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The Flower Pot Men-Walk in the Sky: The Very Best of the Flower Pot Men

The Flower Pot Men

Walk in the Sky: The Very Best of the Flower Pot Men

Format: CD   Release Date: 03/09/2004
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  1. Let's Go to San Francisco, Pts. 1-2 [Original Mono Version] 6:14
  2. Mythological Sunday 5:34
  3. Blow Away 5:51
  4. Say Goodbye to Yesterday [Alternate Version][#] 3:03
  5. Let's Go Back to San Francisco, Pt. 1-2 5:08
  6. Now and Then [#] 4:30
  7. A Walk in the Sky 3:52
  8. Cooks of Cake and Kindness [Alternate Version][#][Mix] 3:11
  9. White Dove 4:09
  10. Children of Tomorrow 7:58
  11. Let's Go to San Francisco, Pts. 1-2 [Stereo Version] 6:18
  12. E=MC2/Musha Hada [#] 10:56
  13. Let's Go to San Francisco, Pts. 1-2 [Enhanced CD Track][*] 3:59

Entirely recorded between 1967 and 1969, this anthology's a little curious in that it's neither a best-of, nor an absolutely comprehensive roundup of everything the Flowerpot Men did. Compiled by John Carter (who wrote and produced their material, often in conjunction with Ken Lewis), it highlights the trippiest, most psychedelic facets of their repertoire. The big hit "Let's Go to San Francisco" is here -- in fact, parts one and two are both here, in mono and stereo versions -- though some songs that appeared on their singles are missing. Three tracks are presented in alternate versions, while the 11-minute "E=MC2/Musha Hada" was previously unreleased. Getting past all that, you'll find this to be surprisingly credible pop-psychedelia, though "Let's Go to San Francisco" has given them the tag of a one-shot novelty band. "Mythological Sunday" has commendably dreamy production, with that uniquely British synthesis of Mellotron, quasi-classical piano, hazy harmonies, and exotic production trickery that doesn't quite overwhelm the song. "Blow Away" is one of the most dead-on emulations of the Byrds you're going to come across, down to the McGuinn-esque vocals and 12-string guitar ring. "Say Goodbye to Yesterday" is acceptable late-'60s Beatles-like studio pop, and "Walk in the Sky" is kind of like the Four Seasons or the Tokens on acid. This is too sweet and frothy to qualify as major work, but it's got enough of that British fairy dust to make it worthwhile for psychedelic fans. It certainly demonstrates there was more to this band (largely a studio creation) than novelty, despite the inclusion of "Let's Go Back to San Francisco Parts 1 2," a somewhat contrived follow-up to their big hit. An enhanced CD bonus track has a TV clip of the Flowerpot Men lip-syncing to "Let's Go to San Francisco" in 1967. ~ Richie Unterberger, Rovi

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