Blossom Toes

We Are Ever So Clean

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Imagine the late-'60s Kinks crossed with a touch of the absurdist British wit of the Bonzo Dog Band, and you have an idea of the droll charm of Blossom Toes' debut album. Songwriters Brian Godding and Jim Cregan were the chief architects of the Toes' whimsical and melodic vision, which conjured images of a sun-drenched Summer of Love, London style. With its references to royal parks, tea time, watchmakers, intrepid balloon makers, "Mrs. Murphy's Budgerigar," and the like, it's a distinctly British brand of whimsy. It has since been revealed that sessionmen performed a lot of these orchestral arrangements, which embellished the band's sparkling harmonies and (semi-buried) guitars. But the cello, brass, flute, and tinkling piano have a delicate beauty that serves as an effective counterpoint. The group sings and plays as though they have wide grins on their faces, and the result is one of the happiest, most underappreciated relics of British psychedelia. [Ten bonus tracks were added to the 2007 Sunbeam edition.]

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:55 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:42 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:37 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:41 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:20 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:52 SpotifyAmazon
9 2:38 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:55 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:22 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:26 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
14
2:45 SpotifyAmazon
15 1:29 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:34
17 3:49 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
19 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
20 3:24 SpotifyAmazon
21
0:59
22 3:02 SpotifyAmazon
23 4:05 SpotifyAmazon
24 3:45
25 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
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