Seems to be the season of the box set. Next on the upcoming list is A Kaleidoscope Of Sounds: Psych & Freakbeat Masterpieces, which is actually a vinyl box set.
This is a 7 x 7-inch box set compiled by Phil Smee and containing what is described as ‘some of the rarest and most valuable Psychedelic & Freakbeat singles from the 1960s’. Quite a boast. It is also a first time reissue for nearly all of these singles since their original pressings, with each housed in replica label bags with original artwork alongside an extensive booklet and rare photos.
Each box is also individually numbered (just 1,000 are being made) and includes download card if you want to take the tunes with you.
Drawn from UK labels such as Decca, Polydor, Philips, Mercury, Deram and Fontana, the set includes The Fairytale ‘Guess I Was Dreaming’, The Wimple Winch ‘Save My Soul’, Tintern Abbey ‘Beeside’, The Longboatmen ‘Take Her Any Time’, the Fleur-De-Lys with ‘Mud In Your Eye’ and The Poets ‘In Your Tower’.
Two tracks of particular interest are Birds Birds ‘Say Those Magic Words’ and Caleb ‘Your Phrasing Is Dead’, the former a 1966 single cut for Robert Stigwood’s Reaction label, while the latter is Caleb’s only single which, according to folklore, sold in single figures.
If you were to source and buy original copies of the 14 tracks in this collection, it would set you back in the region of £11,500. The most valuable 7” being Caleb’s ‘Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad’ which now commands an asking price of around £2,000.
Bit cheaper for this box though. It lands on 27th July 2018 and is available to pre-order for £55.38. Tracks listed below.
A – Jason Crest – Black Mass
B – Caleb – Baby Your Phrasing Is Bad
A – The Fairytale – Guess I Was Dreaming
B – The Poets – In Your Tower
A – Tintern Abbey – Beeside
B – The Virgin Sleep – Secret
A – The Wimple Winch – Save My Soul
B – Kaleidoscope – Flight From Ashiya
A – Les Fleur De Lys – Mud In Your Eye
B – The Longboatmen – Take Her Any Time
A – Birds Birds – Say Those Magic Words
B – Sands – Listen To The Sky
A – The Eyes – When The Night Falls
B – The Open Mind – Magic Potion