Although vintage British psychedelia is viewed by many these days as an Alice In Wonderland-style enchanted garden full of beatific flower children innocently gathering flowers or chasing butterflies, there was always a more visceral element to the scene. Pointedly free of such fripperies as scarlet tunic-wearing gnomes, phenomenal cats and talismanic bicycles, the power trio format that was popularised by the likes of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience spawned a host of imitators. As the Sixties drew to a close and pop evolved slowly but inexorably into rock, psychedelia gave way to a sound that was harder, leaner, heavier, louder.
Good news for KISS fans as another album featuring some rare material has been released. The Many Faces Of Kiss album features a Vinnie Vincent demo, the original demo of “Is That You?” from its original writer and covers of KISS classics by groups such as Shameless, Ron Keel (with Richard Kendrick) and Loaded Dice.
The Many Faces Of Oasis celebrates the Britpop band by taking a journey through the band's rich history. Disc One features tracks by bands that featured former or future Oasis members including Hurricane #1 (with Andy Bell), Dr. Robert (with Alan White), Simon Townshend (with Zak Starkey) and others. Disc Two continues the theme form Disc One and features performances by All Star Band (with Noel Gallagher and Gem Archer), Parlour Flames (with Bonehead) and Phoneys And The Freaks (also with Bonehead). Disc Three includes tracks from their British Pop/Rock contemporaries including Inspiral Carpets, Lloyd Cole, 999, Martin Carr (Boo Radleys) and more.