An interesting album just out on the Top Sounds label is Shapes And Sounds (Orange and red beams from the BBC archives 1967 – 1969), which, as the title suggests, is a collection of late 60s rarities from the BBC’s session archives, compiled by Nigel Lees (author of much of Record Collector’s British Psychedelic Trip series and sometimes New Untouchables DJ).
Shapes And Sounds (out on LP and CD) features 17 performances taped in BBC studios for broadcast on radio shows such as Top Gear and Saturday Club. Six bands are featured – Timebox, Kaleidoscope, Tomorrow, Gentle Influence, The Spectrum and The Montanas.
Highlights include Beggin’ from the Timebox sessions, recently-rediscovered Kaleidoscope tracks including Jenny Artichoke and Music, three tracks from Tomorrow include Blow Up (written for the film but never used in it), The Montanas selections include their sought-after pop/psych 45 A Step In The Right Direction. Gentle Influence rework Curtis Mayfield on You’ve Been Cheatin, while The Spectrum take on the Artwoods favourite I Take What I Want.
The LP has a sixteen page colour booklet based on a vintage Radio Times (the CD has a twenty four page book) packed with illustrations, band histories and listings of all their known BBC sessions, with all copies hand numbered. It’s available now, with samples of the tracks available at the Top Sounds website. Price is £13.49 for vinyl, £12.99 for CD.