måndag 26 januari 2015


When sacked as backing band by Billy Fury 1961 Fame took over the leading role for The Blue Flames. Inspred by early ska music and contemporary US jazz/blues combo's they developed a British variant founded on Fame's hammond play and personal voice. After building a reputation in London clubs the band got to record their debute "Rythm & Blues At The Flamingo" 1963 which may have strengthened their position as a must-see live act, but didn't sell a lot. It's clear this studio follow-up is played by an already very experienced band. They take a couple of more or less standard covers and make them come alive by their own terms - hip and groovy at the same time. Though part of early mod fashion I also get a picture of mid sixties night clubbing, women using cigarrette holders and men drinking Ballantine's on the rocks. Lots of flowing Hammond and Fame's cozy vocals to a soft r&b backing. So cool it transcends all trends and sounds as obvious today as fifty years ago. Favorite tracks - "I'm In The Mood For Love" and "Point Of No Return". US 1965 release as "Yeh Yeh" in both mono and true stereo (Imperial LP-9282/LP-12282) omitted "All About My Girl" and "Green Onions", replacing them with "Yeh Yeh" and "Preach And Teach". This UK issued in mono only. First had label as shown here with "Recording first published 1964" and laminated flip/back cover. (MÖRS*)

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