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Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Hailing from the north of England (Warrington, near Manchester), the Fairytale released this record and only one other. However, this side is one of those cuts where the stars line up for absolute magic.

Allegedly, Don Arden (UK music bigwig who managed the early career of the Small Faces and others), asked the group if they had any songs with psychedelic imagery, and this song (allegedly about a bad acid trip) was what they presented. Arden may have practiced questionable business tactics, but the man certainly knew a great song and with his help this was the debut release from the group. The Fairytale continued to tour relentlessly throughout the year and also released one more single, but the group was finished by 1968.

"Guess I Was Dreaming" is one of those tracks from the early psychedelic days that distills the strong r&b influence into music that was somehow able to be wispy, propelling, danceable and mind blowing all at the same time; and with few exceptions, it all happened within 1966-1967.

from 1967...



Todd said...

I've known this by The Kingsmen ever since high school. Interesting to discover another version, and strikingly similar apart from the English accent.

Derek See said...

it's amazing that the Kingsmen covered this song...I like their version as well, but as you said, it's strikingly similar.

phil daniels said...

On my wants list! it's been bootlegged and a few on ebay are trying to pass it off as an original pressing. be careful peoples

Aline Luz said...

Great Band.

And i read that their singles was released all over the world by Decca. But, unhappily , it did not reach the charts from neither country.

Decca always searching for the new Beatles :0