Twink - Think Pink. 1970 England

Twink - Think Pink. 1970 Polydor. Released in many countries including the USA (on Sire)

CD reissues: 1991 SPM (Germany); 1997 Twink Records; 2013 Sunbeam

LP reissues: 1996 Twink Records; 2013 Sunbeam (with supplemental CD)

Packaging: I inexplicably missed this album in my initial discovery phase of the 1980s and early 90s. And continued that blissful ignorance until 2013, with the new fantastic Sunbeam issues. According to the liner notes, the real original is actually the US press on Sire. It's also the only one with a foldout cover. The UK and other European presses followed later, and were issued as a single sleeve. From a collector's standpoint, most of the variations are relatively affordable (though not cheap), but UK originals with the original pink inner sleeve will set you back multi-hundreds. As for CDs, the SPM was first to market, and I'm sure it's not worth bothering with, as most of their product were subpar issues. If there was another entry point for me regarding "Think Pink", I would have to think the 25 year anniversary LP and CD issues on their own Twink Records would have been good versions to own. I haven't seen them personally, but I didn't have too much trouble finding copies for sale. So that gets us to the new Sunbeam reissues, which I have to imagine will be very tough to beat from here on out. You have two choices here: 1) Buy the CD or 2) For a few dollars more get the gatefold LP with a CD thrown in as a bonus (like the Necronomicon we discussed last year). This is a new concept that I'm highly fond of, being both an LP and CD collector. Now the CD's do not come in the original case, but that's a small matter considering the lavish LP packaging. Not only do you get the gatefold cover, but also a thick booklet filled with a well written history and photos. The CD also has copious and relevant bonus tracks. Through and through an outstanding job, and certainly my keeper copy. If an original walks in the door, great, but I don't feel compelled to add it to my want list.

Notes: "Think Pink" arrived at that most exciting time in 1970 when psychedelic bands were stretching the boundaries of their sound, tiring of the confining popular music norm, while not willing to immerse themselves into the upcoming progressive rock movement. So what you have here is a highly imaginative album, filled with true psychedelic sounds. The fuzz guitar is divine throughout. Albums like this would normally be found in Sweden or Germany at this time, rather than England, and constitutes one of my favorite styles of music. It's chaotic, but never out of control. And there are actual songs here, adding to the allure.

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  1. The "Think Pink" album also had a 1999 release in Akarma (Italy). Both CD and (pink) vinyl. Legit or not, I do not know...

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    1. Hi Spyros,

      Yea, I've been cautious about Akarma. As we know, many of their pressings are of dubious origin. It seems most of their Italian releases, and a handful of English ones have been fully licensed, whereas most of their US releases are sketchy at best (not counting the Vanguard series on parent label Comet of course). For those that I'm unsure of, I'll just choose to leave them off until I see evidence otherwise. :-)

      Looking forward to your new Cosmic Eye releases. Happy New year my friend!

      - Tom

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