Never Never Land (Pink Fairies album)

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Never Never Land
Pink Fairies - Never Neverland.jpg
Studio album by Pink Fairies
Released May 1971
Recorded 1971
Studio Command Studios, London[1]
Genre Psychedelic rock, proto-punk, space rock
Length 46:21
Label Polydor
Producer Pink Fairies, Neil Slaven
Pink Fairies chronology
Mona – The Carnivorous Circus
(1970)Mona – The Carnivorous Circus1970
Never Never Land
(1971)
What a Bunch of Sweeties
(1972)What a Bunch of Sweeties1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Never Never Land is the 1971 debut album by the UK underground group Pink Fairies.

The group were formed when the three musicians from The Deviants, having sacked their singer and leader Mick Farren, returned from a disastrous tour of the West Coast of North America and hooked up with Twink. These musicians had previously collaborated on Twink's Think Pink prior to the tour, and during the tour Twink, Farren and Steve Peregrin Took had used The Pink Fairies Motorcycle Club and All-Star Rock and Roll Band name, taken from a story written by Jamie Mandelkau, as an umbrella for their activities, including one gig in Manchester.[3]

Polydor Records commissioned the group to record a single, "The Snake"/"Do It", and were happy enough with the results to offer the group an album contract. A promotional film was recorded for the single on the set of Oliver!, but the single was omitted from this debut album.[4] The b-side, "Do It", did appear but with added overdubs. "Do It" was later covered by the Henry Rollins Band on their Do It album.

The sleeve came in a printed PVC cover, with an inner gatefold sleeve depicting two different scenescapes, and a printed inner sleeve with a photograph of the band.

200 copies were also pressed on pink vinyl the same year.[5] Initial pressings properly credited the full band as songwriters on all songs, however, Twink worked a deal with a different publisher that resulted in songwriting credits and royalties being erroneously awarded to him for "Heavenly Man", "War Girl", "Thor", and "The Dream is Just Beginning"[6] on later pressings.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Do It" (Pink Fairies) - 4:15
  2. "Heavenly Man" (John Alder) - 3:41
  3. "Say You Love Me" (Pink Fairies) - 3:48
  4. "War Girl" (Alder) - 4:34
  5. "Never Never Land" (Pink Fairies) - 6:55
  6. "Track One, Side Two" (Pink Fairies) - 4:41
  7. "Thor" (Alder) - 0:58
  8. "Teenage Rebel" (Pink Fairies) - 5:20
  9. "Uncle Harry's Last Freak-Out" (Pink Fairies) - 10:51
  10. "The Dream Is Just Beginning" (Alder) - 1:18

2002 CD Bonus Tracks[edit]

  1. "The Snake" (Pink Fairies) - 3:58
  2. "Do It" (Single version) (Pink Fairies) - 3:04
  3. "War Girl" (Alternate extended mix) (Alder) - 4:34
  4. "Uncle Harry's Last Freak-Out" (First version) (Alder) - 12:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Paul Rudolph – guitar, vocals
  • Duncan Sanderson – bass
  • Russell Hunter – drums
  • Twink – drums, vocals

Production[edit]

  • Produced by Pink Fairies & Neil Slaven
  • Recorded & Engineered by Andy Hendriksen & Gary Lyons
  • Pennie Smith, Tony Vesely - sleeve design

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Pink-Fairies-Never-Neverland/release/869116
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Twink site
  4. ^ Fairies Wear Boots – Kerrang! 1983 – HawkFanFare
  5. ^ Goldmine Heavy Metal Record Price Guide - Goldmine 2000 - [1]
  6. ^ Original label [2]

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