Paul McCartney – Egypt Station 2018 Album Review ….

Well in Macca! Egypt Station is a proper McCartney album, and in my opinion as solid as his 2005 album Chaos and Creation in the Backyard. Paul sounds full of fun & energy, the voice is sounding good & the songs are varied & as melodic as some of his best.
The production definitely plays it’s part in lifting the album to a standard that an artist like Paul McCartney deserves. It’s atmospheric & earthy in places, ultra poppy in others. There are stand out cuts of course, but it certainly works as a whole piece without the need for skipping… well almost.. The Marmite track on Egypt Station is “Fuh You”. It sticks out a bit to & disturbs the flow a little.  This is probably down to the change in producer for that one track. Ryan Tedder (previously worked with Backstreet Boys, Ed Sheeran, One Direction) produced “Fuh You” & also had a hand in writing it. The sped up vocal responses in the choruses for instance may not have been added if it was produced by the albums main producer Greg Kurstin (previously worked with Beck, The Shins, Foo Fighters). It maybe shouldn’t have been considered for the album & instead released as a separate EP with the other McCartney/Tedder collaborations from the same sessions. Some people (not me) can’t stand “Ebony & Ivory” yet it closes one of McCartney’s finest solo albums, and like “Tug of War” I reckon in time “Egypt Station” will be regarded as one of Pauls finest solo albums. A triumph.

Take it Away – The Complete Paul McCartney Archive Podcast Review

We’ve been enjoying this podcast series by Ryan Brady & Chris Mercer. Each Episode picks apart a McCartney solo or Wings album, track by track, in chronological order.

For McCartney fans, this podcast promises “no more lonely nights” (yesss!) & car journeys from heaven. Ryan & Chris’ love for McCartney is palpable & they have clearly done their homework in prep for each episode. They have a good handle on the history of each track & comprehensive knowledge regarding the technical side of the recordings.

As well as the history, the recording details & the general Macca chit chat, they play generous snippets of each track they discuss. Which is always nice when people are discussing the details of a song. Whether it’s talking about music, a scene from a film or whatever, it’s helpful to have that instant reference. The show always begins with a nice cheesy, Macca friendly synth version of “Martha My Dear”, which is sure to kick off each episode for you with a smile.

I was surprised at which of the tracks they deemed as mediocre or disliked. You’re always gonna get that on a series like this though. It makes for a good back & fourth between you & the podcast. Throughout the series I would occasionally find myself responding to them in disbelief.. “what?? “That Would be Something?? I LOVE THAT!” or.. “the medley on Red Rose Speedway?? C’mon! Surely?”. I was particularly surprised at their kind of lukewarm summary of McCartney, Maccas 1970 debut solo album, one of my all time favourite albums.

The analysis is deep & well thought through & they have some interesting theories on where some of the lyrics may have come from & what they might mean. Personally I’m not usually too bothered about dissecting lyrics or finding meanings in them etc. Gobbledegook or not I just love the hooks Macca creates by piecing words together. It is interesting how opinions differ between fellow music enthusiasts though, we all look for different things in it of course.

I must say, the fact that they don’t hold back on their opinions adds to what makes this such an interesting listen. Much in the same way you would debate or disagree with your mates on these topics down the pub. Actually, that is what this series is like, like being with your mates, discussing every single Macca solo track in order. Singing the parts you like to each other, laughing, disagreeing. Not a bad idea that.. must text the lads.

In summary Take it Away is bloody great. Every Macca fan will enjoy it. Two thumbs up!

Listen to the series here…..

Christmas / Winter Solstice Acid Folk Mix of UK 60’s & 70’s Artists

We made this compilation in 2018. This Christmas mix has a more pastoral, reflective mood to the usual upbeat Christmas pop tunes. A nice folky mix to listen to by the fire with a drink. A collection of UK folk artists from the late 60’s through 70’s with a slight psychedelic vibe.

  1. Steve Ashley – Fire & Wine (1974)
  2. Tickawinda – Cold & Raw (1979)
  3. Steeleye Span – Gower Wassail (1971)
  4. Incredible String Band – Chinese White (1967)
  5. Tea & Symphony – Winter (1969)
  6. Vashti Bunyan – Rose Hip (1970)
  7. Midwinter – Winter Song (1973)
  8. The Peelers – Ramblin’ Robin (1972)
  9. Faraway Folk – The Yule Log (1975)
  10. Strawbs – Witchwood (1971)
  11. The Sallyangie – Love in Ice Crystals (1968)
  12. Magic Carpet – Alan’s Christmas Card (1972)
  13. Steve Ashley – Candlemass Carol (1974)
  14. Magna Carta – Midwinter (1969)
  15. Dr. Strangely Strange – Frosty Mornings (1969)
  16. Fotheringay – Winter Winds (1970)

Behind The Tymes Volume 3 – A Fuzzdandy Mix of Worldwide Psych & Popsike from 1969 – 75

Our latest instalment of our Behind the Tymes series. We’ve done a UK mix, a US mix & now we’ve compiled Volume 3, a mix of worldwide artists. Always the same theme, songs that are maybe a little behind the times at the time they were released. Artists still favouring the psychedelic sound of 1967-68 in the post-psych era of 1969 to the mid 70’s.

1) Pholhas – Dead Faces (Brazil 1973)
2) Pan & Regaliz – Waiting in the Monsters Garden (Spain 1971)
3) Jason’s Fleece – Rusty (Sweden 1970)
4) Air – So Many People (Aus 1974)
5) Petards – Cowboy (Germany 1971)
6) Triangle – Le Matin du Premier Ju (France 1972)
7) The Flying Circus – 3667 (Aus 1970)
8) Resan – Solens Van (Sweden 1973)
9) Pirana – Here it Comes Again (Aus 1972)
10) Madden & harris – Fools Paradise, Pt 2 (Aus 1975)
11) Huinca – Gritar (Argentina 1972)
12) Sam Imaginario – Poison (Brazil 1970)
13) Jason’s Fleece – Damn Long Way Between Us (Sweden 1970)
14) Serenity – Sea Time Rain (NZ 1972)
15) The Masters Apprentice – Thyme to Rhyme (Aus 1972)
16) Equipe 84 – Meglio (Italy 1973)
17) Modulos – Otra Vez (Spain 1972)

The Zombies – Telescope (Unreleased 1970 Album.. Not the Usual R.I.P Album)

We’ve put together an album that could have been the Zombies follow up to Odessey & Oracle. There is a lost album which does the rounds, usually goes by the title “R.I.P”. This is different, we’ve used different tracks & mixed the album to work better as a piece. It works pretty well & better than R.I.P in our opinion.


The Beatles Sgt Pepper Sessions in Pictures. Check our Pinterest Board

I like everything about sgt pepper era Beatles. Apart from the music, it’s the way they changed. The shorter hair, the sergeant major style clipped moustaches, their outfits & even just the way they looked..they all looked slimmer & wiser somehow. In 1966 The Beatles were donning their out grown mop tops & smart suits. They were cleanly shaven but looking jaded & they left the world with a cliff hanger Tomorrow Never Knows. This track was the highly experimental, possibly eternally timeless final track on their 1966 album Revolver. The Beatles then went eerily quiet for 6 months, unusually so for them, sparking rumours of a break up & prompting sections of the media to report that the band had lost their creative edge & it was all coming to a spluttering, disappointing end.  You can imagine how eager the band must have been, sitting in Abbey Road’s studio 2, anxious to reveal their next single to prove everybody wrong. Then they jump out of their supposed slumber with a big “SSSURPRISE!” and they release the most advanced pop record in history, Strawberry Fields Forever, re-emerging from the shadows, looking like a gay section from the American civil war.

I love to imagine what I would’ve been feeling had I been alive at the time, impatiently waiting to hear what my favourite band were going to do next & then being slapped around the face with Strawberry Fields, a knockout blow! For anyone who wasn’t around at the time of it’s release it’s easy to just accept that song as just, a great song. But I’m guessing in 1967 it was like hearing. ..well basically like hearing nothing you’d ever heard before, or even thought possible of hearing in the future. A huge step forward, a progression, fast forwarding everybody else in popular culture towards new horizons & opportunities. And this was just the first taster of what the band had been up to all those months. The album, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band was coming next & this was to contain more of the same. Big, new sounds, new song structures & concepts. It’s just a really interesting, intriguing period in The Beatles history, which was the turning point to a completely new approach for the band & every other band around at that time.

We’ve been collecting images of the Pepper sessions for a while & have cross referenced what we found with the “Complete Recording Sessions” book & the “Recording The Beatles” book for dates. We checked on what days they wore what clothes so we know what session they were currently involved in on each picture we found. Check out the collection so far on our Pinterest board.

Our Sgt Pepper Sessions Pinterest Board HERE..

An Ode To Oracle – 60’s Artists that Sound Inspired by The Zombies Odessey & Oracle (a Fuzzdandy mix)

1. End of the Day – Kytes
2. Dougal – Bulldog Breed
3. Today is the Day – Ola & the Janglers
4. Somewhere Up High – The Guess Who
5. Lake Hope – Chrysalis
6. Friendly With You – Del Shannon
7. Days Are Only Here & Gone – Gandalf
8. Twenty Ten – Tinkerbell’s Fairydust
9. Eileen’s Haberdashery Store – Bulldog Breed
10. Wendy – Malcolm Holland
11. Lonely Am I – Stained Glass
12. We’re Not Those People Anymore – Rifkin
13. Wintry Morning – Maury Muehleisen
14. Not So Young Today – Five Steps Beyond
15. Pat’s Song – The Peppermint Trolly Company
16. I Don’t Need Love – The Tidal Waves
17. Hear My Lamentation – The Tages
18. Shelly Tell Me Why – River Deep

The Zombies have a lot to answer for. When you read almost any interview with US bands of the 60’s, The Zombies (along with The Beatles & The Stones) are invariably mentioned as a key influence on their sound. They were a huge part of The British invasion, & bands like The Left Banke, or The Turtles may have never existed in the form that they do were it not for The Zombies. Listen to any US Garage compilation & you’ll no doubt hear more than one track that bears a resemblance to “She’s Not There”. And this isn’t just limited to US or UK bands, you could do the same with any European garage compilation too. Swedish bands in particular seem to favour The Zombies minor chord, polite, English baroque style. Jorgen Johansson, the Swede behind the Fading Yellow compilations, kind of opened up a new genre for many 60’s pop fans to delve into; minor chord baroque pop. It kind of has a mood of it’s own, & the term “Fading Yellow” is now frequently used to describe the sound of records on music blogs, or to catch the eye of record collectors on ebay. Would the Fading Yellow series have existed without The Zombies? Not sure. With Rod Argent mimicking the classic baroque style of playing on his Hohner Pianet, did The Zombies help to re-popularise the clavichord & harpsichord too? Suddenly an instrument not utilised in popular music since the late medieval period was appearing on pop records by the coolest bands in the 60’s used alongside the latest electric musical instruments.

Anyway, Odessey & Oracle is obviously one of the finest albums ever made. Not exactly psychedelic but welcomed into the genre because of it’s mood, inventiveness, lyrical content & its use of echo & mellotron throughout. We really wanted to find the essence of that album in the music of other artists, so we put together a compilation of tracks we could find. It’s been hard to find anything close to being as good as any of the tracks on Odessey, but this compilation should be an interesting listen for fans of the album. We would have loved to have unearthed more tracks with a mellotron, but searching for tracks sounding specific to Odessey & Oracle was challenge enough, without finding ones that also contained a mellotron. Maybe we’ll find some for a future volume. Again, as always, we’ve done our best to steer away from anything too obvious, & maybe some songs you’ll listen & think “nothing like the Zombies” yet listen again & you might go “ah yeah”.


Listen to “An Ode to Oracle” on Mixcloud


Behind the Tymes – Vol 1 – A Fuzzdandy Mix of UK Soft Psych, Post Psych & Popsike from 1969 to 1976


About 10 years ago we made a series of themed mixes for blogs & forums. We called those compilations “Behind the Tymes”. It was a mix of psychedelic tunes that sounded slightly behind the times between 1969 to mid 70’s. Basically artists making psychedelic music in the post-psych period which, ideally would not have been compiled anywhere else previously  (a couple have since appeared on compilations.)
We were initially inspired to make these compilations after hearing Jörgen Johansson’s Fading Yellow Volume 5, a flawless compilation of 1970’s soft psychedelic album tracks. So if you love that volume you should understand & hopefully dig Behind The Tymes. We started with UK only artists on volume 1 & eventually made a US based mix with volume 2 & then a worldwide mix with volume 3. We really dug deep to find the tunes but think it was worth the hours spent when we listened back.

A few years later we started a: “Behind The Tymes” twitter page but we now post everything on our: Fuzzdandy Music Account..

Unfortunately a few of the tunes we originally mined are not currently available on Apple Music or Spotify, but we have re-compiled volume 1 with a few extras to make up for whatever is missing from apple music or Spotify’s current library. We will add those missing tracks at a later date.. if they ever appear on either of those hosts.


1)  Galliard – Open up your Mind (from new dawn 1970)
2)  Strawbs – Where is this Dream of My Youth (from s/t 1969)
3)  Cochise – lost hearts (from swallow tails 1971)
4)  Quicksand – empty street empty heart (Home is where I belong 1973)
5)  Stackridge – Percy the penguin (from S/T 1970)
6)  Lindisfarne – Lady Eleanor (from nicely out of tune 1970)
7)  Gringo – Emma & Harry (from S/T 1971)
8)  Byzantium – I am a stranger to my life (from S/T 1972)
9)  Pacific drift – grain of sand (from feelin free 1970)
10) Dave cousins – two weeks last summer (from two weeks last summer 1972)
11) Jackson Heights – bebop (from ragamuffins fool 1972)
12) Ironbridge – getting older (from S/T 1973)
13) Clifford T Ward – jigsaw girl (from escalator 1975)
14) The Pretty Things – Peter (from freeway madness 1973)
15) Richmond – Clifftop (from frightened 1973)
16) Alan Hull – Picture a Little Girl (from squire 1975)
17) Camel – spirit of the water (From Moonmadness 1976)
18) Mother nature – where did she go? (From orange days and purple nights 1971 single)
19) Marvin, Welch & Farrar- (From S/T 1971)
20) Trader Horne – here comes the rain (from here comes the rain 1970 single)
21) Music motor (Swinging blue jeans) – where am I going (from happy 1970 single)