Monday, October 3, 2016

The 23rd Turnoff - The Dream Of Michaelangelo (1965-67 uk, marvelous beat psychedelia, 2004 remaster)



Although this 21-track compilation is credited to the 23rd Turnoff, in fact it's a combination of recordings by the Kirkbys, the mid-'60s Merseybeat group led by Jimmy Campbell, and the 23rd Turnoff, the more psychedelic band they evolved into in 1967. It reveals Campbell as perhaps the most unheralded talent to come out of the Liverpool '60s rock scene, as he was a songwriter capable of both spinning out engaging Merseybeat and -- unlike almost every other artist from the city, with the notable exception of the Beatles -- making the transition to quality, dreamy psychedelia. Both sides of all three of the Kirkbys' 1965-1966 singles are here, as well as a bunch of unreleased recordings and outtakes by the group, all written or co-written by Campbell.

While there's no obvious hit among them, they're catchy, Beatles-influenced tracks, showing some folk-rock and Revolver influence on the later efforts. The 23rd Turnoff material (much of it previously unissued) is more adventurous, though still retaining Campbell's knack for solid vocal harmony-driven melodies, with "Flowers Are Flowering" sounding very much like Roger McGuinn singing something off Revolver. "Michael Angelo," the A-side of the sole 23rd Turnoff single, is certainly the highlight, and indeed a highlight of 1967 British psychedelia as a whole in its hazy bittersweet swirl; you also get not one, but two unreleased studio versions of the same tune as well.

It seems as if Campbell needed just a bit more encouragement, and his groups just a little more studio time, to develop into a notable British psychedelic group that could combine solid pop melodies, sophisticated lyrics and arrangements, and touches of English whimsy. Unfortunately they didn't get that chance, but what's here is satisfying on its own terms, bolstered by thorough liner notes explaining the complicated Campbell/Kirkbys/23rd Turnoff saga. 
by Richie Unterberger
Tracks
1. 'Cos My Baby's Gone (J.J. Campbell, John Lloyd, Joe Marooth, Alby Power, Mervyn Sharpe) - 2:15
2. Don't You Want Me No More (J.J. Campbell, John Lloyd, Joe Marooth, Alby Power, Mervyn Sharpe) - 2:27
3. Don't You Want Me No More (J.J. Campbell, John Lloyd, Joe Marooth, Alby Power, Mervyn Sharpe) - 2:13
4 .She'll Get No Lovin' That Way (John Lloyd) - 2:10
5. Bless You (Single Version)  (J.J. Campbell, Joe Marooth, John Lloyd, Alby Power, Mervyn Sharpe) - 1:55 6. Bless You (J.J. Campbell, Joe Marooth, John Lloyd, Alby Power, Mervyn Sharpe) - 1:54
7. It's a Crime - 2:15
8. I've Never Been So Much in Love - 2:14
9. Dreaming - 2:29
10.Flowers Are Flowering - 3:19
11.(Not) A Penny in My Pocket - 2:34
12.I'll Be 'Round - 2:34
13.Michaelangelo - 2:09
14.Another Vincent Van Gogh - 2:19
15.Mother's Boy - 2:18
16.I'll Be with You - 2:23
17.You Sing Your Own Song - 2:15
18.Michaelangelo - 2:17
19.(Not) A Penny in My Pocket - 2:14
20.Leave Me Here - 2:55
21.Michael Angelo - 2:24
All songs by Jimmy Campbell except where indicated
Tracks 1-8 as The Kirkbys
Tracks 9-21 as The 23rd Turnoff


The Kirkbys *Jimmy Campbell - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar *John Lloyd - Lead Guitar, Vocals *Alby Power - Bass *Gerry Savage - Vocals *Kenny Goodlass - Drums (1964-65, 1966) *Marvyn Sharpe - Drums, (1965-66)
The 23rd Turnoff
*Jimmy Campbell - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
*John Lloyd - Lead Guitar, Vocals
*Alby Power - Bass
*Kenny Goodlass - Drums
Related Act
1969  Jimmy Campbell - Son Of Anastasia (2009 remaster with bonus Tracks)
1972  Jimmy Campbell - Jimmy Campbell's Album (2009 remaster)
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5 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this CD...I used IMGBurn to burn a CD-R for this cue file...there are other ways but I like IMGBurn (free program) better.

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  2. well this seems very promising! many thanks!

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  3. Never heard of them, but based on YouTube, I'm D/L Thanks Marios

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  4. this was a real nice surprise, there are some really interesting tunes on this, Thanks Marios

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