Kaleidoscope Unreleased Mixes on Numbered Limited Edition Colored 7" Vinyl
Unreleased Alternative Mixes from The Band's Personal Archives Unheard for Over 45 Years!
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With every passing decade since Kaleidoscope's demise, the band’s recorded legacy has continued to rank amongst the most highly prized artifacts that define the psychedelic genre. Their seminal debut album from 1967, Tangerine Dream is now considered to be one of the finest examples of English psychedelia with original copies of the album fetching in excess of $1,500. Similarly 1969’s heavier edged follow-up Faintly Blowing and 1970’s From Home to Home are also fetching hefty sums. The two tracks on this 7" are unreleased alternative mixes from the band’s own personal archives that have laid unheard for over 45 years – that is until now! Discovered only recently in in a dusty corner of lead singer Peter Daltrey's attic.
Peter explains how he acquired these now priceless artifacts: "After a long day-and-into-the-night recording at the Philips/Fontana Studio No 1 at Marble Arch, the band would request acetates of the day’s work to listen to at home. Dick Leahy (Philips/Fontana 60's A&R Legend) was always involved in the arrangements and instrumentation of each track in consultation with us. So at the end of the session, the engineer would dub down a mix of the track for us and then overnight we would go away and listen to the arrangements which (although almost always in mono) still gave us a fair idea of what the finished track would sound like. At the next session we would then pow-wow in the control room with a chain smoking Dick and come to an agreement on changes for overdub embellishments that might be required. Thus these acetates were an invaluable tool in helping us hone and craft each track and refine the Kaleidoscope Sound!"
Both tracks collected here: "Black Fjord" and "If You So Wish" have been taken from the band’s widely lauded second album Faintly Blowing and feature the first 'new' material that has surfaced from the band in close on 25 years. The version of "Black Fjord" features a band in the full throws of sonic experimentation with the vocals heavily drenched in reverb giving the impression of a band recording in some gigantic cathedral-like echo chamber! Whilst the version of "If You So wish" sees lead singer Peter Daltrey providing a tentative guide vocal during an orchestral session which provides a wonderful insight into the development of the track.
Fine attention has also been paid to the packaging which comes as a 7" foldout sleeve which reproduces the original artwork from the inner and outer gatefold album sleeve. Limited to just 500 copies it also comes hand numbered and pressed on beautiful colored vinyl, housed and protected by a PVC sleeve.