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Harvest SHVL 774.


One of my favourite albums ever – Rolling Stone\’s album of 1970 – and the perfect companion piece to the Beatles\’ own underrated masterpiece, \”Abbey Road\”. Unfortunately, the critical acclaim it gathered never did convert into commercial sales, and as a result this LP has lingered in warehouse recycling bins or dusty store shelves for far too long. As I waxed (pontificated) in a much earlier piece: \”As smokey brown as the Beatles\’ \”Abbey Road\” in places, but shimmering and translucent too as the best of Chilton & Bell\’s Big Star. A perfect pop masterpiece painted from a well rehearsed palette of limited colour, a perfect teenage summer\’s trip.\”

Phil May: vocals; Victor Unitt: lead guitar; John Povey: keyboards, sitar, vocals; Wally Allen (aka Waller): bass, guitar, vocals; Skip Alan: drums. Produced by Norman Smith. Engineered by Tony Clark.

PRETTY THINGS: THE GOOD MR. SQUARE / SHE WAS TALL, SHE WAS HIGH from \”Parachute\” LP (Harvest EMI) 1970 (UK) PURCHASE PARACHUTE

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