Listen – Kaleidoscope (UK) – Holidaymaker – MP3
I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to squeeze in an end of the week post, but I hunkered down and got it together.
The tune we bring you today is the flip side of a number featured in Iron Leg Digital Trip #9 – Dream Machine, that being ‘Flight From Ashiya’ by the Kaleidoscope. That b-side, monument to the greatness of what we record collector types refer two as a “two-sider”, is the stellar ‘Holidaymaker’.
The Kaleidoscope (the UK band, not the very interesting California group of the same time period) started out in 1964 as the Sidekicks, changing their name when they were signed to Fontana in 1967.
The group recorded a number of excellent 45s and two rare LPs (‘Tangerine Dream’, ‘Faintly Blowing’) before morphing once again into Fairfield Parlour in 1969.
The ‘Flight From Ashiya’ / ‘Holidaymaker’ 45 their first, was released in September of 1967. Where ‘Flight…’ is an acid drenched fever dream, ‘Holidaymaker’ has a more psyche-pop sound featuring some seemingly uncharacteristic, yet oddly fitting horns and merrymakers-at-the-beach sound effects.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back on Monday with another edition of the Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcast (which I think you’ll find very interesting).