NICK GARRIE - The Nightmare of J.B. Stanislas - 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2010)
One of the most mysterious and sought after albums ever...a masterpiece of dark and enigmatic downer orchestral folk-rock. A languid, orchestral post-psychedelic treat, it's equal parts UK baroque-downer pop/folk, with echoes of Peter Sarstedt and Al Stewart. Nick Garrie's rare pop-psychedelic album is reminiscent of the sunniest and frothiest such British music of the late '60s. In its match of pretty melodies and overtly romantic lyrics with Baroque pop production, it calls to mind the U.K. '60s band Nirvana in some respects, and perhaps fellow youthful singer/songwriter Billy Nicholls. In gutsier moments, you might also think of the very early Badfinger (or the Iveys, the band that evolved into Badfinger) or Thunderclap Newman. Though his tunes are pretty, they can also veer toward blandness, and his vocals are callow and uncertain enough to make one wonder whether his compositions might have been better served by other singers. Some ill-advised forays into country-influenced material are the album's low points, but those are uncharacteristic. Most of the record is lite pop-psych with a definite Continental flavor, tinged with bittersweetness but never melancholic, evoking pictures of a sensitive late-19th century heir riding in a carriage over cobblestoned streets with top hat and petticoated girl beside him.
Digitally remastered and expanded 40th Anniversary edition of this 1970 Psych-Pop classic album from the British singer/songwriter. Features the original album's 12 tracks plus an additional 17 tracks including non-album cuts and demos.
DISC 1: 01. The Nightmare Of J B Stanislas 02. Can I Stay With You 03. Bungles Tours 04. David's Prayer 05. Ink Pot Eyes 06. The Wanderer 07. Stephanie City 08. Little Bird 09. Deeper Tones Of Blue 10. Queen Of Queens 11. Wheel Of Fortune 12. Evening
DISC 2: 01. Seashore 02. Josefina 03. St. Tropez Whore 04. Three Old Men 05. Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) 06. Summer Nights 07. Wine And Roses 08. Love In My Eyes 09. Queen Of Spades [First Single 1968] 10. Close Your Eyes [First Single 1968] 11. Cambridge Town [Demo 1968] 12. Stone And Silk [Demo 1968] 13. Bungles Tours [Demo 1968] 14. Deeper Tones Of Blue [Demo 1968] 15. Little Bird [Demo 1968] 16. Stanislas [Demo 1968] 17. Evening [Demo 1968]
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