Not long ago, I picked up this LP in a bargain bin in one of Brighton's second-hand record stores. It is titled Swinging London and it's a joint project by two very minor bands - The First Impression and The Good Earth. The album was released by Saga Records in 1968 and it was a blatant attempt to cash-up on Swinging London phenomenon. The photo on the front sleeve doesn't leave out any of the 60's Swinging London cliches - girls in minis, boys in a newest gear, psychedelic mini, Chelsea location (photo was taken on Royal Avenue, to be precise) - it's all there. The models could have done with some better clothes. In fact, the whole thing could have done with better looking models. I can't quite figure out whether the whole thing was intended as pastiche, a bit like movie Smashing Time, or not. People responsible for that photoshoot, probably couldn't either - they hoped that the words 'Swinging London' stuck on a cover would make it a definite winner.
As someone who's obsessed with British Psychedelic 60's, I like that sleeve - Even though it's a little bit naff - and have it displayed on one of my mantelpieces (I've put Velvet Cave sticker where the sleeve was damaged by numerous price tags).
Compilation Swinging London - The Accidental Genius Of Saga Records 1968 - 1970 released in 2008 shows the label had some decent Pop/Psyche acts at the time, so why did they choose The First Impressions and The Good Earth for their Swinging London record, is a mystery.
If you ever see this vinyl in second hand record store or on e-bay, do give it a miss. Unless, of course, you only buy it for the cover....