Shapes & Shadows – Psychedelic Pop And Other Rare Flavours From The Chapter One Vaults 1968-72 (CD)

Founded by highly successful songwriter Les Reed in 1968, the Chapter One label had a five-year run before eventually succumbing to the law of diminishing chart returns.   Despite scoring a handful of hits (step forward Gerry Monroe and, er, Leeds United F. C.), their most enduring releases have turned out to be a swathe of singles that met with little success at the time, but which are now in great demand amongst collectors of late 60s/early 70s UK psychedelic pop and associated genres.   A few tracks have found their way onto unauthorised compilations over the last few years, but Shapes and Shadows – taken from the masters, and with the full co-operation of Les Reed and Chapter One – proudly assembles these recordings in one place for the first time.   Complete with rare photos, quotes and the full story behind the various bands as well as the label itself, Shapes and Shadows is a fascinating look at the soft white underbelly of the British pop industry during the late 60s/early 70s as well as an essential listen for genre aficionados.

1. PUTNEY BRIDGE - What’s It All About 2. EPISODE SIX - Lucky Sunday 3. THE BLISS - Lifetime 4. PHILWIT & PEGASUS - The Elephant Song 5. JASON CORD - Spring Never Came Twice 6. EPISODE SIX - Mozart Versus The Rest 7. PUTNEY BRIDGE - Your Turn To Die 8. CHRISTOPHER - The Race 9. SAD PEOPLE - Turn Around 10. THE MATCHMAKERS - Lovers’ Congregation 11. THE CALIFORNIANS - You’ve Got Your Troubles 12. EPISODE SIX - Mr Universe 13. CHRISTOPHER - Sharkey 14. THE MARCH HARE - Cry My Heart 15. MORNING GLORY - Marjory Daw 16. THE BLISS - Courtyards Of Castile 17. BROTHER JOHN - Brother John 18. SAD PEOPLE - Lonely Man 19. EPISODE SIX - Jack D’Or 20. PUTNEY BRIDGE - The Meaning Of Love 21. THE MATCHMAKERS - Thank You Baby For Coming 22. MORNING GLORY - Munday Street 23. THE MARCH HARE - With My Eyes Closed 24. EPISODE SIX - Gentlemen Of The Park 25. LES REED - Big Bare Beat 26. TANDEM - Shapes And Shadows