Keith West

Excerpts From...Group & Sessions 1965-1974

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Granted, this 24-track anthology will appeal almost exclusively to those with very deep British '60s/psychedelic collections, gathering bits and pieces from every stage of his career. It's also true that the best work West did is not actually on here, but on the eponymous (and only) album by Tomorrow, which is still easily available on CD. As a supplement to that Tomorrow album, though, this is pretty good, including rare 1965 singles by his pre-Tomorrow groups, Four + 1 and the In Crowd (respectable if a bit generic mod/R&B); a couple of previously unreleased BBC Tomorrow airshots of songs from their album ("Three Jolly Little Dwarfs" and "Revolution"), presented in somewhat harder-rocking versions sans elaborate studio production; the "Teenage Opera" and "Sam" singles; a rare 1968 single; and some unreleased cuts from the late '60s and early '70s, which show him drifting from psychedelia into a more singer/songwriter direction. Especially noteworthy are two unreleased recordings that Tomorrow wrote and recorded for Michelangelo Antonioni's film Blow Up; Tomorrow were apparently considered for the cameo rock band role that eventually went to the Yardbirds. Interesting odds'n'sods from an interesting career.

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