lördag 3 oktober 2015


British three piece vocal pop combo, existing through different settings 1964-75. One of many sixties bands struggling for a big breakthrough, but never really made it. With two UK top ten singles and and "Tossing And Turning" reaching Billboard #83 they are among today's period collectors most known for providing background vocals to The Who's hit single "I Can't Explain" and forgotten for the rest. This earliest line up issued one 1965 album - UK "This Is Ivy League" Picadilly (NPL 38015)/US "Tossing And Turning" Cameo (2000). That didn't sell a lot so Picadilly's main company Pye gave it a second try two years later on their budget Marble Arch label - this time combining four '45 cuts with six from the original UK LP. Listening today it's a British trio following, if not copying, some of the many American male vocal pop groups from the late fifties and early sixties. The sound and arrangements are somewhat dated, but they have nice voices frequently using high pitched notes and even if I don't sit down and devour it is a nice background giving a genuine mid sixties feel. This "stereophonic" issue is actually all enhanced mono, but carefully done and OK listening. Also issued in mono (MAL 741). First had label as shown here and laminated flip/back cover. (PÖY*)

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