måndag 26 oktober 2015


Through the decades he has gone from heavily produced pop wonder to acoustic concerned singer-songwriter and further along. All the time sharing his spritual journey with great skill, writing and performing classic numbers where of many still today are printed in common songbooks and sung around camp fires. Then conversion to Islam and an almost thirty year break before doing comeback some years ago. I didn't get him at first. So into Beatles, Stones and the then growing psych and white blues scenes his more civilized approach and outcome in the sixties just passed me by. It was first with with "Tea For Tillerman" up to "Foreigner Suite" I became a real fan, regarding "Catch Bull At Four" as his tour de force. Listening to this debute almost fifty years later I do like it, but maybe not for obvious reasons as the catchy songwriting, personal vocals or elaborate production and arrangements. It's the energy and sensitivity that makes it for me. Even if most of the tracks are up-tempo you get the vulnerability and heart on sleeve. It's honest and as such very contagious. Favorite tracks - "Matthew And Son", "I See A Road" and "Baby Get Your Head Screwed On". Premiere UK on Deram (DML/SML 1004) came with fourteen tracks. This first US as a twelve track, omitting "Portobello Road", "Come On And Dance", "Granny" and "The Tramp", replacing them with the UK 45 only A and B sides "I'm Gonna Get A Gun" (UK title "I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun") and "School Is Out". Audio on this mono is excellent - very loud yet totally clear. First had label as shown here, glossy front cover and London ad inner. (YZÄ*) (ÖXCÅ)

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