Saturday, February 21, 2015

Picadilly Line - 1967 - The Huge World Of Emily Small

Picadilly Line 
The Huge World Of Emily Small

01. Emily Small (The Huge World Thereof)
02. Silver Paper Dress
03. At The Third Stroke
04. Can You See Me?
05. Your Dog Won't Bark
06. How Could You Say You're Leaving Me?
07. Gone, Gone, Gone
08. Twiggs
09. Tumble Down World
10.Visions Of Johanna
11.Come And Sing A Song
12.Her Name Is Easy
13.Rosemary's Bluebell Day
14.Gunny Sunside
15.Country Girl
16.No One Else Can See
17.Yellow Rainbow
18.I Know, She Believes
19.Evenings With Corinna
20.My Best Friend
21.Memories Fade
22.I Can Tell You Everything

The Picadilly Line
*Roger Hand - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
*Rod Edwards - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Guest Musicians
*Norrie McLean - Bass Guitar   (tracks: 17 to 20)
*Herbie Flowers - Bass (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Mo Foster - Bass (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Danny Thompson - Double Bass [String] (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Barry Morgan - Drums  (tracks: 1 to 16) ,
*Dougie Wright - Drums  (tracks: 1 to 16) ,
*Keith Hodge - Drums  (tracks: 17 to 20)
*Tony Carr - Drums, Percussion  (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Harold McNair - Flute (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Alan Parker - Guitar  (tracks: 1 to 16) ,
*Colin Green - Guitar  (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Alan Hawkshaw - Keyboards (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Roger Coulam- Keyboards (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Harry Stoneham - Organ (tracks: 1 to 16)
*Jan Barber - Vocals  (tracks: 17 to 20)

Tracks 1 to 12: Recorded at: De Lane Lee Studios, Kingsway in the Summer of 1967
Tracks 13 to 16: Recorded Autumn 1967 at CBS Studios, Bond Street for a projected second album; unreleased
Tracks 17 & 18: Recorded Autumn 1967 at CBS Studios, Bond Street; released July 1968
Tracks 19 & 20: Recorded Autumn 1967 at CBS Studios, Bond Street; released October 1968
Tracks 21 & 22. Demos recorded in the autumn of 1967

The Picadilly Line's The Huge World Of Emily Small is one of those albums that just seems to have slipped under the radar of most UK pop psych collectors. As such, it has never been re-issued in any form! The band (essentially a duo led by Rod Edwards and Roger Hand, who would later record as Edwards Hand) flourished briefly in the late '60s releasing this one album.

With them is the cream of UK session men including Danny Thompson (bass), Alan Hawkshaw (keys), Herbie Flowers (bass) and Harold McNair (flute). The Picadilly Line even managed an appearance at The Middle Earth club in London, the then hallowed centre of the UK psychedelic scene. The album is breezy post-Sgt. Pepper psychedelic pop with plenty of swinging London vibes, orchestration and evocative whimsical lyrics.

Reference points are a psychedelic Hollies, Chad and Jeremy (circa Of Cabbages and Kings) Nirvana, Kaleidoscope (UK), World Of Oz, Donovan and The Bee Gees. Filled with beautiful dreamy vocal harmonies and elaborate electric and acoustic arrangements, this is a real trip back to the height of UK Flower Power.

All material is original except for a great version of Dylan's 'Visions of Johanna' and The Everly Brothers' 'Gone, Gone Gone.' Features ten unreleased bonus tracks exclusive to this CD, including their non-album singles 'Yellow Rainbow'/'Evenings with Corinna' and 'Evening with Corinna'/'My Best Friend,' both from 1968. Digitally re-mastered from the original master tapes and re-released with full consent of the producer and band. Booklet includes unseen photos from the period and band biography and the CD features ten bonus tracks.