THE COLLECTORS - Lydia Purple

THE COLLECTORS - 'Lydia Purple' / 'She (Will-O'-The Wind)' (Warner Bros 7194) 1968

It's about time a label did the good thing and collected the works of The Collectors including their earlier incarnation as The Classics and put together a retrospective CD including all 45 sides and choice album cuts.
Perhaps the best Collectors compilation was put together by Edsel but that was in the 80s and it was vinyl only. OK if you're a vinyl freak like me but these days most folks don't have a turntable.

'Lydia Purple' has always been my favourite Collectors song. It's a very haunting tune, almost classical but with that West Coast psych vibe running throughout. It was produced by Dave Hassinger who had previously set the controls for The Electric Prunes.
The song was not a band original and they didn't really want to record it but did so at the insistance of Hassinger who claimed it suited their style and they needed a hit. At the band's insistance, session musicians were used and big time Californian players Larry Knechtel and Jessie Erlich were recruited to play piano, harpsicord and cello.

The flip 'She (Will O' The Wind)' is also GREAT and is a band original.

related info: A promo video of The Collectors performing 'Lydia Purple' is currently on YouTube and Giant Crab also recorded the song.

Comments

  1. Lydia Purple lived in a steeple,
    tall by nature, colored by people.
    Lydia Purple was taken for granted
    by people that knew her, whose views were all slanted.

    Writing sonets daily, drinking apple tea,
    Lydia pretending she's free.

    Living there lonely, a view from her window,
    she keeps to herself and peeks through the keyhole.
    At the end of her first year, her walls were all painted,
    she wrote to her lover who never existed.

    Writing sonets daily, drinking apple tea,
    Lydia pretending she's free.

    Inst

    Singing softly she tends her tower,
    Sweep the dirt, wipe the hurt,
    She sings.

    Inst

    By the close of her third year she talked to her mirror.
    Her questions were clever, her answers much clearer.

    Lydia Purple lived in a steeple,
    tall by nature, colored by people.

    Lydia Purple lived in a steeple,
    tall by nature, colored by people.

    Lydia Purple lived in a steeple,
    tall by nature, colored by people.


    If anybody can find tabs for this wonderful song... Many many many thanks in advance! :-)

    Pascal

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  2. I don't think it's "wipe the hurt" but rather "hide the hurt".

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  3. Beautiful song indeed, but in which year was it brought? Was it a single? In 1967? In 1968?

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  4. According to ARSA radio charts it was released June 1968

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  5. "Lydia Purple" is my favourite Collectors track as well. The original version was on "Mobius" the debut album by Don Dunn & Tony McCashen, and you can hear this version on the "Realistic Patterns"
    comp on Psychic Circle. It was also
    covered by Giant Crab.

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