The Electric Banana: The Complete deWolfe Sessions (1967-1978/2019)
Anyway, the Electric Banana were an alter ego of the Pretty Things. You can read the history elsewhere, but it was essentially a side project of the band, a way to make a little money on the side by intermittently recording songs for a film library, to be used as backing tracks in low budget movies (and for that reason, every song was recorded in both a vocal and instrumental version). The Banana, like the Pretties, evolved over the course of a handful of records from a bluesy British Invasion band to trippy late 60s psychedelia to early 70s hard rock. And as with the Pretty Things, it's the psyche stuff that I find most appealing. And, somewhat surprisingly, some of the band's best songs were recorded under the Banana moniker, never making it onto official Pretty Things releases (though a few showed up in alternate versions).
The best of these include "I See You" (which appeared in a cleaner, less heavy version on the Pretties' psychedelic masterpiece SF Sorrow); the frenzied acid rock of "Alexander" and "Blow Your Mind" (as great as anything the Pretties released in their own name); the rollicking psychedelic boogie of "It'll Never Be Me" (which sounds like a near-perfect SF Sorrow outtake, another one of the band's finest tunes); and the proto-prog-hard rock of "Eagles Son" and "Grey Skies." But there are plenty of other great, long lost tunes buried here and worth checking out; it's all but essential for Pretty Things fans, but plenty of fun for anyone who enjoys obscure British psyche.
Here's "It'll Never Be Me," from a forgotten 60s film that used the music, and in which the band appeared: