Twenty collector's items from the back catalog of British EMI. Some of these may be highly sought-after possessions by the kind of collectors that pore over small-print ads in specialist magazines. Yet the average British Invasion fan -- and even the British Invasion fan with a very deep interest in a music -- will be hard-pressed to avoid the temptation to lift the needle over lots of tracks. Lots of this falls into the "before they were famous" category: rare early efforts by Rod Stewart, David Bowie, and groups that included future members of Procol Harum, the Move, and others. David McWilliams' "Days of Pearly Spencer" made some psych-pop waves in Britain in 1967, but most of the rest of this is shockingly mundane (or, in the case of the Banshees' "Big Buildin'," horrifically banal). Also, many of the better cuts have appeared on more suitable single-artist reissues (i.e. the Paramounts, the Roulettes). The only real reason to search for this is the inclusion of the decent 1966 mod-rock cut by the Herd, recorded before the teenaged Peter Frampton had joined the band.
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