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Deram Dayze

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The Deram label, a subsidiary of British Decca, was an outlet for mildly experimental sounds in the late '60s, although it never got as far out as, say, Harvest. This 18-track compilation is ultimately more useful for filling in discographical cracks than providing inspiring music. Some or most of this might have labeled "psychedelic" at the time. But it's closer to middling British pop that adopted some psychedelic trimmings in the arrangements as a matter of pure trendiness. If you're a collector, it's not useless -- it has some little-known tracks by Cat Stevens, Colin Blunstone (who recorded his remake of "She's Not There" under the name of Neil McArthur), and Beverly Martyn, as well as the California pop-influenced single by the Pyramid, featuring a pre-Fairport Convention Ian Matthews. Best of all are the rare solo singles by Denny Laine, "Say You Don't Mind" and "Catherine's Wheel," which are two of the better adventurous flop British pop efforts of the late '60s.

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