**THIS PURCHASE DOESN'T INCLUDE DIGITAL DOWNLOAD**
With one foot in the harmony beat–pop of the Hollies and other in the early psychedelic pop experimentation of Revolver era Beatles and Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd, The Mirage left behind a string of 45s and unreleased studio recordings, a selection of which is presented here for the first time on LP.
Featuring UK psych classics like "The Wedding Of Ramona Blair", "Hold On", "Ebanazeer Beaver", "Mrs Busby" and many more!
*Includes four–page insert with rare photos / memorabilia and detailed liner notes by Stefan Granados
The Mirage were a quintet from Hertfordshire, England, formed in 1965.
Fuelled by two gifted songwriters (Ray Glynn & David Hynes), they were soon recruited by Dick James (music publisher of the Beatles and the Hollies) as session musicians. Allan Clarke and Graham Nash from the Hollies were so impressed with them, that they took them under their wings, helping them to get a deal with CBS.
Between 1965 and 1968, the Mirage released and self–produced seven singles for different labels (CBS, Phillips, Page One...), including titles like "The Wedding of Ramona Blair" (pure psych–pop perfection, included on Rubble in the 80s), "Hold On" (a mod–psych classic), "Tomorrow Never Knows" (a surprising cover released at the same time as Revolver, thanks to their Dick James connection), "You Can’t Be Serious" and more.
But they also recorded lot of stuff that never saw the light of day at the time. These unissued songs run the gamut from magical Hollies inspired harmony pop ("Gone To Your Head", "What Do I Care", "I Want Love"...) to pure psychedelic pop, highly influenced by early Pink Floyd and Revolver era Beatles: "Lazy Man", "Ebaneezer Beaver", "Mrs Busby"...some of these tracks were included in the 90s on famous bootlegs like "Artifacts From The Psychedelic Dungeon" but now it’s the first time they’re all collected on a legit vinyl compilation, making "You Can’t Be Serious: 1966–1968", the missing album The Mirage could have released at the time and a must for any UK psych aficionado.
It comes with detailed notes by Stefan Granados (author of The Beatles and Apple Records: Those Were The Days 2.0 book, telling the interesting Mirage story, including their connections to Dick James, the Hollies, Spencer Davis Group, Caleb (of "Baby, Your Phrasing Is Bad" fame), Plastic Penny, Portebello Explosion...
"The Mirage created some of the most interesting, enjoyable and ultimately enduring records of the era. It’s remarkable to think that the majority of their finest work from that time had remained unheard until recent years."
– Stefan Granados
Side A: A1. The Wedding Of Ramona Blair – A2. Ebaneezer Beaver – A3. Hello Enid – A4. Mrs Busby – A5. Hold On – A6. I Want Love – A7. Lazy Man – A8. I See The Rain
Side B: B1. You Can’t Be Serious – B2. Gone To Your Head – B3. What Do I Care – B4. One More Time – B5. That I Know – B6. Is Anybody Home – B7. Can You Hear Me – B8. Tomorrow Never Knows
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LESLIE'S MOTEL - Dirty Sheets LP
LESLIE'S MOTEL - Dirty Sheets (Green vinyl LP)
SALEM MASS - Witch Burning LP
SALEM MASS - Witch Burning (Red vinyl LP)
CHRISTOPHER - Christopher LP
BRINCOS - World Devil Body / Mundo Demonio Carne · 2LP
Grit LP · Standard Edition
ELECTRIC CHAIRS - So Many Ways 12" Maxi
Pyramid Edits –
Pyramid Edits 12" Maxi
LOS SHAKERS - Los Shakers / Break It All (2LP)
Five Day Rain –
Five Day Rain LP
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Back From The Deep Water (Sharkive: 1981-1987) –
BASKING SHARKS - Back From The Deep Water (Sharkive:1981-1987) LP
NAPPY MAYERS - Let Yourself Go / Let Yourself Go (Version) · 12" MAXI
NADIE LA FOND - Three Way Situation / Three Way Situation Part 2 · 12" MAXI
NADIE LA FOND - Hot For Your Love / Jealousy · 12" MAXI
AMNÉSIE WITH THE NICOLOSI FAMILY - Turas · 12" MAXI
BROTHER AND SISTER - Midnight Desire / Rock It Down · 12" MAXI
THE ARMED GANG - All I Want / All I Want (instrumental) · 12" MAXI
THE ARMED GANG · Kenny Claiborne & The Armed Gang · LP
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Forever Amber · The Love Cycle · LP
Grit LP · Hand-Numbered, Spray Painted Tip-On US styled hard cardboard sleeve
LOS SHAKERS / SHAKER'S Color vinyl bundle
LOS SHAKERS / SHAKER'S Black vinyl bundle
LOS SHAKERS - Los Shakers / Break It All (2LP · Red vinyl)
LOS SHAKERS - Shakers For You (LP)
LOS SHAKERS - Shakers For You (Red LP)
LOS SHAKERS - La Conferencia Secreta del Toto's Bar (LP)
LOS SHAKERS - La Conferencia Secreta del Toto's Bar (Clear vinyl)
SHAKER'S - In the Studio Again
Clear Memory –
Clear Memory LP