Various - Peephole In My Brain: The British Progressive Pop Sounds Of 1971 - 3CD
1971 stands as an odd, rather surreal year in British pop history: while American soft-rockers and singer-songwriters were dominating the album charts, the year in which the country ch-ch-changed over to decimal currency saw the homegrown pop/rock scene becoming increasingly eccentric.
"Peephole In My Brain" documents the progressive-pop sounds of the year as the underground rock scene crossed over to the mainstream. The 71 tracks from '71 include major UK hits for the likes of Curved Air, Atomic Rooster and John Kongos as well as a selection of key album cuts from Procol Harum, ELP, Magna Carta, Barclay James Harvest, Cressida, Help Yourself, Legend and many others. Alos here are bona fide classic 45s from Kevin Ayers, Medicine Head, Wishful Thinking and The Move along with the song that David Bowie wrote for his old friend Dana Gillespie, a clutch of righteously obscure but fascinating singles, a handful of essential singer/songwriter cuts and a raft of unissued-at-the-time nuggets from bands who existed outside of the major label pop bubble.