At last, a second collection of rare singles from the label that produced the cream of the mid-sixties crop of Canadian garage, punk, and psychedelic music!
The Gaiety roster was rich in talent (the 49th Parallel, Jarvis Street Review, and Souls of Inspyration, not to mention the Checkerlads, White Knights, Dewline, Tomorrow's Keepsake, NRG, Merriday Park, and Portland Street South)—but it was not rich in resources, which is why these singles are so incredibly rare.
This second Gaiety Records volume has twenty-four tracks in all, ranging from the ferocious punk psych of Solid Reputation’s ‘Lies’ to the wonderfully druggy (and truly demented) ‘Ode to a Cucumber, A Berry, and A Flower", a song that deserves to be in the pantheon of weird psychedelia right alongside the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band’s ‘Help, I’m a Rock’. NRG’s UK psych-inspired ‘Magic Man,’ much in demand in collector’s circles, is here in all its glory—along with six other tracks by this underrated band, including the psychedelic groover ‘Withcraft’.
Other highlights are four more terrific beat/pop songs from the Plague and Lexington Avenue (bands who would become better known later as Jarvis Street Review). Tracks by the Checkerlads, Tomorrow's Keepsake, Flying Colours, Portland Street South, round out the disc, and (we hope) bring pleasure to everyone.
1 –The Plague (9) Searchin' 2:15
2 –The Plague (9) World Of Dreams 2:13
3 –The Plague (9) Only In America 2:15
4 –Solid Reputation Lies 2:36
5 –Solid Reputation Nature's Love 2:06
6 –Checkerlads So Much In Love With You 2:27
7 –Checkerlads My Time Is Comin' 2:20
8 –The Dewline If You Can Dig It 2:26
9 –The Dewline Ode To A Cucumber, A Berry And A Flower 2:35
10 –Lexington Avenue Farmer John 2:36
11 –Tomorrow's Keepsake Elevator Operator 2:28
12 –Flying Colours* Yours Until Tomorrow 3:08
13 –Flying Colours* That's The Tune 3:00
14 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* Route 66 2:29
15 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* To Be Back Home 3:39
16 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* I Brought My Love WIth Me 2:10
17 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* Magic Man 3:15
18 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* Witchcraft 2:47
19 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* My Shady Friend 2:10
20 –NRG (3) / Merriday Park* Towns And Villages 2:22
21 –Portland Street South Baby Get Out 2:13
22 –Portland Street South You've Been Running So Long 2:02
23 –Portland Street South Set Me Free 2:33
24 –Portland Street South Love (I'll Never Let You Go) 2:33