Boomkat Product Review:
It would be easy to claim fakery when listening to this latest 'find' from the Ninja Tune label. Apparently even the label themselves were unconvinced when they first heard 'BFI', but then it only goes to show just how much great music is out there waiting to be discovered. The Dragons were three brothers Doug, Daryl and Dennis Dragon and in the mid 60s from their Malibu home they had the idea to form a band and re-create what was wonderful about the Beach Boys. Tracks were recorded, and although one surfaced on the soundtrack to a lesser-known surf movie, little else was heard from them. The three brothers went on to do other things, notably they all played in the Beach Boys' backing band at some point and Daryl would become one half of pop duo Captain and Tenille, but The Dragons was something of a distant memory. Fast forward a few years, maybe a few more and Strictly Kev (one half of DJ Food and a serious record collector) comes across 'that' surf soundtrack and is stunned by a particular track by The Dragons, a band he can find little or no information on. He decides he wants to place it on a Solid Steel mix cd, and eventually gets in touch with one of the brothers who after some conversation tells Kev that there's a whole album of the stuff if he wants to hear it. Clearly for a record collector and music junkie this is just about the best thing that can happen to you, and shockingly all the songs blew his minde. Kev promptly passed the album on to Ninja Tune and that's exactly what we have here, a proper release of an album recorded in the late 60s and forgotten ever since, and what's more it's pretty darned good. Those of you obsessed with Andy Votel's series of Finders Keepers re-issues should be well aware of the musical goodness that can be found in the outer reaches of 60s and 70s psychedelic pop, and similarly 'BFI' should captivate listeners with its skewed take on psychedelia and Beach Boys-style goodness. There's nothing here that necessarily does anything differently than we might have heard before and nothing as earth shattering s 'Good Vibrations' for instance, but still there's a chance not only to hear a historical artefact but also to sink your teeth into some no holds barred, unashamed psych pop. This is sure to be played to death just about everywhere in the next few months so grab it before everyone else does... Very good indeed.