In 1985 the two original guitarists, Wayne Hussey & Gary Marx, left The Sisters Of Mercy and formed separate bands. The Sisters Of Mercy became a vehicle for singer Andrew Eldritch who enjoyed some commercial success. Wayne Hussey also experienced some commercial success, to a lesser degree, with a similar style of dark and moody goth rock – all dry ice, dark glasses, cowboy hats and tassels. While Gary Marx joined forces with singer Anne Marie Hurst, formerly of goth rockers The Skeletal Family.
Bizarrely, Hurst’s female vocals and Ghost Dance’s lighter goth pop overtones gave them a more commercial radio sound than the Sisters or The Mission. But unlike their contemporaries, they failed in their quest for Top 40 success.
In 1989 Ghost Dance released their second album, Stop The World on Chrysalis Records. Though it was their first studio album, as their debut, Gathering Dust was a compilation of their first three EPs. Stop The World included the singles ‘Celebrate’ and ‘Down To The Wire’ (which reached the Top 75) but has long been deleted. So this deluxe edition will be welcomed by forty-somethings as they blow the cobwebs from their memories and indulge in a bit of 1980s goth nostalgia.
Stop The World: Deluxe Edition is a 2 CD 20 track reissue which includes the original album plus a bonus disc of non-album material which includes b-sides, an alternate single version of ‘Celebrate’ and three live tracks. Anne Marie Hurst was joined by other members in compiling this release, which includes a booklet with rare photos, music paper articles, quotes and memorabilia from the period.
Stop The World: Deluxe Edition by Ghost Dance is released on Cherry Red Records.
Incense & Peppermints / Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow by The Strawberry Alarm Clock
The Strawberry Alarm Clock are best known for releasing one of the defining records of 1967 & the psychedelic Summer of Love with the US chart-topping 45 ‘Incense And Peppermints’, but this west coast psych pop band were far more than one-hit wonders.
Incense And Peppermints (apologies for the poor quality but this is a rare performance)
Tune In via Cherry Red Records release a 2CD set comprising of The Strawberry Alarm Clock’s first two albums – Incense & Peppermints and Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow + three bonus single tracks.
Curse Of The Witches from Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow
Incense And Peppermints/Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow comes with a 16 page booklet featuring a new essay on the band that, with quotes from the leading players, examines the cult that surrounds The Strawberry Alarm Clock and includes the story behind that iconic single and details of the band’s exploits on the road with the likes of the Beach Boys and Buffalo Springfield.
This Tune In Records release comes with a superb master tape sound quality and the booklet includes some rare photos.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense And Peppermints/Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow track listing:
1. THE WORLD’S ON FIRE
2. BIRDS IN MY TREE
3. LOSE TO LIVE
4. STRAWBERRIES MEAN LOVE
5. RAINY DAY MUSHROOM PILLOW
6. PAXTON’S BACK STREET CARNIVAL
7. HUMMIN’ HAPPY
8. PASS TIME WITH THE SAC
9. INCENSE AND PEPPERMINTS
10. UNWIND WITH THE CLOCK
11. THE BIRDMAN OF ALKATRASH
12. NIGHTMARE OF PERCUSSION
13. SOFT SKIES, NO LIES 14. TOMORROW
15. THEY SAW THE FAT ONE COMING
16. CURSE OF THE WITCHES
17. SIT WITH THE GURU
18. GO BACK (YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY)
19. PRETTY SONG FROM PSYCH-OUT
20. SITTING ON A STAR
21. BLACK BUTTER, PAST
22. BLACK BUTTER, PRESENT
23. BLACK BUTTER, FUTURE
24. TOMORROW (SINGLE MIX)
25. SIT WITH THE GURU (SINGLE MIX)
Incense & Peppermints/Wake Up… It’s Tomorrow by The Strawberry Alarm Clock is reissued as a 2CD release on Tune In Records via Cherry Red.
A Strange Affair - The Sixties Recordings by John's Children
John’s Children were a quintessential cult 1960s Mod/Psych band, controversial, sharply dressed and subsequently the stuff of legend.
The band were fronted by Andy Ellison (later with Jet and Radio Stars) and boasted Marc Bolan within their ranks during their short life.
A Strange Affair includes John’s Children entire releases between 1966 and 1970.
This all-encompassing collection includes: two singles original released on EMI’s Columbia label: ‘The Love I Thought I’d Found’ and ‘Just What You Want – Just What You Get’;four singles for The Who’s Track Records: ‘Desdemona’, the legendarily withdrawn ‘Midsummer Night’s Scene’, ‘Come And Play With Me In The Garden’ and ‘Go-Go Girl’; as well as their ‘mock-live’ album Orgasm! which was belatedly issued on the US label White Whale in 1970.Along with Andy Ellison’s subsequent solo singles ‘It’s Been A Long Time’ (Track), ‘Fool From Upper Eden’ (CBS) and ‘You Can’t Do That’ (SNB); and three tracks recorded by pre-John’s Children band The Silence. All this plus a raft of rare and previously unissued alternative versions and mixes.
This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children has been compiled with help from Andy Ellison with detailed sleeve-notes by their manager Simon Napier-Bell.
SINGLES & RARITIES
1. THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND
2. STRANGE AFFAIR
3. JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
4. BUT SHE’S MINE
6. REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET
7. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE
8. SARA, CRAZY CHILD
9. COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN
10. GO-GO GIRL
11. JAGGED TIME LAPSE
12. ARTHUR GREEN (credited to Andy Ellison)
13. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo)
14. FOOL FROM UPPER EDEN (Andy Ellison solo)
15. ANOTHER LUCKY LIE (Andy Ellison solo)
16. YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Andy Ellison solo)
17. CORNFLAKE ZOO (Andy Ellison solo)
18. HELP! (Andy Ellison solo)
19. CASBAH CANDY (Andy Ellison solo)
20. HIPPY GUMBO (Andy Ellison solo)
21. DOWN DOWN (by The Silence)
22. COLD ON ME (by The Silence)
23. FORGIVE ME IF I’M WRONG (by The Silence)
24. MUSTANG FORD
25. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED
26. SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Vocal)
DISC 2: ORGASM + BONUS TRACKS
1. KILLER BEN
2. JAGGED TIME LAPSE
3. SMASHED! BLOCKED!
4. YOU’RE A NOTHING
5. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL
6. COLD ON ME
7. LEAVE ME ALONE
8. LET ME KNOW
9. JUST WHAT YOU WANT – JUST WHAT YOU’LL GET
10. WHY DO YOU LIE
11. STRANGE AFFAIR (Alternative Mix)
12. BUT SHE’S MINE (Alternative Mix)
13. THE LOVE I THOUGHT I’D FOUND (First Version)
14. DESDEMONA (“Why do you have to lie” Version)
15. REMEMBER THOMAS À BECKET (Alternative Version)
16. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Version)
17. SARA, CRAZY CHILD (German Single Version)
18. JAGGED TIME LAPSE (Alternative Version)
19. IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME (Andy Ellison solo, Stereo Mix)
20. YOU CAN’T DO THAT (Acetate Version, Andy Ellison solo)
21. HIPPY GUMBO (Marc Bolan Vocal)
22. NOT THE SORT OF GIRL YOU TAKE TO BED (Alternative Version)
23. SALLY WAS AN ANGEL (Instrumental)
24. COME AND PLAY WITH ME IN THE GARDEN (Instrumental)
25. THE PERFUMED GARDEN OF GULLIVER SMITH (Instrumental)
26. MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S SCENE (Alternative Mix)
This 2-CD set release by Grapefruit Records via Cherry Red Records of A Strange Affair – The Sixties Recordings by John’s Children was released on 25th November, 2013.
Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore has been described as one of the world’s greatest live albums receives a 4 CD release from Universal, with a mix supervised by surviving members of one of rock’s first supergroups, Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley.
When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, who had recently left pop band The Herd. Both Marriott & Frampton were looking to step away from the limelight of pop adulation and create something that would be taken more seriously and allow more self expression in their music.
Along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and a 17-year-old drummer named Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had previously used as a session musician, Humble Pie was formed and found success with their own brand of hard rock blues. The band included three great singers and offered each the space to write. Humble Pie recorded four albums and released several singles before achieving its breakthrough in the United States with 1971’s double-live album, Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore.
Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome’s repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie’s first Gold album.
Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings, in conjunction with Universal Music, have gathered all four shows from Humble Pie’s historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing took place – just the four sets exactly as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances – including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28.
“My God, it just took my breath away,” Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.”
Frampton also praises the vastly improved audio quality, and was especially happy to revisit the material that wasn’t used on the original LP. “It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” he says. “The beauty of it is that you get three other completely different performances of most of the songs. And it’s great to hear Steve’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with [imitates Marriott] ‘It’s really been a gas!’ for 40-odd years, and now there’s more.”
The deluxe compilation was produced by Peter Frampton and Jerry Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski containing detailed liner notes by Tim Cohan.
Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ The Fillamore 4 CD Box Set Track Listing:
05/28/71 Friday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:51
2. I’m Ready 8:20
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:07
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 6:16
5. I Don’t Need No Doctor 8:40
05/28/71 Friday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:45
2. I’m Ready 8:42
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 27:19
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)* 5:26
5. Rollin’ Stone* 16:55
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor* 9:13
05/29/71 Saturday, First Show
1. Four Day Creep 3:55
2. I’m Ready 8:40
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters 26:11
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:59
5. Stone Cold Fever* 6:08
05/29/71 Saturday, Second Show
1. Four Day Creep* 3:50
2. I’m Ready* 8:44
3. I Walk On Gilded Splinters* 27:53
4. Hallelujah (I Love Her So) 5:33
5. Rollin’ Stone 12:27
6. I Don’t Need No Doctor 7:34
One Vowel Away From The Truth - Groovy Uncle featuring Suzi Chunk
Following on from 2011’s “Play Something We Know!” and last year’s “Girl From The Neck Down” (which introduced Cardiff- based soul “singist” Suzi Chunk to an enthusiastic audience), the Groovy Uncle project now presents us with their latest offering “One Vowel Away From The Truth”. Mood wise this is a wonderfully crafted light and shade affair and possesses none of the disappointing characteristics often found on many a “tricky” third album. Once again, songwriter Glenn Prangnell is joined by Suzi C to share lead and backing vocal duties on what is the first true Unc ‘n’ Chunk release where they are more than ably supported by musical chums old and new.
“I Know Where The Sun Shines” (with Miss Chunk on lead vocal) kicks in the front door with this Beat-tastic number and if you close your eyes this could be Dusty live at the Cavern backed by The Mojos! Glenn’s turn on the next couple of sunshine pop tracks – “Neptune Girl” and “The Money Shot”(featuring Peter White on keyboard) – are infectious, fun and melodic. “When I Saw Love”allows us to hearGlenn and Suzi duet for the first time to great effect. It’s a haunting ballad complete with a lovely French horn solo from Neil Mitchell but is also lyrically intriguing as this is not quite the straightforward boy/girl love song that it seems. This is a stalker’s letter to his (or her) prey: “I didn’t shed a single tear, I swear/Anyway how would you know, you couldn’t see me there…” Next up is a jaunty, sideways look at boredom in Everytown- ” I need a conversation but I wont get it from him/The man who wears a tracksuit but goes nowhere near a gym” – “Memory” is reminiscent of a Move track sung by Carl Wayne with a nod to “Help!” era Beatles. “Brand New Badge” gives Suzi the chance to give it some ballsy attitude: “Man, you just been pigeon-holed!”
Back in Everytown, Grimfordshire on an “Ordinary Day”we’re faced with chancers, racists and grotesques yet the humour remains: “There’s a fellow on the corner and I think he is a racist/I know his brother pretty well he was a big fan of Oasis/But I’m not inclined to agree/I’ve a mind of my own and your hate isn’t mine/I’ve got my beady eye on you”. Very Kinks this one andthe lead guitar work from Bruce Brand is sublime.
“Must Have”is a slinky, sexy number withhorn section courtesy of John Littlefair and Suzi gives a suitably sultry vocal performance. The melancholic “November” sees former Singing Loin Rob Shepherd guesting on mandolin while “It’s Not Like Me” chugs along very nicely, thank you. “Consider It Done” features Roan Kearsey-Lawson on vibes which sits perfectly as the icing on the cake for this Dusty-esque ballad and Suzi’s lead vocal will break your heart (again). “Me And My Fair Weather Friend” is the tragi-comic tale of a sad Alpha male with a girl’s name (never revealed) and bad tattoos (“something profound in Chinese” ). This track (and several others) features the trumpet playing of John Whitaker which works perfectly. Jon Barker (formerly of The Daggermen, Buff Medways, Graham Day and The Gaolers, The Kravin’ A’s and many more) joins the line-up for the Small Faces inspired number “I’m Nearly Mad About You”. A big tune with Suzi back at the mic. Prangnell wanted a “Thanks For Listening” type of song to close the album when he remembered the 1967 hit “Thank U Very Much”by The Scaffold and decided to write an updated version. He came up with the beautifully sarcastic and funny “Human Scaffold”and, in common with it’s musical ancestor, the song is a list of things for which we should all be “thankful”: “Thank you for the Big Society and making sure we never walk alone/Thank you for the awesome and amazing things I’m capable of doing on my phone/Thank you for the handy hints you find on tins, I never would have done it on my own”.
Recorded entirely on analogue equipment at Sandgate Sound Studios in Kent and released on their own Trouserphonic label, “One Vowel Away From The Truth” is clearly a well crafted team effort. As well as the aforementioned musicians, there is the rock solid, authentic drumming of Mole Lambert, crucial to the sound throughout. See also the tasteful, adept bass playing of Nick Rice. Everyone works together, nobody shows off and egos are left in the bins provided. The sleeve art alone deserves a special mention: a Hanna-Barbera style cartoon of the band by Darryl Hartley with design and layoutby Arthole Retrographics.
Any one of the 14 tracks featured on this album could easily become your Earworm du jour. You can buy the CD album from www.groovyuncle.co.uk or download it from iTunes.
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