Friday, 29 April 2011

*** The Picadilly Line -(UK 1967) -The Huge World of Emily Small -Fading Yellow Artist -First Rate melodic Pop-Psych, don't miss!! ***

This British group may be more famed for evolving into Edwards Hand, who had a couple albums produced by George Martin. Before that, however, Picadilly Line put out this obscure album on CBS,
The Huge World of Emily Small is one of those albums that just seems to have slipped under the radar of most UK pop psych collectors. As such it has never been reissued in any form until now! The band (a duo lead by Rod Edwards and Roger Hand, who would later record as Edwards Hand) flourished briefly in the late 60's releasing this one album. With them is the cream of UK session men including Danny Thompson (bass), Alan Hawkshaw (keys), Herbie Flowers (bass) and Harold McNair (flute). The Picadilly Line even managed an appearance at The Middle Earth club in London, the then hallowed centre of the UK psychedelic scene. The album is breezy post Sergeant Pepper psychedelic pop with plenty of swinging London vibes, orchestration and evocative whimsical lyrics. Reference points are a psychedelic Hollies, Chad and Jeremy (circa Of Cabbages and Kings) Nirvana, Kaleidoscope (UK), World Of Oz, Donovan and The Bee Gees. Filled with beautiful dreamy vocal harmonies and elaborate electric and acoustic arrangements this is a real trip back to the height of UK Flower Power. All material is original except for a great version of Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" and The Everly Brothers "Gone, Gone Gone". This exact limited edition reissue is housed in a reproduction of the original sleeve. Features ten unreleased bonus tracks, including their non-album singles "Yellow Rainbow / Evenings With Corrina" and "Evenings With Corrina / My Best Friend", both from 1968.

01 Emily Small The Huge World Thereof
02 -Silver Paper Dress
03 -At The Third Stroke
04 -Can You See Me
05 -Your Dog Won't Bark
06 -How Could You Say Your Leaving Me
07 -Gone Gone Gone
08 -Twiggs
09 -Tumble Down World
10 -Visions Of Johanna
11 -Come And Sing A Song
12 -Her Name Is Easy
13 -Rosemary's Bluebell Day
14 -Gunny Sunside
15 -Country Girl
16 -No One Else Can See
17 -Yellow Rainbow
18 -I Know, She Believes
19 -Evenings With Corrina
20 -My Best Friend
21 -Memories Fade
22 -I Can Tell You Everything