Tuesday, 12 February 2019

The Love Generation - Classic Hits From The Flower Power Era


This is a wonderful, uplifting and spirit-raising compilation of hits from the late sixties/early seventies. The title of "flower power" hits is a little bit of a misnomer, as they are not all peace and love-inspired songs man, but they all cover that carefree period. Basically, they are pretty much excellent examples of rock, blues rock, country rock and sometimes folky music from a period of superb creativity and atmosphere. There are are some interesting songs across the collection's four CDs, and while they are not copper-bottomed rarities, as such, there are some long-forgotten numbers that I enjoy listening to again when I give this a whirl. Examples are Incense And Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock, Green Tambourine by Lemon Pipers (A song I remember my parents had as a single when I was around eight, it brings back nice memories), My Friend The Sun by Family and Up, Up And Away by the 5th Dimension. Also so evocative and so redolent of the “summer of love” are the two Jefferson Airplane numbers, White Rabbit and Somebody To Love and The YoungbloodsLet’s Get Together.

The sound quality is generally very good, although it is dependent on the original recording. What is also important is that all the songs are the originals, something that is not always the case on sixties compilations.

Personal favourites are the blatantly Dylanesque Catch The Wind by Donovan; the anti-war anthem Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire; Everlasting Love by Love Affair, with Steve Ellis's marvellous lead vocal; Silence Is Golden by The Tremeloes; Pentangle's quirky folk of  Light Flight; The Band's The Weight and Peter Sarstedt's evocative Where Do You Go To My Lovely? Also, one can't help but like the hippy-ish nonsense of Good Morning Starshine by OliverAquarius by the 5th Dimension and Scott Mackenzie's iconic San Francisco.

There is also some great rock to be found on here in the shape of  Devil’s Answer by Atomic Rooster, On The Road Again by Canned Heat, American Woman by Guess Who and Paranoid by Black Sabbath. Check out Melanie's wonderful cover of The Rolling Stones' Ruby Tuesday too. I have always found Keith West's Excerpt From A Teenage Opera to be very odd, however.

There are too many great songs to praise them all. Here is the full track listing.

CD 1

1. California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas

2. Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane
3. Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
4. Aquarius/Let The Sun Go In - 5th Dimension
5. Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful
6. Let's Go To San Francisco - Flower Pot Men
7. Black Magic Woman - Santana
8. Incense And Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
9. Catch The Wind - Donovan
10. Carrie Anne - The Hollies
11. The Days Of Pearly Spencer - David McWilliams
12. I Can Hear Music - The Beach Boys
13. Where Do You Go To My Lovely - Peter Sarstedt
14. Kites - Simon Dupree & The Big Sound
15. Happy Together - The Turtles
16. Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers
17. American Woman - Guess Who

CD 2

1. In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans

2. Paranoid - Black Sabbath
3. Light Flight - Pentangle
4. Ob La Da, Ob La Da - Marmalade
5. Everlasting Love - Love Affair
6. Albatross - Fleetwood Mac
7. Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks
8. Venus - Shocking Blue
9. Can't Let Maggie Go - Honeybus
10. Games People Play - Joe South
11. Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat & Tears
12. My Friend The Sun - Family
13. Silver Machine - Hawkwind
14. Living In The Past - Jethro Tull
15. Devil's Answer - Atomic Rooster
16. Hi Ho Silver Lining - Jeff Beck

CD 3

1. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott Mackenzie

2. Eight Miles High - The Byrds
3. Daydream - Lovin' Spoonful
4. Need Your Love So Bad - Fleetwood Mac
5. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
6. Brand New Key - Melanie
7. Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudeville Band
8. Dear Delilah - Grapefruit
9. Dedicated Follower Of Fashion - The Kinks
10. Excerpt From A Teenage Opera - Keith West
11. Silence Is Golden - The Tremeloes
12. Up, Up And Away - 5th Dimension
13. Little Girl - Syndicate Of Sound
14. And The Sun Will Shine - Feliciano
15. You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood, Sweat & Tears
16. Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins
17. Joy To The World - Three Dog Night

CD 4 

1. Woodstock - Matthews Southern Comfort

2. Darling Be Home Soon - The Lovin' Spoonful
3. The Weight - The Band
4. Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
5. It Ain't Me Babe - The Turtles
6. Everybody's Talkin' - Harry Nilsson
7. Get Together - Youngbloods
8. Ruby Tuesday - Melanie
9. Mama Told Me Not To Come - Three Dog Night
10. Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire
11. Universal Soldier - Donovan
12. All I Ever Need Is You - Sonny & Cher
13. Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Mama Cass
14. Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
15. The Letter - Box Tops
16. Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
17. On The Road Again - Canned Heat

All simply great stuff. Get hold of this compilation if you can.

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