The Misunderstood ‎– Before The Dream Faded

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Colour Of Their Sound
Children Of The Sun
My Mind
Who Do You Love
I Unseen
Find A Hidden Door
I Can Take You To The Sun
Blue Day In Riverside
I'm Not Talking
Who's Been Talking
I Need Your Love
You Don't Have To Go Out
I Cried My Eyes Out
Like I Do
Untitled

Versions (14)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BRED 32, B RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red, Cherry Red BRED 32, B RED 32 UK 1982 Sell This Version
B RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red B RED 32 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BRED 32, B RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red, Cherry Red BRED 32, B RED 32 France 1982 Sell This Version
B RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red B RED 32 UK 1982 Sell This Version
BRED 32, B RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red, Cherry Red BRED 32, B RED 32 UK 1982 Sell This Version
B Red 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red B Red 32 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
E-30198 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(LP, Comp) Cherry Red E-30198 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
CD BRED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE) Cherry Red CD BRED 32 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CD BRED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE) Cherry Red CD BRED 32 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDM RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE, Jew) Cherry Red CDM RED 32 UK 2000 Sell This Version
CDM RED 32, CDMRED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE, Jew) Cherry Red, Cherry Red CDM RED 32, CDMRED 32 Europe 2012 Sell This Version
CDM RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE, Dig) Cherry Red CDM RED 32 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CD BRED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE, Dig) Cherry Red CD BRED 32 UK Unknown Sell This Version
CDM RED 32 The Misunderstood Before The Dream Faded(CD, Comp, RE, Jew) Cherry Red CDM RED 32 UK Unknown Sell This Version

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streetmouse

streetmouse

January 31, 2021
referencing Before The Dream Faded, LP, Comp, BRED 32, B RED 32

A Fun Listen Once Or Twice, Nothing More ...

Hailing from California and deeply influenced by the Yardbirds, the Misunderstood followed in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix, making their way to the UK during the swinging 60’s, where they recorded a handful of singles before falling apart.

Perhaps more than their music, the band was infamous for their aggressive light shows, nevertheless, their music was ear deafening, considered to be the first to feature garage acid rock, with the late John Peel saying, “If I had to list the ten greatest performances I’ve seen in my live, one would be the Misunderstood (at Pandora’s Box in 1966). The truth about the band’s sound is rather murky, though they were innovative, almost to the point that a live show seemed to have no point at all, other than to sonically waste the audience with a wall of sound, leaving listeners with their mouths open wide, not sure (probably due to any number of substances being consumed) as to whether the group was actually good or just intense … smashing into the outer limits of psychedelic rock.

On the other hand, one could easily infer that the Misunderstood were a fairly blues based outfit who liked to experiment and improvise with guitar effects and amplification, where during the Summer of Love, audiences looked down on them as some sort of bizarre novelty act, a parody of what might happen to some good looking kids with an unlimited supply of Dexedrine, playing wide-eyed and lit like a match.

Before The Dream Faded gives you a taste of everything, with half the disc containing cuts for the band’s Riverside (California) days during the mid 60’s, though it’s the six tracks they recorded in London during 1966 that will reach out and grab you. That said, others are going to suggest that the Misunderstood affair was tragic, the loss of an explorative side of psychedelic rock, a mere glimpse at what might have been … though if you weave your way down that street, you’re gonna have to at some point ask yourself, “Why if the Misunderstood were so inventive and great, did they not achieve any commercial success at all,” with the answer being that they simply weren’t that great. Their tantalizing glimpse into amphetamine fueled rock was rather coarse, ill-defined, pretentious and unappealing, offering listeners little to do but sit nervously as the music spun out.

And the truth about their music I alluded to earlier, the truth is that this band were so far out on their own, so out of touch with the space and time in which they lived, so individual and innovative that you can only wonder at the set of circumstances that conspired to prevent them from becoming the iconic name that was surely their destiny … and then again, perhaps not, as Before The Dream Faded is just a livid look-back at time when all things seemed possible.

In reality, it was all a moment in time that wore out its welcome and would never last.

*** The Fun Facts: The band drew their name from the Animals’ single “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

And then there’s the Rick Brown saga, the stuff of mythical legend, where at the height of the Viet Nam war, he slipped out of bootcamp (US Army) and set out on a spiritual journey to mystical India, living for seven yeas as monk in a primitive ashram. With the discovery of a secret ruby mine and magical jewels, he becomes embroiled in further extraordinary adventures, his fugitive life forcing him to live in the shadows, one step ahead of the authorities.

Review by Jenell Kesler
christrevor

christrevor

October 23, 2020
referencing Before The Dream Faded, CD, Comp, RE, Jew, CDM RED 32, CDMRED 32
Heads up: I ordered this version of the album and received a CD-R. Try to find a 1992 or 2000 version instead.
TREMOLO68

TREMOLO68

July 2, 2020
referencing Before The Dream Faded, CD, Comp, RE, Dig, CD BRED 32
The first side "Colour of Their Sound" is some of the finest early guitar experimentation outside of the Yardbirds and the Velvet Underground. Specifically, Glenn Ross Campbell really stretches out tones and feedback to coax sounds of jets and dive bombers. Truly fantastic stuff that the garden variety psych fan is sadly unaware of.
TREMOLO68

TREMOLO68

January 14, 2020
referencing Before The Dream Faded, LP, Comp, BRED 32, B RED 32

This compilation is in dire need of reissue. The first side alone, "Colour of Their Sound" is legendary for its innovation and pyrotechnics.
e-kartoffel

e-kartoffel

April 4, 2012
referencing Before The Dream Faded, LP, Comp, BRED 32, B RED 32
take care, it seems the LP/vinyl has been bootlegged in Greece.