01 August 2007

Tomorrow - 1968 - Tomorrow

Quality: 4.5 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.5 out of 5

Tomorrow's sole album is one of the best examples of British Psychedelia around. It more than earns it's credentials by the presence of the single "My White Bicycle," easily the peer of better known psych singles such as "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "See Emily Play." In fact, the disc contains an interesting beefy acid-rock take of that Beatles' single. It's not better, but it holds it's own without problem and is fun to hear with a little less production.

Tomorrow was a mover and shaker in the London UFO scene, even appearing at the legendary 24 Technicolour Dream, but they never quite got their head above the water due to things like management problems and egos. The band did serve as an artistically superior halfway house to such luminaries as cult-psych hero Twink, Keith West, and future Yes axeman Steve Howe.

Although occasionally brushing sleeves with the more twee side of psych pop, Tomorrow manages to deliver on almost every cut of their only LP. "My White Bicycle" probably is the best track here, but several other tracks come close to it. Second single "Revolution" doesn't have quite the immediate impact, but it is truly freaky and is a masterful track. "Real Life Permanent Dream," "The Incredible Journey Of Timothy Chase," and "Hallucinations" are all A-list tracks that absolutely must be heard by anyone who digs psychedelic sounds. Even goofy tracks like "Three Jolly Little Elves" have enough propulsion and confidence to make them winners. The band even nails the Byrds' "Why" on a bonus track, which the original band could never quite get their head around (they did at least three very different takes).

Everything here maintains a strong rock edge, while still displaying some of the freakiest sounds of psychedelic pop. I'd say only Barrett's Pink Floyd or the 1967 Pretty Things managed this perfect balance as well. Even the Beatles' could never quite rock out as hard, while Cream tended to revert to the blues for their harder sounds.

Maybe this disc is old hat for you, as I'd like to think that everyone has had a chance to discover Tomorrow. But if you haven't, I hope that I've given you the incentive to delve into their world. I just wish they'd gotten some technicolour for the black and white album cover.

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13 comments:

Craig said...

I've got a few Tomorrow tracks from psych compilations, but it's great to have their whole album. Thanks!

thomas said...

Great album!

Edorf said...

This is one of my favourite albums.

Mark Ennis said...

I think the Tomorrow LP is one of the finest releases from the UK Psych period. Very catchy and creative tunes.

Nicolas said...

This is not just one of the best, but THE best album in my collection. Good singing, great guitar playing, and the best melodies around. Not a single boring moment, lots of energy. My White Bicycle is not the best song IMO. They are all good. Agreeing with previous commenter (Mark Ennis): catchy and creative indeed. The production is not as evolved (complicated) as some other records of the period (not many strings or horns here!), but the best you'll get from a 4 man band. Of course Steve Howe probably beats most guitar teams singlehandedly... The sound is quite good too.

Don F said...

Yea, I stumbled upon this album a few months ago. Great stuff! The perfect blend of pop songwriting and trippy psychedelic production. This was an excellent find! Should have been more popular.

Anonymous said...

Any chance for a new link for this one? I've never heard it, and it's looks like an interesting find. Thanks

OD_1 said...

Oh pretty please Dr. Schluss... Please repost!!!

Anonymous said...

New link for this album:
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OD_1 said...

Many thanks!!!

Martin said...

Working Link:
http://www.mediafire.com/?08dp0336d6w7n50

Anonymous said...

please, please re-up this! :)

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