Get Ready To Fly: Pop Psych From The / Various


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Review Text Norman Petty, most famous for producing Buddy Holly (and, later, the Fireballs and Jimmy Gilmer), isn't known for garage rock or psychedelia. He did work with quite a few artists in those styles in the mid- to late '60s, however, from both the Southwest and elsewhere in North America. Enough such recordings have been found, in fact, to yield two extensive CD compilations on Big Beat, one of which (Now Hear This! Garage & Beat from the Norman Petty Vaults) focuses on the more garagey and British Invasion-minded of the sides. Get Ready to Fly: Pop-Psych from the Norman Petty Vaults has the more psychedelically-minded stuff from a slightly later era (the late '60s and very beginning of the '70s), about half of it previously unreleased. While it stands out among psychedelic obscurity compilations for the unlikely location of the source material, in most respects it's a pretty typical such anthology, if a little more varied than most. Fuzz guitar, odd sound and studio effects, penetrating organ, and trippy lyrics are all in abundance, though often in the kind of transitory, bandwagon-jumping fashion you might expect from bands named (to take a few examples from this comp) the Hooterville Trolley, the Apple-Glass Cyndrom, and the Butter Rebellion. There are also heavier traces of conscientious wistful pop/rock harmonies than there are in the most out-and-out psychedelia of the era. It kind of melts into each other a bit when played all at once, but there are some better-than-average cuts for the genre, like the 1968 "Groovy Motions" single by the Fireballs (the one well-known group here), which alternates between a fairly tough garage verse and quite creatively produced, delicately spacy bridge; and the Hooterville Trolley's "No Silver Bird," which has pretty wild eerie organ. The 1967 single "Acid," by Stu Mitchell with Wes Dakus' Rebels, is extreme even by weird psychedelic rarity standards, with hushed whispered vocals, a funereal pulse, tolling bells, and discordant scrapes and piano rumbles. The equivalent of a garage-psychedelic tour through a haunted house ("in a town called LSD" sings Mitchell, in case you don't get the point), it's the highlight, albeit a contrived one, of the entire compilation. ~ Richie Unterberger

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Groovy Motions - 3:47
  2. 2. No Silver Bird - 3:40
  3. 3. Someday - 4:47
  4. 4. Saying Things - 3:33
  5. 5. Ain't That Love - 3:52
  6. 6. Jolyn - 3:51
  7. 7. Just for a While - 3:36
  8. 8. Door Knob - 4:49
  9. 9. Poor Jane - 2:16
  10. 10. Aftermath - 2:23
  11. 11. I Know - 3:34
  12. 12. Silly Ants - 2:20
  13. 13. Lesson - 4:46
  14. 14. To Give Your Lovin' - 3:09
  15. 15. Yeah, Yeah, No, No - 2:04
  16. 16. Reflections of Mine - 3:23
  17. 17. Listen to What Is Never Said - 2:00
  18. 18. Magic in Her Eyes - 2:29
  19. 19. Going Wrong - 3:10
  20. 20. Mattie Jo's - 4:39
  21. 21. Think About It - 3:40
  22. 22. Not Fade Away - 3:31
  23. 23. Insane (The Jungle) - 2:26
  24. 24. Mystic Magic Movements - 3:37
  25. 25. Blue Man (Peace of Mind) - 3:43
  26. 26. Acid - 2:06

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