OCTOPUS Restless Night: The Complete Pop Psych Sessions 1967-81 Rev Ola/Cherry Red CRREV180 (2006)
Octopus mixed Beatle-esque psych with some experimental hard prog for an eclectic and interesting mix. This CD combines the bandís sole album Restless Night (a definitive version, with the track listing corrected) with various other sessions, singles and unreleased etc.
Opening track 'The River' shows where most Britpop bands got their influence from, with a guitar sound that sticks out like a sore thumb (just like the solo in Edwyn Collinsí 'Girl Like You'), while 'I Was So Young' is more whimsical and a nod at west coast.
The range of sounds covers everything popular about late 60s rock music, a little too much so even.
One of the many bonuses includes a live take on Griegís 'Peer Gynt Suite' (which includes 'In The Hall Of The Mountain King'). A corker, cracker and a rocker too. An extra point for this one alone.
Review by Joe Geesin