Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Peter Best - Carousel Of Love 7" USA Capitol P 2092, 1967

What a mess! That's my first reaction on hearing these kitchen sink psych operettas - orchestration, sound effects, rich melodies which fall down, break or twist (to replicate the psychedelic experience). Or is the breakdown to replicate the cycle of falling in love, then everything falling apart? Overall a good pop-psych track - hear it on A Forest Of Gold Tops.

This Peter Best was a member of the Pogs from Sydney's North shore. He has a mess of songwriting credits on late 60s records (Tony Shepp's Pretty Dull for one), and two solo singles of his own (this one came out on Columbia here (DO 5039)). Later he composed film scores - Bazza McKenzie is one of his. Interestingly at least half the internet still thinks this single is by the Beatles' drummer, which may have been at least some of the thinking behind Capitol's original US release.

Billboard also reported he'd made a colour film to go with the song which he was sending over to Capitol. I wonder what became of that. They also tantalisingly mention a possible Dutch press - contact me if you're holding (not talking about microdots).


  1. For many years in the 80's-90's many an unscrupulous (or perhaps uninformed) record dealer tried to pass this off as an odd release by Pete Best and the story went round that his name was changed to "Peter" to avoid legal complications with his labelmates/former bandmates. Nice to see that cleared up!

  2. Confusing this Pete with that Pete was so easy, there was a photo of this disc in the other Pete's autobiography "Beatle! The Pete Best Story" (1982).