The second box in as many years of a truckload of obscure British psychedelia. Here are ten more CDs' worth of serious rarities by some bands that barely scratched the surface of the British freakbeat scene during rock's golden era, and a few who went on to other things. In all, there are 128 cuts here, all compiled and annotated by Phil Smee – of Perfumed Garden fame (also issued by Past And Present). While some of these acts, such as the Poets, the Human Instinct, Outer Limits, and Denny Laine left marks on the scene, as did mod bands such as les Fleur De Lys and the Buzz; many others came from the swamp and returned with only these few minutes of glory for all of their efforts.
Originally appearing on LP from the Bam Caruso label in the 1980s, and then on CD on the Past & Present imprint in 2003, these first ten volumes (boxed) in the Rubble Collection were conceived and collected by Phil Smee. For fans of the Nuggets series, both the two American volumes and the British Nuggets, you won't find a lot of overlap. The Nuggets comps were and are for people who want what was at least the stuff of legend, if not readily available. The collection here digs deep and are, for the most part, flawless in what they present. This set, and its companion volumes 11-20 (a separate box), are very different creatures. For starters, they dig a lot deeper into the hopelessly obscure 45s and tapes of Brit psychedelia, freakbeat, Mod, and pop.
Très Chic! is the sequel to C'est Chic!, the top-selling celebration of French girl singers of the 1960s released on our Ace International imprint a couple of years back. The collection spans the years 1964 to 1969 and is available in 24-track CD and 12-track deluxe vinyl album formats.Serge Gainsbourg, eminence grise of Gallic girl pop, is represented on the CD version via Attends Ou Va-T'en by France Gall, Comment Te Dire Adieu by Françoise Hardy, Au Risque De Te Deplaire by Marie-Blanche Vergne, Les Papillons Noirs by Michèle Arnaud and Sous Le Soleil Exactement by iconic singing actress Anna Karina. Other highlights include Tut, Tut, Tut, Tut, a cool French cover of US girl group the Lollipops' Busy Signal by Roger Vadim discovery Gillian Hills, and Jacqueline Taïeb's 7 AM, the rare English language version of her celebrated 7 Heures Du Matin. Hand-picked titles by Annie Philippe, Elsa, Violaine, Pussy Cat, Brigitte Bardot, Delphine, Liz Brady, Valérie Lagrange and Violaine complete the set. The accompanying 20-page booklet features an illustrated track commentary by Ace's in-house yé-yé fanatics Mick Patrick and Malcolm Baumgart.