Saturday, February 21, 2009

John's Children - Legendary Orgasm Album(1967)


by Richie Unterberger
Because Marc Bolan — soon to become T. Rex — was briefly a member, John's Children are perhaps accorded more reverence by '60s collectors and aficionados than they deserve. Still, they were an interesting, if minor, blip on the British mod and psychedelic scene during their relatively brief existence (1966-1968), although they were perhaps more notable for their flamboyant image and antics than their music. Yardbirds manager Simon Napier-Bell recalled that they were "positively the worst group I'd ever seen" when he chanced upon them in France in 1966, yet he was conned into taking them on as clients. Not proficient enough to be trusted to play on their own records, their first single, "Smashed Blocked"/"Strange Affair," was recorded ... Read More...
John's Children - Legendary Orgasm Album(1967) LIVE !!!!
1 Smashed! Blocked! [Studio]2 Just What You Want - Just What You'll Get [Studio]3 Killer Ben4 Jagged Time Lapse5 Smashed! Blocked! [Live]6 You're a Nothing7 Not the Sort of Girl You Take to Bed8 Cold on Me9 Leave Me Alone10 Let Me Know11 Just What You Want - Just What You'll Get [Live]12 Why Do You Lie13 Strange Affair14 But She's Mine
The first readily available edition of Orgasm. The skimpy, vaguely Who-ish songs are nearly buried under the mountainous overdubs of hysterical teenage screams, making this a true artifact — and nothing more — of an era. The reissue includes excellent liner notes and four bonus tracks — the fine psychedelic single "Smashed Blocked" and its decent follow-up, "Just What You Want — Just What You'll Get," the B-side of which ("But You're Mine") is an unabashed ripoff of the Who's "I Can't Explain." Be warned that the version of "Strange Affair" (the B-side of "Smashed Blocked") included here has, for some inexplicable reason, been presented backwards!
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