However sure you mightve been that Before the dream faded on Cherry Red was the essence of The Misunderstoods recorded output, this one is just as essential, up to the point that, from now on, no Misunderstood-related audio experience can be imagined without it!
The only surviving acetates, carefully stored away by drummer Rick Moe show the bands development from their basic raw rnb roots back in Riverside, to their psychedelic-pioneers status that they achieved in London.
The CD comprises five recording sessions throughout 65-66, the first three taking place at the local Locy Sound, resulting in the first, Brit-rnb-boom inspired, version of She got me (also given the proper buzznfuzz garage-punk treatment by the end of the year) and, an unusual for the band, moody teen ballad End of time. Besides the mentioned re-working of She got me, the second session brought a rare, straight-forward sounding, but still GREAT, piece of beat-pop of Dont break me down, as well as two Animals-inspired tracks (with the band name also coming from their take on Please dont let me be misunderstood). Why, recalls the bass-lick of Weve gotta get out of this place and the cover of Bury my body, outshines the Newcastle lads version.
After less than a month, The Misunderstood were back in Locy Sound, to record Got love if you want it, that doesnt really match The Yardbirds own take from the tunes beginning, but after a little less than a minute and a half, they burst into the first of the rave-ups, worthy of anything that the five-live had done, keeping the vibe through Thunder n lightnin too. The very first version of their classic I unseen comes from the same session, already featuring the famous 12-string riff, though a bit more laid back and still not Beck-ed up enough. After the lap-steel wiz-kid Glen Campbell replacing guitarist George Phelps, the John Peel-arranged Gold Star Studios sessions took place in August66, resulting with their self-released single and whats left unreleased is Whos been talkin, taken towards another dimension by what youd call an already mature, self confident, rnb outfit. Its after their relocation to London, that the FREAK started to creep heavily into the BEAT, as heard on their first UK session at IBC Sound in September66, represented by 4 demos of later re-recorded tracks (My mind, Find the hidden door, Children of the sun, I unseen-version 2) , already way ahead of their time, practically inventing the psych genre.
---Goran Obradovic / POPISM radio show; Serbia & Montenegro