The Prisoners - A Taste of Pink
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Looking through Youtube the other night I was looking at the mod revival bands. It’s not a genre I have taken a lot of notice of before. You can remember the ones who charted like Secret Affair and the Merton Parkas, ok but a bit poppy. I probably missed them because when the second mod craze came about I was just that little bit to old. A shame as I think out of all the youth movements, mods were the best. It shows really as when talking to people who were mods they are all 2 to 5 years younger than me, not many my age. Anyway I was amazed to find a great catalogue of music that was completely to my music taste. One of the bands who stood out, were The Prisoners. Apparently they are part of the Medway sound from the toilet of England, as us Essex boys say, Kent. The Prisoners play raw 60’s garage, punk, psych tunes. The original album came out in 1982 and is worth a healthy £30 in the Record Collector book. The original tracks from the album are all in the 2 to 3 minute bracket. Good songs don’t have to be long. There are also another 9 bonus tracks to accompany the original 12. The tracks vary from “Threw away my heart” a great pop song to an organ driven instrumental wig out “Come to the mushroom.” I particularly liked “Till the morning light” but to be truthful I don’t think there is a bad track on this CD. The songs are all guitar, organ driven and if you like fuzz guitar soaked songs from the great underground bands of the 60’s then this for you. I bought the CD from Amazon for the princely sum of £7.99 including postage and package. As I said I am really pleased to find another type of music to hopefully collect, but seeing some of the prices of the vinyl of the mod revival bands, I will have to do some more overtime to afford them.

Duncan, Sept 2010.