Monday, September 13, 2021

VA - Artefacts From The Psychedelic Dungeon [1990]


VA - Artefacts From The Psychedelic Dungeon [1990]

Originally released in 1990 as a box of 7" singles, this CD features rare singles: radio sessions and tracks previously officially unreleased This all-British compilation with mostly unreleased cuts or versions of cuts. The overwhelming majority of material here would pass as psychedelic by anyone's standards. It's about as inconsistent as they come. The fold-out cover card tells where each cut came from, but nothing else. still a great compilation of Psych obscurities and alternate mixes.... rough sound on a few tracks (...taken from acetates) but still an excellent collection of (...once) hard to find stuff. Recommended.

I don't remember where I picked up this hard-to-find CD. I don't know much about the release other than it contains the first two volumes of a 3 LP box set of the same name. Some sources I have seen indicate that it is a bootleg. The tracks are a mix of live BBC recordings, unreleased acetates, and rare versions of British sixties psychedelic classics. Many of the tracks have now resurfaced as part of recent artist-centered compilations but at the time I had heard very few of these tracks. The liner notes are sparse and simply provide a few words about the origin of each track, Pink Floyd on the front cover and Eddie Phillips of the Creation on the back cover. The sound is so-so but listenable considering the varied sources. A good cross-section of psych acts of the period. (Amazon)




Track lists

01 Pink Floyd Scream Thy Last Scream 4:41

02 Factory Path Through the Forest 4:01

03 Mirage Ebeneezer Beaver 2:17

04 Mirage Poor Mrs. Busby 2:32

05 Jason Crest Tea Garden Lane 4:11

06 Jason Crest You Really Got A Hold Of Me 4:12

07 Creation Sweet Helen 3:10

08 Jimmy Page She Just Satisfies 2:02

09 Mike Stuart Span Through The Looking Glass 4:55

10 Mike Stuart Span Children Of Tomorrow 3:21

11 St. Giles' System Swedish Tears 3:49

12 Pretty Things Turn My Head 2:52

13 Pretty Things Defecting Grey 3:27

14 Bunch Spare a Shilling 2:17

15 Bunch Looking Glass Alice 2:31

16 Move Hey Grandma 3:08

17 Move Stephanie Knows Who 2:29

18 Idle Race Imposters in Life's Magazine 2:16

19 Idle Race The Lady Who Said She Could Fly 2:17

20 Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera Flames 2:59

21 Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera All Along The Watchtower 2:58

22 Pink Floyd See Emily Play 2:42

23 Who Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere 2:51




  1. Sounds tempting BB. I may have to give it a shot :) Thank you!

    1. Hi George,
      Everything is worth a listen in my opinion. Its those albums that we say Nahhh to that can deliver the greatest surprises. I just sayin' ...


  2. When I see a picture of the Floyd from that time with Syd Barrett, I remember when I first put "The Piper at the Gates of Dawn" on my record player, the shock of the daylight !!!!

  3. Sounds very promising again, also because there are songs to be heard again that were not regularly in the charts but still deserve attention, thank you very much!

    1. You are welcome, WOODY.
      There is a lot to enjoy from this compilation.


  4. I will listen to these groovy sounds. Thanks.

  5. Dear Butterboy,

    The link for this compilation is no longer working. Any chance you could repost?

    Congratulations for your terrific blog, and I wish you a very happy new year 2024!!

    1. Hi louise.
      New links established, tested and working.