Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Flying Machine_1969_Janus Records




ok kids , i am still alive , ha - recently found this GEM , forgot all about the hit ! thats always fun. whats a great song , the whole lp is actually quite good. fans of pop psych & bubblegum will really enjoy this one ~

The Flying Machine_1969_- Janus Records
ALL TRAX FROM WAX - transferred by akashaman - 2010 - MP3 @ 320kbps
includes high rez cover scans !

1- SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME
2- MARIE TAKE A CHANCE
3- WAITING ON THE SHORES OF NOWHERE
4- THAT SAME OLD FEELING
5- THERE SHE GOES
6- BABY MAKE IT SOON
7- BROKEN HEARTED ME, EVIL HEARTED YOU
8- A THINGS CALLED LOVE
9- MY BABY'S COMING HOME
10- SEND MY BABY HOME AGAIN

This was a British studio rock band not to be confused with the American folk-rock group “The Flying Machine” with “James Taylor” that was also formed in the 1960’s. The members were “Stewart Coleman” on bass, “Steve Jones” on lead guitar and vocals, “Samuel Kemp” on autoharp and vocals, “Anthony Newman” on rhythm guitar and vocals and “Paul Wilkinson” on drums. Jones was not the same “Steve Jones” who later would be a member of “The Sex Pistols” and “Neurotic Outsiders” even though they were both from England. “Flying Machine” formed by “Pye” records producer/songwriter “Tony Macaulay” and producer/songwriter “Geoff Stevens”. Macaulay was the co-writer of “The Foundations” biggest US hit “Build Me Up Buttercup” that peaked on the US singles pop chart at #3 in 1969. Coleman, Kemp and Newman had both been members of “Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours” also known as “The Pinkertons”, Wilkinson had been with “The Peeps” and “The Sabres” and Jones had also been with “The Sabres”. “The Pinkertons” formed in 1964 in Rugby, England as “The Liberators” but changed the group name after adding their newest member “Samuel Pinkerton Kemp”.

“The Pinkertons” had one charting hit in the UK in “Mirror, Mirror” with “She Don’t Care” on the flip side that peaked at #8 in 1966 there. Their next release “Don’t Stop Loving Me Baby” backed by “Will You” but it failed to chart. Their manager “Reg Calvert” was killed in June and “Decca” records decided to drop them from the company. They then decided to change their style and group name and add 2 additional members and became “Flying Machine” in 1969. The group’s music was a combination of bubblegum, pop, rock and psychedelia. They next signed a contract with "Congress" records in the US and with "Pye" records for Canada and overseas distribution. They released "Smile A Little Smile For Me (Rosemarie)" with "Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long" on the B-side on 4 October. It peaked at #5 on the US pop singles chart and sold over a million copies going gold. In December they released “"Send My Baby Home Again" backed by "Look At Me, Look At Me" but it failed to make the charts. On 24 February 1970 their next release debuted on the charts titled "Baby Make It Soon" with "There She Goes" on the B-side.

Even though Macaulay had composed the song another British group by the name of “Marmalade” recorded and released it as a B-side the year before “Flying Machine”. “Marmalade’s version was on the flip side of “Time Is On My Side” on “Epic” records but it failed to make the charts. “Flying Machine” had their version peak at #87 on the US pop singles chart. The group next switched record companies in the US signing with the “Janus” label. They released 2 albums on their new label this year in "Smile A Little Smile For Me" and "The Flying Machine". Only their self-titled album made the charts and it peaked at #179 on the US pop album chart. They released only 1 single this year on “Janus” in "Hanging On The Edge Of Sadness" with "My Baby's Coming Home" on the B-side but it failed to chart. In 1971 they released a 2 album set titled "Down To Earth With The Flying Machine The Complete Recordings" but it failed to chart. They also issued one final single on “Janus” this year in "Hey Little Girl" backed by "The Devil Has Possession Of My Mind". “Hey Little Girl” was not the same version of the song recorded by “Dee Clark”, “Del Shannon”, “Foster Sylvers”, “Major Lance”, “The Techniques” or “The Syndicate Of Sound”. All the other versions of the song by these artists made the US pop charts except for their version.

Shortly after the release of their final record on “Janus” the group decided to split-up. Wilkinson went on to play drums for the short live Canadian punk rock group “Red Tide”. He would later play in the 5-piece nu-metal group “Sphere” as one of 2 drummers in the group. Newman would later play for “T. Rex”, “Sounds Incorporated” and “Three Man Army”. In 2004 “Castle Music America” records released a 2-CD, 5-track compilation titled “Flight Recorder From Pinkerton’s Associated Colours To The Flying Machine” which also failed to make the charts. This group’s 2 US charting singles are listed below.


1. Smile A Little Smile For Me (Rosemarie)/Maybe We’ve Been Loving Too Long - Debut 10/04/69, Peaked at #5 (GOLD)
2. Baby Make It Soon/There She Goes – Debut 02/21/70, Peaked at #89


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