Crispian St. Peters

Pied Piper

Composed by Jack Kornfield

Song Review by

One of those great gimmicky singles that made late '60s AM radio so much fun, "Pied Piper" sounds like another product of the Kasenetz-Katz stable of bubblegum stars, but Crispian St. Peters' (born Robin Peter Smith) sole US hit was actually an early piece of flower-power pop from 1966 London. The hook is the infectious pennywhistle that trills along behind the jubilant single, but the genius of the record is in its use of dynamics. The verses are beyond spare, with St. Peters' Tom Jones-like voice, a fuzz bass and one rhythm guitar the only instruments, which makes the upswing into the romping choruses, with their much fuller orchestration, that much more exciting. One wonders if the young Cat Stevens was a fan, because many of his early songs have a very similar feel.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Follow Me 1966 Air Mail Music
Rock 'n' Roll Fever of the 60's & 70's 1994
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:35
Treasured Tunes, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:36
Pied Piper 1995 One Way Records 2:35
Dick Bartley Presents Collector's Essentials: The '60s 1996
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande / Varese 2:33
Golden Oldies NonStop Party Mix 1996
Various Artists
ZYX Music 0:59
The Anthology 1996 Repertoire 2:31
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 66 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:45
Rockin' Jukebox, 1966 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 2:45
Millennium: Forty Hits 1965-1969 1998
Various Artists
Disky 2:36
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:36
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Warner Special Products/Echo 2:26
Classic Rock: Hits of 1966 2000
Various Artists
Direct Source 2:44
Spirit of the 60's: Folk Rock, Vol. 3 2000
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:34
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 2:50
Sounds of the Sixties: 1966 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The British Invasion [Goldies] 2002
Various Artists
Goldies
Jukebox Hits 1966 [Madacy 2 CD] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:49
Definitive 60's, Vol. 1 2002
Various Artists
B.R.
25 Hits from the British Invasion 2002
Various Artists
Varèse Vintage / Varese 2:34
Mad Mods and Englishmen 2002
Various Artists
404 Music Group 2:33
Sixties: A Decade to Remember [3 CD] 2002
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:46
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:33
No Image 2003
Various Artists
K-Tel 2:46
Hits of the 60's [2003 Import] 2004
Various Artists
Delta Blue 2:32
The British Invasion Box 2004
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 2:34
Am Gold: The 60's Generation 2004
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:32
Best Sixties Party 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:33
Sixties: Hits of the Sixties 2005
Various Artists
Hallmark Recordings 2:35
British 60's Collection 2005
Various Artists
Prism Platinum 2:33
Super 60's [Weton] 2006
Various Artists
Weton 2:33
Hits of the 60's: The Ultimate Collection 2007
Various Artists
Red Box 2:33
No Image 2007
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:46
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Euro Trend / MCP 2:33
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Cheap O Lata / WG Productions
Flower Power [TGG] 2008
Various Artists
TGG 2:48
The Way We Were in the 60's 2008
Various Artists
The Gift of Music 2:33
Great 60s Collection, Vol. 2 2008
Various Artists
Red X 2:46
Happy Days of the 60's  [Madacy 2008] 2008
Various Artists
Madacy 2:33
Super 60's Hits [Fuel 2000] 2008
Various Artists
Fuel / Varèse Sarabande / Fuel 2000 2:34
No Image 2008 K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 2:46
The Solid Silver 60s: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 2009
Various Artists
Universal Music 2:32
The Ultimate Collection: 60s - 100 Hits 2011
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Collection 2:35
Honey Honey: The Sound of Bubblegum Pop 2012
Various Artists
Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:32
The Pied Piper: The Complete Recordings 1965-1974 2014 RPM Records 2:33
Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics 2014
Various Artists
Ultimate Collection / Union Square / Universal 2:33
Best of British Invasion
Various Artists
Sonoma Entertainment 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
Mastersong
Dreamboats & Miniskirts: Summer in the City
Various Artists
Universal Music TV 2:33
No Image
Various Artists
Pony Canyon Records
Greatest Ever Sixties
Various Artists
Greatest Ever
Hard to Find 45's on CD, Vol. 17
Various Artists
Eric Records 2:32
Party Dance Mix, Vol. 2
Various Artists
Euro Trend 1:14
No Image
Various Artists
The Best of Juke Box, Vol. 3
Various Artists
BR Music 2:34
No Image
Various Artists
Phantom Records (England)
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