Frond's 1991 double LP New River Head could not fit on a single CD. Those remaining six tracks are the bulk of this disc, which also features Frond's contributions to some compilation albums as well as songs only available on flexi-discs and singles included with magazines. Among the "pleasant refrains till now unavailable on compact disc" (taken from the disc's subtitle) are cover versions of Iron Butterfly's "Possession" and Muddy Waters's "Express Man", two songs which Frond makes over in his own style but which shows the influence of each artist on his music. The rest of the songs are in the classic Bevis Frond tradition: some quick power-poppers, some guitar freakouts, and some psychedelic "Solar Marmalade," as well as a track he recorded for his mum at age 14 in 1967.
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AllMusic Review by Jim Powers