.. SEA: THE ROOTS OF BRITISH POWER POP 1969-1975
• Four-hour anthology of recordings that anticipated the late 70s Power Pop movement
• Featuring Badfinger, Slade, The Move, Stealers Wheel, Pilot, Dave Edmunds, Brinsley Schwarz, Honeybus, The Kinks, The Who, etc
While the early 70s musical landscape in Britain was largely
dominated by introspective singer/songwriters, Bubblegum Pop and
underground Rock bands, a handful of acts bravely continued to pursue
the classic mid-60s group sound.
With the aid of increasingly sophisticated recording studios, they
majored in crisp, muscular, hook-laden three-minute pop songs, bursting
with chiming Rickenbacker guitars, irresistible choruses and
Beatles/Beach Boys-inspired close harmonies.
A few (Slade, Pilot, the ill-starred Badfinger) found commercial
success, but the likes of Starry Eyed And Laughing, Shape Of The Rain
and Octopus proved to be the right bands at the wrong time – too late
for the British Invasion that had swept America in the mid-60s, too
early to hitch a ride on the late 70s Power Pop bandwagon.
‘Miles Out To Sea’ assembles the pick of these recordings, with
household names and hit singles (including The First Class’s classic
Beach Boys cop ‘Beach Baby’) joined by cult Power Pop names (Rockin’
Horse, Liverpool Echo, Pagliaro) obscure one-off 45s (Atlantis, Fresh
Air, Big Star-soundalikes Rotten To The Core), cuts from
privately-pressed or non-UK albums (Rusty, Shakane, Majority One,
Ironbridge) and many unreleased-at-the-time tracks (including
pre-Records band The Fabulous Ratbites From Hell and a previously-
unissued demo by pre-Rusty act Sheephouse, who cut a collectable Decca
Featuring a clamshell box design that houses a lavishly-annotated and
illustrated 48-page booklet, ‘Miles Out To Sea’ is a fascinating
document of a musical genre that would only really be identified and
cherished after the fact. File under Pure-Pop-For-Then-People.