I was listening to a really rare album called Tangerine Dream by a long forgotten psychedelic band called Kaleidoscope – If you ever find this album in mint condition its worth a fortune – I had picked up one of the tracks – Flight From Ashiya, previously on a rare cut album called Sergeant Salt and Other Condiments issued ten or twelve years ago. Record Collector Magazine have a feature on the band in this month’s issue – so I was off to try and find it of course. The band are often confused with a US band called Kaleidoscope who were performing around the same time but in a rare occurrence both bands existed and released music which is rather confusing when you’re trying to look them up on Spotify! I found this brilliant album, released in 1967, on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOtNRZ4fR_4
I was really enjoying it when, after track three, the beats changed completely sounding really modern, I looked up and that irritating f**cking advert that Google has of those bakers spinning dough was playing BETWEEN TRACKS! So now they not only poison the beginning of any video that has been ‘monetized’ but you can’t get through an album without an advert being played between the tracks. Cue – big turn off of people visiting the platform to listen to music.
A step too far?, what do you think?
© Nigel Carr