Various Artists

We Can Fly, Vol. 4

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The fourth volume of this five-part series of rarities from the late-'60s/early-'70s psychedelic era -- mostly British, though a few performers from outside the U.K. slip in -- is, like all the others, something of an "OK if you like that sort of thing" proposition. It's the underbelly below the surface of the best such music from the time and style not to become commercially successful, of which there was quite a lot. Most of these cuts are representative of the style (and of early progressive rock and the late British Invasion period as well as psychedelia), and as a whole are certainly diverse. But there's little here that's especially exciting, and actually not much in the way of rarities by name performers, other than Terry Reid (represented by his 1968 B-side "Fire Alive"), the Mindbenders (the 1967 B-side "My New Day and Age"), and perhaps Eire Apparent (the Irish group most noted for having been produced by Jimi Hendrix). Les Baroques (from Holland) and the Rokes (a British group based in Italy) have their admirers too, and the Rokes' "When the Wind Arises," with a greater folk-rock base than most of the other cuts on the CD, is one of their best tracks. Derivative songs that beg unfavorable comparisons to their influences can be a problem, the Orange Machine's "Dr. Crippen's Waiting Room" sounding a little like a mash-up between the Move and Tomorrow.

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