Wednesday, June 9, 2021

VA - Gathered from Coincidence The British Folk-Pop Sound of 1965-1966 [2018] (3 x CD's)



VA - Gathered from Coincidence The British Folk-Pop Sound of 1965-1966 [2018] (3 x CD's)

Taking it's title from verse two of Bob Dylan's song “It's All Over Now, Baby Blue”, this new collection from the Grapefruit label sets out to explore “The British Folk-Pop Sound of 1965-66”.

Prior to the early Sixties, folk and pop musicians inhabited largely different worlds. There were folk records that had become crossover pop hits, but in essence there was little or no common ground in terms of instrumentation or ideologies. But in the wake of the British beat/R&B boom (or, if you were in America, the British Invasion) and the emergence of Bob Dylan, such barriers were broken down for good. With British acts making music that, for the first time in nascent pop history, matched the quality of their American counterparts, suddenly everything was grist to the mill and musical cross-pollination was almost de rigueur. Dylan and The Beatles impacted heavily on each other, while The Byrds were pitched midway between the two - although their combination of jingle-jangle guitars and world-weary harmonies was heavily indebted to folk-pop pioneers The Searchers. By 1965, the folk-pop nexus was at it's glorious peak. That was particularly true in Britain, which saw many variations on the basic pop-meets-folk theme (in America, folk-rock had a relatively homogenised sound). Across three CD's and 79 tracks, Gathered From Coincidence examines every aspect of the British mid-Sixties folk-pop boom, incorporating Dylan-inspired singer/songwriters with a commercial pop sensibility, the more introverted beat groups, Marianne Faithfull-inspired female chanteuses and R&B hoodlums in newly-pensive mode, all bound together by the 6 or 12-string thrum or Rickenbacker clang. Ranging from massive chart hits to records that barely sold in double figures, Gathered From Coincidence includes the true believers, the musical dilettantes, the young wannabes, the cash-in merchants, the old guard looking to resuscitate a fading career and, of course, the earnest protest singers - and, just for good measure, we've also rounded up a handful of folksploitation discs from those positioning themselves for roughly three minutes as anti-protest protesters. With a significant number of tracks making their CD debut and even a couple of previously unissued cuts, Gathered From Coincidence is a fascinating, even revelatory overview of a still largely-neglected stitch in pop's unending tapestry, that curiously downbeat two-year period between the dying embers of the beat boom's irresistible exuberance and the arrival of psychedelia's swirling multi-coloured hues. (Amazon)



Track lists


01 Searchers Take Me for What I'm Worth 2:42

02 Peter & Gordon Morning's Calling 2:54

03 Marianne Faithful Come and Stay With Me 2:26

04 Tony Jackson Group Follow Me 2:53

05 Terry Kennedy & John Carter It's Your Turn to Cry 2:48

06 Fenmen Rejected 2:15

07 Poets I Love Her Still 1:46

08 Kytes Frosted Panes 2:14

09 Twinkle Golden Lights 2:33

10 Chosen Few I Won't Be Round You Anymore 2:44

11 Factotums Absolutely Sweet Marie 3:03

12 Kenny Bernard Hey Woman 3:01

13 Caravelles Hey Mama You've Been on My Mind 2:29

14 Zombies Don't Go Away 2:34

15 Beatmen Now the Sun Has Gone 2:40

16 Times Think About the Times 2:17

17 Michael Leslie Penny Arcade 2:14

18 Marc Bolan Beyond the Risin' Sun 1:44

19 Olivia Newton-John Till You Say You'll Be Mine 2:37

20 Mirage (Feat Graham Nash) Go Away 1:51

21 Knack It's All Leading Up to Saturday Night 2:34

22 Five Steps Beyond You've Cooled 2:35

23 Epics There's Just No Pleasing You 2:18

24 Gullivers People Spleandour in the Grass 2:16

25 Foresters Mr Smith 3:01

26 Cops 'n Robbers It's All Over Now Baby Blue 3:38


01 Other Side Like a Rolling Stone 3:54

02 Barbara Ruskin Well, How Does it Feel 2:41

03 David & Jonathan Lovers of the World Unite 2:35

04 Donovan Catch the Wind 2:17

05 Alan Klein Age of Corruption 3:34

06 Guy Darrell Blessed 3:22

07 Gary Benson That Man's Got No Luck 2:45

08 Hedgehoppers Anonymous It's Good News Week 2:07

09 Dave Helling Bells 3:09

10 Hollies Very Last Day 2:59

11 Bill Fay Sometime Never Day 2:04

12 Slade Brothers Don't You Cry Over Me 2:15

13 Folk Blues Incorperated When the Ship Comes In 2:49

14 Ugly's Wake Up My Mind 2:49

15 Nicholas Hammond Please Don't Switch Off The Moon Mr. Spaceman 2:21

16 Micha The Protest Singer 3:04

17 Four Pennies Square Peg 1:55

18 First Gear Gotta Make Their Future Bright 2:01

19 Murray Head The Bells of Rhymney 2:55

20 Jonathan King Don't Talk to Me of Protest 2:17

21 Five's Company Dejection (Demo) 2:40

22 Mick Softley With the Summer Sons That's Not My Kind of Love 3:08

23 Sorrows Don't Sing No Sad Songs for Me 2:22

24 Tommy Yates Rattle of a Toy 2:07

25 John Cassidie Talkin' Denmark Street 4:12

26 Ian Campbell Folk Group The Times They Are A-Changin 3:07


01 Silkie You've Got to Hide Your Love Away 2:13

02 Kinks Wait Till the Summer Comes Along 2:08

03 Peter Nelson Don't Make Promisise (You Can' 2:27

04 Adam Faith Cheryl's Going Home 2:18

05 Manfred Mann If You Gotta Go, Go Now 2:32

06 Davey Graham I'm Looking Through You 2:04

07 Jon-Mark Night Comes Down 2:32

08 Settlers Early Morning Rain 2:56

09 Greta Ann Sadness Hides the Sun 2:51

10 Dana Gillespie Thank You Boy 2:06

11 Compromise Love Minus Zero No Limit 3:27

12 Justin Hayward Day Must Come 1:56

13 Meic Stevens The Clown in the Alley 3:52

14 Frugal Sound I'm on Your Side 1:50

15 Pretty Things London Town 2:27

16 Beverley Picking Up the Sunshine (Aka Berts Blues) 4:06

17 Nightshift Corrina Corrina 2:31

18 Sarah Jane Listen People 2:46

19 Chad & Jeremy Four Strong Winds 2:40

20 Greenbeats So Sad to Watch Good Love Go Bad 2:48

21 Heinz With the Wild Boys Don't Think Twice It's Alright 2:41

22 Ramblers Two Today is the Highway 2:41

23 Overlanders Love is Strange 2:46

24 Chas McDevitt & Shirley Douglas Subterranean Homesick Blues 2:22

25 Shadows Mary-Anne 2:26

26 Seekers The Carnival is Over 3:13

27 Tony Hatch Sound Theme From Crossroads 2:01




  1. You've done it again another great collection from you, some good listening here

    1. Hi Canny Lad,
      Been listening to a lot of folk rock/ Folk music lately.
      This is a good one. More this week too.


  2. Fantastic. Thanks again your generosity and great ears BB.

    1. Thank Phillip.
      Enjoy the music, always.


  3. Thank you! It's interesting that this one includes many artists who
    are not usually associated with "folk-pop" (let alone "folk"). I'm
    looking forward to hearing it.

    1. Hi Crab Devil.
      That is one of the attractions for me. Its a lovely compilation.


  4. Hi Butter
    I see you are releasing a lot of the superb boxes from Grapefruit Records. I am looking for this:
    I Said, She Said, Ah Cid - The Exploito Psych World Of Alshire Records 1967-71
    Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Jose,
      Sorry to disappoint but I actually don't have this one. I remember when it first came out but somehow missed it.

      If there is anyone who visits this blog that would like to fill Jose's request please do so in these comments.I also would be grateful for a copy.


  5. Thanks so much, my friend. Like always, an excellent compilations. Cheers

    1. Hi juan manuel muñoz,
      Thank you and enjoy.