• mock turtles Turtle Soup (double CD, £10.95)

    label: cherry red

    Formed in Middleton, north Manchester in 1985, The Mock Turtles evolved out of the band Judge Happiness to become key figures on the local Indie scene before eventually scoring chart success with the hits ‘Can You Dig It?’ and ‘And Then She Smiles’, at the height of the so-called Madchester scene at the dawn of the 1990s.  The band revolved around singer, songwriter and guitarist Martin Coogan (older brother of actor/comedian Steve), who blended his love of 70s glam and art rock (David Bowie, Be Bop Deluxe) with a nod towards the best in 60s music to create The Mock Turtles’ sound.  From 1987 to 1990, the band made five singles (the ‘Pomona’ EP, ‘Wicker Man’, ‘And Then She Smiles’, ‘Lay Me Down’ and ‘Magic Boomerang’) and an album, Turtle Soup, for Manchester’s Imaginary Records, as well as a compilation 87-90. None of these has ever been reissued. Turtle Soup has subsequently been cited as one of the finest Manchester albums of all time.  For this expanded reissue of Turtle Soup, which represents their complete Imaginary catalogue, all of the Mock Turtles’ non-album singles and B-sides are included, together with the many cover versions they recorded for Imaginary’s popular tribute albums (covering The Byrds, Jimi Hendrix, Syd Barrett, The Velvet Underground, Captain Beefheart and The Kinks).  In addition, Martin Coogan has unearthed no less than fourteen previously unissued Mock Turtles demos from his personal archive! Sleeve-notes are by Mark Hodkinson (The Guardian, etc.), who was the first-ever journalist to review the band back in the mid- 1980s.  The package boasts the original versions of ‘Can You Dig It?’ (which has remained popular via various TV ads) and ‘And Then She Smiles’ (a version of which is the theme tune to the popular TV series Stella).  TRACK LISTING: DISC ONE: TURTLE SOUP 1. KATHY COME HOME 2. HEAD RUN WILD 3. LAY ME DOWN 4. ANOTHER JESUS WALKS ON WATER 5. OH HELEN HOW? 6. HOW DOES IT FEEL? 7. AND THEN SHE SMILES 8. THE WILLOW SONG 9. MARY'S GARDEN 10. CAN YOU DIG IT? 11. WICKER MAN / BONUS TRACKS 12. WATCHING THE WANING MOON 13. JOHN O’WAR 14. TAKE YOUR TIME 15. FIONNUALA 16. BATHING IN BLUE 17. CALM BEFORE THE STORM 18. MAGIC BOOMERANG 19. WICKER MAN (LIVE VERSION) 20. WATCHING THE WANING MOON (LIVE VERSION) 21. JOHNNY SEVEN * / DISC TWO: BONUS TRACKS 1. ANGEL * 2. GOLDEN CHILDREN * 3. NO GOOD TRYING 4. ONE EYED JACK * 5. TURN ON * 6. BIG SKY 7. UP HERE IN HEAVEN * 8. CASTING PEARLS * 9. TIME BETWEEN / WHY 10. HARVEY DON'T DIE * 11. KING FOR A DAY * 12. BIG EYED BEANS FROM VENUS 13. SEE SAW * 14. FALLING ALL OVER * 15. PALE BLUE EYES 16. WALLY'S DEAD * 17. SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND * 18. SHANGRI-LA 19. THE ONLY ONE * 20. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? * previously unissued

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