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“These are tracks from a period of time when my friends and I were experimenting by listening to everything from West Coast bands like The Byrds to classically-inspired groups such as The Nice,” says Mark Constantine. “Each track has had the deluxe treatment from a collection of great individuals, bands and producers. The result means a great deal to me, and I can’t stop listening to it.”
The record is full of breathtaking moments – the Imagined Village’s take on Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir”, featuring pounding dhol drummers and Eliza Carthy’s incredible vocal performance, is an undoubted highlight. Barney Morse Brown’s version of Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”, a face-off between layered cellos and pounding drums, adds a sinister, ghostly edge to a rock classic. Beautiful vocal performances by Jackie Oates, Rosie Doonan and Marry Waterson bring nostalgic memories of The Zombies, The Byrds and Leonard Cohen into sharp focus. And two versions of Quincy Jones’s “Get A Bloomin’ Move On” – the theme to the 1969 film The Italian Job – bookend the album, give it its title, and give a nod to Lush’s range of Self Preserving products.
“They were truly extraordinary times,” says Simon Heyworth, who mastered the record. “I was an avid attendee at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco. I would go to every concert I could, including Cream, Blind Faith, The Grateful Dead, Buffalo Springfield. I never saw The Zombies perform, but Teddy Thompson’s rendition of ‘She’s Not There’ is brilliant. I love the way all these recordings sound.”
Those without record players do not despair! Each album comes with its very own USB stick containing all the songs as high quality sound files as well as notes on the tracks and their originals.
The Self Preservation Society is now available in all Lush stores across the UK, and music holding stores in Europe. It is an extraordinarily vivid document of two eras: then and now. Take a listen and pick up your very own copy here!