…This collection comprises all those beautiful songs and liner notes written by the musicians themselves to set things straight and widen a scope. Perhaps, one could live without the take on THE BEATLES’ “Rain” that RUPERTS’ notched live during their early ’90s reunion, yet their 1969 concert reading of THE STONES’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” shows the ensemble’s depth.
…There’s a lot to admire on this compilation – that seems to be missing a track mentioned in an extensive essay – yet it’s its historic significance that’s impossible to overestimate. At last, RUPERT’S PEOPLE have their faces on. ****1/3
DME Music Site
The reputation of Brit Sixties never-weres Rupert’s People rests on two things: the stunning 1967 single “Reflections of Charles Brown”, a “Whiter Shade of Pale” sound-alike, and “Hold On”, a scorching slice of guitar-driven frenzy.
They only released three singles in 1967-68. Before they became Rupert’s People, they traded as The Sweet Feeling and issued one single under that name in 1966. So that’s eight tracks. Not much basis for a CD.
This 18-tracker broadens things by including a bunch of material by band-member Rod Lynton’s post-Rupert’s adventures 1970-72 and a couple of live reunion cuts from either 1992 or ’94 (both dates are given). One Sweet Feeling track is credited to Rupert’s People, and one Rupert’s People B-side is missing.
The instrumental “Flying High” seems to be a vintage-era backing track. 45 RPM is a rag-bag bulked with filler, but the real Sixties stuff is essential and great: mods-gone-freaky, with touches of Small Faces and Hendrix. Stick with the first seven tracks.
The Lynton/Gordon Haskell co-write Hold On is one of the most storming 60s club killers of its ilk, with a Hammond part that could melt time. Herein, you’ll also find mushily phased pop-psych gold dust (I Can Show You) plus some attractively Badfingeresque ballast from offshoot bands Matchbox and Swampfox.
Record Collector (August 2012)
This collection also features some of their live re-recordings, boasting a great Hammond/psych guitar-driven ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’ and a Marriottesque vocal on The Small Faces ‘My Mind’s Eye’.
Shindig magazine (October 2012)