Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Blue - Another Night Time Flight - `77

hey all :

here is the long promised third LP by BLUE. although not as strong as thier debut , this really has some great trax on it. my faves being "strange thing" & the title track. came out really clean , turn it up !

"Formed and fronted by ex-Marmalade guitarist Nicholson, Blue signed to Elton John’s record label, Rocket Records in 1973, and released their eponymous debut album the same year. Debut single "Little Jody", which Marmalade had recorded but did not release until it appeared on a compilation CD around thirty years later, was highly praised by Radio 1 presenter John Peel and attracted a certain amount of airplay, but did not chart. The collection was also produced by Peel. They then added another guitarist, Robert 'Smiggy' Smith (born 1946 in Kiel, Germany ) — Guitarist / vocalist , before recording and issuing their second LP - Life in the Navy.

This revised line-up did not last for long, with only MacMillan and Nicholson remaining. The duo then added Charlie Smith (drums) and David Nicholson (guitar), and it was this line-up that scored a U.S., Billboard singles chart entry, and UK Singles Chart Top 40 hit, with "Gonna Capture Your Heart". However, Blue were unable to find a credible follow-up release, and their brief commercial success came to an abrupt end. It left them with the unenviable title of 'one hit wonders'.

Nevertheless, two further albums were released, these being Another Night Time Flight in 1977, and Fool’s Party in 1979, after which Blue officially disbanded.

Over the ensuing years various incarnations of the band have toured and occasionally recorded. In 2003 the remaining personnel took the then high flying boy band Blue to court. It was a high profile High Court case over the use of the band’s name. But the 1970s band Blue lost the case, when the judge opined that "it is not difficult to distinguish between the present day pop group, and the original users of the group’s title". The two Blues subsequently came to an agreement that they could continue to share the name." - wiki

In 1977, Elton John was huge. The British singer/composer had enjoyed one major hit after another in the 1970s, and he was obviously destined to go down in history as one of the decade's top pop/rock artists. So when John co-produced Blue's Another Night Time Flight for his MCA-distributed Rocket label in 1977, the LP should have been big. But this album was far from a blockbuster in the U.S.; in fact, it's say to say that most of John's American fans have never heard of Blue. Nonetheless, Another Night Time Flight is a pleasant, if unremarkable, collection of pop/rock and soft rock. Think of the more middle-of-the-road stuff that John, the pre-disco Bee Gees, and former Beatles such as George Harrison and Paul McCartney recorded in the 1970s, and you will know where Blue is coming from on tunes like "Fantasy," "Bring Back the Love," "The Shepherd," and the single "Capture Your Heart" (a minor hit in the U.S.). None of the material is in a class with John's best 1970s recordings, but all of it is decent. So why didn't an LP that John co-produced (with engineer Clive Franks) become more of a hit in North America? One can only speculate. What you can say for certain is that even though Another Night Time Flight isn't mind-blowing, it's a likable footnote in John's history. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

another night time flight - track listing

1 Another Night Time Flight (3:59)
2 Fantasy (3:31)
3 Women (3:51)
4 Shepherd (4:44)
5 Strange Thing (4:10)
6 Bring Back the Love (4:25)
7 I'm Alone (4:06)
8 Tired of Loving You (3:41)
9 Capture Your Heart (3:20)
10 I Understand (4:25)


Monday, August 27, 2007

Boston Tea Party - `68 _ Flick Disc Records

  • hey all :

    ok , back to wax & my fave genre` pop psych.
    thanks to steve i found some info on these caats.
    lots of fuzz guitar , tons of organs.. really catchy , pretty heavy at times , good `ol pop psych.
    this has been issued on cd , but i think its pretty high & hard to find.
    not to mention the lp , lol.
    these songs will def. grow on you ..
    let me know if you got anything on these guys or if you were ever in the band , lol.
    [ hey , its happened ! ]

    turn it up !

    "you picked the wrong place to hide , for we have already died"

    "In spite of the name, these guys were from Burbank, California. Originally formed in 1963, they started out as a surf outfit, but by the mid-'60s had decided to follow popular trends, reinventing themselves as a psych band.

    Featuring a lineup of brothers Mike (keyboards) and Richard (bass) DePerna, singer Travis Fields, drummer David Novogroski and guitarist Mike Stevens, the group debuted with the 1967 single "Words" b/w "Spinach". Originally released by the small Big Boss label, the single was promptly reissued by Gene Autry's Challenge Records. A pair of follow-ups also did little ("Is It Love?" b/w "Don't Leave Me Alone" and "Free Service" b/w "Rose In the Night").

    The first released by the MGM affiliated Flick Disc label, 1968 saw the quintet debut with their first LP - the cleverly-titled "The Boston Tea Party". Co-produced by Jerry Styler and Dave Brooks, original material such as "I'm Telling You", "Straighten Up and Fly Right" and "We Have Already Died" wasn't half bad. Largely penned by Stevens, the results were keyboard-driven rockers that reflected a distinctive psych edge. Fields proved a surprisingly strong voice, capable of salvaging even some of the lamer numbers ("I Found a Way"). Elsewhere the album was worth hearing just for some of the year's lamest guitar solos (check out Stevens' performance on "I'm Telling You"). Among the few complaints, Mike DePerna's stabbing organ (he occasionally sounded as if he were playing a different song from the rest of the band ("Fantasy")"

    Boston Tea Party - `68 - Flick Disc
    MP3 @ 320 kbps - 64 MB
    *includes high rez cover scans + label cause its just kewl.

    1. I'm Tellin' You
    2. Straighten Up and Fly Right
    3. I Found a Way
    4. Fantasy
    5. We Have Already Died
    6. Free Service
    7. Just Pretend You're Sherry
    8. In Their Shoes
    9. Time Being
    10. Please Be Glad (For What You Have in Your Heart)

    -- HERE --

Friday, August 24, 2007

School of Fish - Debut - `90

  • hey all :

    ok , every now & again i have to get away from the old wax & post some cds that i feel fell through the cracks of time. its always been a sad state of affaris , imo when it comes to great music getting the wider recognition it deserves , so its up to the the few to help spread the word.
    here is a band that released its debut in 1990. the singer josh clayton felt has now passed of cancer. but he was an amazing man. google his name & check out his story.
    i have tons of his solo stuff plus more school , if there is interest. this has to be one of my top 50 desert island discs.
    there is absolutely no filler on this cd, every song flows into one another seamlessly. you will grow to love this cd & languish in its inherit beauty , at least thats what i hope....enjoy ~
    let me know what you think : oh , some might remember 3 strange days from MTV. ?!
    oh , guitarist michael ward went on to play with dylans kids band - the wallflowers , with that "one head light" hit.

    "Josh Clayton-Felt was one of the many fantastic songwriters that emerged in the early '90s with a hot debut album that was quickly forgotten about when grunge arrived. Although School of Fish had a minor hit with the rolling "3 Strange Days," there were several equally great songs on the album that should have made a dent. "Talk Like Strangers" had a nice lazy shuffle and a funky breakdown, while "King of the Dollar" rocks hard and strong. The psychedelic production and Michael Ward's guitar work strengthen the weaker songs. Clayton-Felt's rich, soulful voice is what makes this album a treat, and his ear for catchy hook lines make this a solid, listenable album. Much like contemporaries Jellyfish and Dramarama, School of Fish called it quits a few years later and Clayton-Felt had a strong solo career that was cut short by his tragic death. Fans of good guitar pop should hunt down this album; it might introduce you to an unrecognized talent."

    School of Fish _ debut - `90 - MP3 @ 320 kbps - 88MB

    1. Intro
    2. 3 Strange Days
    3. Talk Like Strangers
    4. Deep End
    5. King Of The Dollar
    6. Speechless
    7. Wrong
    8. Rose Colored Glasses
    9. Under The Microscope
    10. Fell
    11. Euphoria

    DOWNLOAD : -- HERE --

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Chad & Jeremy - Of Cabbages & Kings - `67 - Columbia Records

  • hey all :
    OK, back to the psych pop. I give you chad & jeremy - of cabbages & kings.
    This was the first of two grossly neglected late 60's albums by Chad and Jeremy, the other of which was the incredibly brilliant "The Ark". Eccentric trippy psychedelia firmly entrenched in the "Sgt. Pepper" mold is the best way to describe both albums,and it's hard to say which one is best...but if you know about and loved "the Ark" then trust me,you'll love "of cabbages and kings". The songs "rest in peace" and "the progress suite" have quite the satirical bite,the kind you wouldn't expect from those loveable moptops who brought us the wonderfully romantic "A summer song". It's about time this album was reissued..
    if you love "Sgt. Pepper" & its offshoots , you'll love this album!

    "Anybody who demeans this recording just wasn't around in the '60s. Out of context, much of it IS hard to understand and may be found pretentious and childish. In the mid-late sixties, a lot of people were concerned about the cold war (which they had grown up with), the Vietnam war (which they were afraid of participating in), and the general malaise of "the establishment". This comes out in "The Progress Suite", where we see Chad and Jeremy mocking the corporate world, militarism, the sexual revolution, a jaded society, and many other institutions. In one memorable line, they talk about England as being home to the Beatles and the queen. After obviously being corrected, they say "excuse me madam... the queen and the Beatles". Many other sardonic asides like that pepper the suite until, at the end, comes the big atomic bomb blast. This was an overriding theme in many people's minds during that time."
    [James Bower]

    Chad & Jeremy - Of Cabbages & Kings - `67 - Columbia Records
    "ALL TRAX FROM WAX" - transferred by da` shaman - 2007
    MP3 @ 320 - * front/back high rez cover scans included ! - 91 MB

    1. Rest In Peace
    2. The Gentle Cold Of Dawn
    3. Busman's Holiday
    4. Can I See You
    5. Family Way
    6. I'll Get Around To It When And If I Can
    7. Progress Suite: Prologue
    8. Progress Suite: Decline
    9. Progress Suite: Editorial
    10. Progress Suite: Fall
    11. Progress Suite: Epilogue

    DOWNLOAD :-- here --