Incoming: Definitive Studio Recordings Collection by ’60s Legends The Creation


You won’t be just making time with this particular visit to the wayback machine….

Archival specialists Numero Group continues its creative roll (raise your hand if you grabbed any of the label’s recent offerings, among them the definitive Scientists box set, A Place Called Bad; and the delightful various artists soul/funk compilations The 123s of Kid Soul). Aiming to make the new year a psych-rock year supreme, Numero has compiled for the first time ever the complete studio recordings of the English ’60s legends the Creation. The 2-CD set titled Action Painting will be released March 17. Let’s just cut to the chase and view the official album trailer:

Here’s the lowdown:

All 42 tracks the group recorded between 1965-1968 have been remastered from the original tapes by Shel Talmy, and given fresh stereo mixes where previously unavailable. New essays by music historians Dean Rudland and Alec Palao tell the Creation story while scores of previously unpublished photographs adorn the accompanying 80-page hardbound book. Numero Group has rounded out the package with four tracks by pre-Creation freakbeat quartet the Mark Four, making Action Painting the definitive collection of this legendary U.K. band.

The Creation were a dynamic quartet with an equally engaging image. They would burn brightly for just two years, yet would leave an indelible mark upon music history. With producer du jour Shel Talmy at the helm (The Who, Kinks, Easybeats, Cat Stevens, et al.) the Creation went on an incredible two-year tear of singles, including “Making Time,” “How Does It Feel to Feel,” “Tom Tom,” and “If I Stay Too Long.” By 1968 the paint was dry and the band split. Eddie Phillips’ trademark guitar bowing would be nicked by Jimmy Page and Boney M would cheese up “Painter Man,” the band’s highest-charting single.

Over the nearly five decades since, the Creation has seen a tremendous resurgence in interest. First it was the Jam flossing “Making Time” on the inner sleeve of All Mod Cons. A few years later Alan McGee formed the band Biff Bang Pow and his Creation record label. By the turn of the century a new generation had discovered the band via a strategic placement in Wes Anderson’s Rushmore.

According to legendary producer Talmy, “My biggest regret is that they didn’t achieve the standing they should have. I truly believe they could have been as big as the Who.”

With Action Painting, overdue recognition might be just around the bend.

Collector-geek alert! Separate from the 2-CD/2-LP collection, Numero will release a limited edition, break away spindle 45 featuring the Creation’s “Making Time” backed with a previously unissued instrumental version.



Disc 1

1          Making Time

2          Try and Stop Me

4          Biff Bang Pow

5          Sylvette (edit)

6          If I Stay Too Long

7          Nightmares

8          Life Is Just Beginning

9          Through My Eyes

10        How Does It Feel to Feel

11        Tom Tom

12        Can I Join Your Band

13        Midway Down

14        The Girls Are Naked

15        Bonie Maronie

17        For All That I Am

18        Uncle Bert

19        Cool Jerk

20        I Am the Walker

21        Ostrich Man

22        Sweet Helen

23        How Does It Feel to Feel (US version)


Disc 2

1          THE MARK FOUR – Hurt Me If You Will

2          THE MARK FOUR – I’m Leaving

3          THE MARK FOUR – Work All Day (Sleep All Night)

4          THE MARK FOUR – Going Down Fast

5          How Does It Feel to Feel (US version)  New stereo mix

6          Biff Bang Pow   New stereo mix

7          For All That I Am   New stereo mix

8          Can I Join Your Band  New stereo mix

9          Through My Eyes New stereo mix

10        Tom Tom New stereo mix

11        Midway Down New stereo mix

12        Nightmares   New stereo mix

13        Life Is Just Beginning  New stereo mix

14        Painter Man  New stereo mix

15        If I Stay Too Long New stereo mix

16        How Does It Feel To Feel (UK version) New stereo mix

17        Cool Jerk  New stereo mix

18        Hey Joe   New stereo mix

19        Like a Rolling Stone New stereo mix

20        Making Time (backing track) take 1 Previously unissued

21        Sylvette (full length)

22        Instrumental 1

23        How Does It Feel to Feel (version 1) (backing track – Previously unissued




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