Guide to British Music of the 1960s

 

Kaleidoscope

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Peter Daltrey - keyboards / vocals, Eddie Pumer - Guitar, Steve Clark - Bass, Danny Bridgman - Drums

Kaleidoscope was a group that emerged during the psychedelic era of the late 1960s. However, the band had its origins earlier in the decade with an Acton group called the Sidekicks. Eddie Pumer, Steve Clark and Danny Bridgman brought in Peter Daltrey as vocalist. This line-up started to make waves around the West London area. The Sidekicks made a single Looking for a Woman.

At the end of 1965, the Sidekicks became The Key. As the Key the band started to gain in popularity and started to gain interest from record companies. The group signed to Fontana in January 1967. They were seen as a group with tremendous potential with their own songwriters. In fact, Eddie and Peter were making strong progress as song-writers, Eddie's music matching Peter's complex lyrics.

The band's first single Flight From Ashiya was a pirate radio hit and received excellent reviews but failed to reach the charts. This was released under the new name of Kaleidoscope. However, despite this, the band's recording contract was extended for a further four years and this showed the faith that the record company had. A Dream for Julie was the follow-up single and was a taster for the album Tangerine Dream which as released in November 1967.

The band toured extensively in Europe and recorded many sessions for the BBC, some of which were later released as Please Listen to the Pictures. A new single, Jenny Artichoke, loosely based on Donovan's Jennifer Juniper, was a further radio hit without troubling the compiler of the charts. Again, Fontana remained impressed and gave the go-ahead for a second album, Faintly Blowing.

Do It Again for Jeffrey was another seemingly commercial track that was released as the fourth single in March 1969.

The band's final single was Balloon. This was the band's own track and was recorded after they had "sabotaged" the sessions where they had been asked to record two tracks by known hit-makers. After this point, the group changed its name again to Fairfield Parlour. Throughout all these name changes the line-up of the band was constant. Some tracks by the later incarnation are available on the BBC Sessions CD.

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