Thursday, March 25, 2021

VA - If It Ain't Baroque... Vol. 01 (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)



VA - If It Ain't Baroque... Vol. 01 (A Butterboy Compilation) (3 x CD's)

Baroque pop (sometimes called baroque rock) is a fusion genre that combines rock music with particular elements of classical music. It emerged in the mid 1960s as artists pursued a majestic, orchestral sound and is identifiable for its appropriation of Baroque compositional styles (contrapuntal melodies and functional harmony patterns) and dramatic or melancholic gestures. Harpsichords figure prominently, while oboes, French horns, and string quartets are also common.  Although harpsichords had been deployed for a number of pop hits since the 1940's, starting in the 1960's, some record producers increasingly placed the instrument in the foreground of their arrangements.  Inspired partly by the Beatles' song "In My Life" (1965), various groups were incorporating baroque and classical instrumentation by early 1966. The term "baroque rock" was coined in promotional material for the Left Banke, who used harpsichords and violins in their arrangements and whose 1966 song "Walk Away Renée" exemplified the style.  Baroque pop's mainstream popularity faded by the 1970's, partially because punk rock, disco and hard rock took over; nonetheless, music was still produced within the genre's tradition. Philadelphia soul in the 1970's and chamber pop in the 1990's both incorporated the spirit of baroque pop while the latter contested much of the time's low fidelity musical aesthetic.  (Wikipedia)

Baroque pop is to pop music what progressive rock is to rock music. Its more complex forms and song structures involve ambitious movements and varied instrumentation. The term ‘baroque pop’ originated in 1960's music journalism, referring to a trend of using harpsichord in pop songs.



Track lists

Vol.1 CD1

01 Rolling Stones Dandelion 3:31

02 Carpenters Druscilla Penny 2:14

03 Wallance Collection Daydream 4:13

04 Billy Nicholls Daytime Girl 2:43

05 Graham Gouldman Impossible Years 2:38

06 Cat Stevens I'm Gonna Be King 2:29

07 Neon Philharmonic Midsummer Night 5:48

08 Zombies Brief Candles 3:30

09 Ars Nova Pavan for My Lady 2:43

10 Harry Nilsson Mournin' Glory Story 2:17

11 Sidewalk Skipper Band Sidewalk Skipper Band - Cynthia at the Garden 2:37

12 Move Mist on a Monday Morning 2:30

13 Nick Drake Fly 2:51

14 Lovin' Spoonful Rain on the Roof 2:13

15 Yellow Balloon Stained Glass Window 2:03

16 Gene Clark 1 the French Girl 2:39

17 Chad & Jeremy Sunstroke 4:10

18 In-Keepers The Cobweb Threads of Autumn 2:53

19 Jimmy Campbell Loving You is All I Do 3:11

20 Left Banke Shadows Breaking Over My Head 2:37

21 Beatles Fixing a Hole 2:38

Vol.1 CD2

22 Bee Gees Turn of the Century [Early Version] 2:23

23 Neil Macarthur (Aka Colin Blunstone) World of Glass 2:27

24 Cilla Black If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind 2:49

25 Del Shannon Mind Over Matter (Mono Version) 2:57

26 Twice as Much True Story 2:42

27 Duncan Browne Give Me Take You 3:15

28 Everly Brothers Bowling Green 2:54

29 Monkees (I Prithee) Do Not Ask for Love 3:00

30 Kaleidoscope (Uk) The Sky Children 8:00

31 Rose Garden Flower Tone 3:18

32 Stained Glass Lady in Lace (Non-Lp A-Side) 2:41

33 Turtles Lady-O 2:53

34 Beau Brummels Magic-Hollow 2:51

35 Grateful Dead Mountains of the Moon 4:02

36 Free Design One By One 3:50

37 Buffalo Springfield The Hour of Not Quite Rain 3:40

38 Big Star The India Song 2:14

39 Small Faces Show Me the Way 2:09

40 Wishful Thinking This Time Tomorrow 2:54

41 Idle Race The Lady Who Said She Could Fly 2:22

42 Kinks Too Much on My Mind 2:28

Vol.1 CD3

43 Aphrodite's Child Rain and Tears 3:06

44 Divine Comedy Geronimo 1:53

45 Stranglers Golden Brown 3:27

46 Hollies Ye Olde Toffee Shoppe 2:21

47 Merry-Go-Round You're a Very Lovely Woman 2:50

48 Blades of Grass You Won't Find That Girl 2:19

49 Kippington Lodge And She Cried 2:48

50 Love Andmoreagain 3:16

51 Rolling Stones Lady Jane (Mono) 3:09

52 John Cale Paris 1919 4:23

53 Paul Williams Trust 2:47

54 Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges Um Girassol Da Cor De Seu Cabelo 4:12

55 Appaloosa Tulu Rogers 3:58

56 Kensington Market I Know You 1:58

57 Spanky and Our Gang Sunday Will Never Be the Same 2:59

58 Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band The Equestrian Statue 2:49

59 David Bowie Rubber Band (Single Version) 2:04

60 Tom Northcott Other Times 2:02

62 Nirvana (Uk) Pentecost Hotel 2:58

63 Procol Harum A Whiter Shade of Pale 4:03




  1. Replies
    1. Hi Crab Devil,
      Hope you will enjoy these selections.


  2. The perfect compilation thanks so much Butterboy!

    1. Thanks for the high praise, Steve. Appreciated.

  3. Thank you, love your blog nice post and theme, might one suggest a post with baroque pop featuring harpsichord ?

    1. Hi Nimrod,
      Glad you are into Baroque pop.
      Most of these tracks have harpsichord but a compilation just about Harpsichord could be fun.

  4. Youv'e done it again ! Another beautiful varied compilation, ensuring a happy listening experience for all your followers. Thanks again Butterboy !

    1. Thanks danbis 1008.
      I hope you will enjoy this compilation and the next volume.


  5. Really looking forward to this, thannks!

  6. Great compilation, thank you to share it.

    1. Hi dr.bigsound,
      Sounds like you will have fun listening to this set.


  7. And another great compilation... How do you do it? Doesn't really matter, HAPPY you do!

    1. Hi manufan99,
      Thanks very you much. Enjoy the music that is here


  8. A GOOD ONE! Looking forward to these. I think unless a harpsichord is featured this genre and style can be somewhat difficult to pigeonhole... so I'm glad that didn't deter you from going for Baroque!

    1. Hi mrRadio,
      Is a fun genre.
      I tried to place some songs without overt harpsichord rhythms.
      Hope you enjoy this and Volume 2 posted earlier (but.. later than this one)


  9. Wonderful stuff. BTW am doing a mixtape based on your "slightly psychedelic folk compilation" today at

    1. Hi Wondermouse.
      Great news.
      Please send a link so I can listen to what you put together.


  10. The finest Grapefruit clamshell box that Grapefruit never made.

    Although, if they had, it woulda been called something LET'S ALL PUT ON PUFFY PIRATE SHIRTS AND CRAVATS: Orchestrated Psychedelic Pop 1966-73. (Minus all of the American, Australian & Greek bands, of course.)

    Great work, BB. AND there's a Part 2!

    Nix on the clamshell, though. Oh well - y'can't have everything.

  11. What a great theme. Looking forward to listening and following the connections

    1. Hi Domenic Ciccone (AKA Martooni),
      Lot of great tunes here to hear. Enjoy!