First Ever Band Endorsed Reissue Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Pete Kember with Bonus 7" featuring 2 Previously Unreleased Tracks
This seminal album of quintessential English psychedelia is one of the most highly prized artifacts that define the psychedelic genre and like some of the most highly collected and prized albums from that time, mint copies can now go for way in excess of $1,300. Given the record's rarity and collectibility, matched to the recent explosive interest in all things psyche, garage and underground, you would think that this slice of perfect late 60's progressive underground pop would have been given the full reissue and remastering treatment already. Surprisingly though, you would be very much mistaken. But to those of you who know the checkered history of Kaleidoscope this will perhaps come as no surprise.
Thankfully after three years of painstaking detective work, chance encounters with Universal archivists, heavy negotiations with major label legal executives and some good fortune, the record will finally not only get its first proper official reissue in over five decades, but thanks to a lot of pure persistence it can now be presented to its listeners in the manner in which it was supposed to have been heard, following the discovery of a batch of the original master tapes that were languishing in the vaults of Universal that have laid largely unheard for 50 years!
Following a couple of shared festival billings at Austin and Copenhagen Psyche Festival, with another legend of the scene, Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 fame, Sonic has been holed up in his Lisbon studio, painstakingly remastering the album from the original ¼" tapes. This 50th Anniversary release includes two unreleased outtakes from 1967 on a bonus 7" housed in a replica original paper thin Fontana sleeve which features an early version of the track that gave the band their name whilst the flip presents an alternative earliest known recorded version of the album's follow-up single: "Dream For Julie."
The album itself, has been cut onto 180g heavyweight vinyl housed in a first time inner sleeve with new artwork, and comes packaged in a deluxe high-end gatefold tip-on sleeve with printed lyrics and new artwork.
• First ever official reissue fully endorsed by the band
• 180g vinyl pressing
• Remastered by Pete Kember of Spacemen 3 from original master tapes
• Bonus 7" with 2 previously unreleased tracks (also remastered from original master tapes by Pete Kember)
• First ever inner sleeve with new artwork
• Housed in newly expanded heavyweight gatefold GZ tip-on sleeve with new artwork featuring lyrics