Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Mirage - Tomorrow Never Knows : Singles and Lost Sessions 1966-1968

The Mirage managed to release seven singles on three labels in the U.K. between 1965 and 1968 without getting anything resembling a hit or even a solid cult reputation. This can be ascribed to two major factors: the absence of significant original musical vision, and the absence of really strong original material, although they did write many of their own songs.

Dee Murray - lead guitar, vocals
Pete Hynes - vocals
Ray Glynn - guitar, vocals
Pat Hynes - bass guitar
Dave Hynes - drums, vocals

Their upbeat, harmony-laden approach was quite British and owed significant debts to the 1966-era Beatles and the Hollies, as well as lighter ones to the Who. The most British aspect of their sound was their propensity for songs with a storytelling, observational viewpoint. The most famous of these was their 1967 single, "The Wedding of Ramona Blair," about a bride whose groom fails to show up at the ceremony, which has appeared on several compilations of British psychedelia obscurities.

The Mirage signed to Dick James Publishing and served as the house band for that organization; they also backed Elton John at his first solo performances. The group split up in October 1968 when lead guitarist Dee Murray and drummer David Hynes briefly joined the Spencer Davis Group. Murray became bassist in Elton John's band, while Hynes left the Spencer Davis Group in spring 1969 (perhaps with Murray — it's not clear from existing documentation) and re-teamed with the other members of the Mirage to form the Portobello Explosion, who did a 1969 single for Carnaby; that band then changed into Jawbone, who also recorded for Carnaby. Much of the material from their singles, as well as a bunch of unreleased acetates, demos, and BBC broadcasts, can be heard on the CD You Can't Be Serious. ~ by Richie Unterberger
                                     Other : The Mirage (band) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tomorrow Never Knows - The Pop Sike World of The Mirage - Singles and lost sessions 1966-1968 (Compilation album on RPM Records - RPMBC319)

1. Mirage - Tomorrow never knows (2:36)

2. Mirage - You can't be serious (1:59)

3. Mirage - Gone to your head (2:05)

4. Mirage - I want love (2:24)

5. Mirage - Hold on (2:22)

6. Mirage - Can you hear me (2:58)

7. Mirage - One more time (1:59)

8. Mirage - That I know (2:18)

9. Mirage - The wedding of Ramona blair (2:14)

10. Mirage - Lazy man (2:23)

11. Mirage - Ebaneezer beaver (2:22)

12. Mirage - Mrs busby (2:33)

13. Mirage - I see the rain (2:06)

14. Mirage - Lonely highway (2:44)

15. Mirage - Hello enid (2:12)

16. Mirage - Is anybody home (2:43)

17. Mirage - What do I care (2:11)

18. Mirage - How's your pa (2:59)

19. Mirage - Lazy man (alternative version) (3:01)

20. Mirage - See my world (2:52)

21. Mirage - Katherine (2:07)

22. Mirage - Ebaneezer beaver (acoustic demo) (2:02)

23. Mirage - Go away (1:51)
Although an unauthorized Mirage CD compilation (You Can't Be Serious) combining some of their singles with unreleased material made its appearance around 2000, this official anthology is preferable for its better sound quality and thorough liner notes. Tomorrow Never Knows — The Pop Sike World of the Mirage: Singles & Lost Sessions is still not a complete document of the group, featuring just six of the tracks that appeared on their eight singles (some of which were issued under different names than the Mirage), though it does offer a whopping 17 unreleased cuts, some of which didn't show up on You Can't Be Serious. As a band obviously inspired by the Beatles, the Hollies, and to a lesser degree by the Who and the Kinks, the Mirage were more convincing emulators than most, though they still weren't as original or as inspiring as their role models. The best comparison might be to the Hollies as they were moving from British Invasion pop to psychedelia-influenced pop — there's more ambition at work here than the average British Invasion group, but it's not nearly as far out or cutting edge as the Beatles and the Who were by the late '60s. If you're looking for comparisons, some of them are in-your-face; "You Can't Be Serious" can't fail to bring to mind "Nowhere Man"-era Beatles with a dash of the Hollies. Meanwhile, the demo of "Lazy Man" is a rip-off of "Rain"; although it was rearranged so that the similarity was far more subtle by the time it had been re-recorded for a 1967 single, the rearrangement in turn borrowed heavily from the Who circa "Happy Jack." There's also their brave interpretation of "Tomorrow Never Knows" for a 1966 single, and while that track has its novelty value as a cover of a Lennon-McCartney tune rarely done by other artists, its far more basic rock arrangement can in no way stand up to the brilliant psychedelic original. The Mirage's strongest suit was probably their slightly spooky, almost churchy story-songs, like "The Wedding of Ramona Blair" (the most famous of their official 45s among '60s collectors) and "Mrs. Buzby." These are strong enough to make this release of some interest to those who treasure that time when British Invasion pop/rock, mod, and psychedelia crossed to some extent, though the Mirage were more competent executors of those trends than innovators. ~  by Richie Unterberger

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