A three-CD journey through the English underground of 1967-1975
Long, long ago, before MP3s and 99p downloads, we had sampler albums. Issued as loss leaders by the enterprising hippie offshoots of major labels, they were usually dirt cheap and generous in running time. Originally issued in 1971 as a double album, this already ample helping of home-grown head-rock has now been pumped full of additives.
Andrew Lauder’s Liberty/United Artists roster encompassed everything from the genuinely adventurous (Can, Groundhogs, High Tide, Idle Race, the Bonzos and their solo off-shoots) to humdrum boogie merchants and earnest strummers. By the time you get to Robert Calvert, Mot