three o'clock merrian webster time (CD, £13.25)label: Cicadelic Records
22 PSYCHEDELIC SOUNDS FROM TEXAS (1966-1968). By the time 1966 ended, many of the groups in Texas that started out playing British Invasion and folk-rock music, were now immersing themselves in the newly emerging psychedelic music. The five groups that comprise this album reflect the changes that occurred during this period and four of them even changed their names to sound more psychedelic. The Nomads became Smoke, Carrols Mood became The Sights And Sounds, The New Imperials became The Front Page News, and The Boys became The Remaining Few. Represented by twelve tracks on this album, The Nomads/Smoke, started out playing folk-rock music, but by 1967 went psychedelic-as witnessed by their "freak-out" version of "My Little Red Book" replete with backwards tapes. "Carrols Mood" went from singing ballads to surreal songs such as "Mystical Bells". The Front Page News went from the soul of "Baby Let Me Bang Your Box" to the fuzz drenched "Thoughts and Afterthoughts". If the 13th Floor Elevators were the epitome of what a Texas psychedelic band was, then the groups on this album were not far behind in trying to emulate that state of existence. Here then are twenty-two tracks compiling the changes that occurred from late 1966 to 1968, when the Texas bands went metaphorically speaking from "Kool-Aid" to "Electric Kool-Aid Acid". Tracks: Carrols Mood 1) What Youre Doing to Me 2) Out She Goes (Previously unreleased mixes) The Nomads 3) Ill Be There 4) I Walk Alone (Single masters) The Front Page News 5) Thoughts (Previously unreleased mix) The Nomads 6) My Little Red Book (Unreleased master) 7) Situations 8) Three O'Clock Merrian Webster Time (Single masters The Rebellers 9) The New Generation (Previously unreleased mix) Smoke 10) Mainstream 11) Church House Blues (Single masters) The Remaining Few 12) Painted Air 13) In The Morning (Askell-112) The Sights and Sounds 14) Mystical Bells 15) You Keep Me Hangin On (Unreleased Masters) Carrols Mood 16) I Walk Alone (Previously unreleased mix) The Nomads 17) Three O'Clock Merrian Webster Time-take 1 18) Three O'Clock Merrian Webster Time-take 2 19) Three O'Clock Merrian Webster Time-take 3 20) Three O'Clock Merrian Webster Time-take 4 (Previously unreleased versions with different vocals) 21) My Little Red Book (Previously unreleased alternate mix) The Sights And Sounds 22) Out She Goes (Alternate version).
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