PANDAMONIUM - The Unreleased Album - 1970, Radioactive


To serious record collectors the name Pandamonium means several highly collectable singles issued by CBS in the 60s. The band, which started life in 1963/64 as the Pandas, consisted of the song writing team of Bob Ponton and Martin Curtis with the support of fellow men of Kent Mick Glass and Steve Chapman (who later played drums for Al Stewart and Poco). After signing to CBS in 1966, the band enjoyed underground success with a superb cover of Donovan Leitchís Season Of The Witch (CBS 202462), which curiously enough pre-dated the folk singerís own version of the song, later to appear on the Sunshine Superman album, by some months.The cult success of Season Of The Witch was followed by what many consider to be their finest single, No Presents For Me (CBS 2664), a track which was pure psychedelic beat and featured some extremely effective backwards fuzz guitar. One further single followed on the CBS label (Chocolate Buster Dam/Fly With Me Forever - CBS 3451), but a disagreement with the label led to the groupís departure and subsequent dissolution. 1970 found Ponton and Curtis back in the studio, but this time supported by some illustrious session men in the form of Albert Lee and Chas Hodges from Heads, Hands And Feet, as well as Jerry Donahue, Gerry Conway and Tim Donaldson, all plying their trade with Fotheringay at the time prior to various stints with Fairport Convention. This is a great British psych/pop album with some superb songs and instrumentation that reflects the status of the participants and it somewhat baffeling that an album of this stature has remained unreleased for so long. However, after a 30-year wait, Radioactive is proud to make this extremely important recording available for the first time.