. Opening with the foot-tappin' brilliance of 'The Love and Fun Brigade (Full Stereo)' and the banging (sorry, all pun intended!) 'Evaporation of Linearity,' they back those up with the ten minute creeping opus 'If God‘s a Fly,' the bass guitar reverb brilliance of 'Tapestry Puzzle' and then the summery, easy breezy elegance of 'Primrose Hill.'
Next up is the quietly pensive, yet always probing and moody 'Ivica' which is itself followed by the atmospheric duo of the acoustic approach to 'Waves' and then the creepy dark attic after midnight ambiance of 'The Letter,' then we get the all out jam fest of 'Toward the Great Oneness,' with the disc rounding out on the tranquil psych of 'Magic Theatre,' closing on the Mono version of 'The Love and Fun Brigade.'
12. 'Gustav Metzger Improv I' (1:36)
13. 'Gustav Metzger Improv II' (1:28)
14. 'Gustav Metzger Improv III' (3:07)
15. 'Gustav Metzger Improv IV' (1:14)
16. 'Gustav Metzger Improv V' (2:23)
17. 'Radio Session Improv I' (5:01)
18. 'Radio Session Improv II' (04:54)
19. 'Radio Session Improv III' (6:29)
20. 'Fool’s Parsley in Pills' (19:22)
The second disc includes jams and studio live sessions and shows the band from a slightly different side: it impressively documents their impartiality and freedom to improvise freely, leaving the three-minute format suitable for radio light years behind.
But not only the acoustic side of this rediscovery is interesting. In the course of extensive research, Mathias Derer has also succeeded in making the work of one of the most important graphic artists of his time partially accessible again.
Wes H. Bernatt was not only a friend of the band and designer of their record covers, posters and the band logo, but also one of the most creative draftsmen and illustrators in London in the late '60s.
His contribution to psychedelic art and graphic design was unjustly forgotten. Bernhard Wöstheinrich's revision of the album covers for this compilation brings Bernatt's merits back into focus.
In closing, this brand new compilation is a major act and an important contribution to the history of music, which gives an idea of the importance of Banging Colours. A must for all fans of the '60s and lovers of psychedelic music.
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