Various Artists

Bastards Of British Rock

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This is an excellent sampler of British blues-rock and pop from the mid to late 1960's. Loads of rare stuff too, such as The All Stars (Jimmy Page's little dream project, who at one time or another included page, Clapton, Nicky Hopkins and a multitude of other leading lights of the blues movement. Hopkins' "Piano Shuffle" is easily one his finest early tracks, and despite its minimalist production, is one of the finest numbers on this set. The Nice's pilot single, "Brandenburger" is a rock-psych classic, and is indeed worthy here. Almost everybody else worth including is represented here, including Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac ("Man Of The World"), The Small Faces pop classic "Lazy Sunday" as well as Chris Farlow's excellent "Handbags and Gladrags," which was later done nicely by Rod Stewart. All in all, a great introduction to British rock.