måndag 9 november 2015

THE BUNCH/ROCK ON SIL 934574 (-72) NEW ZEELAND

Don't be fooled by the band name ...or the insipid front sleeve. This is mainly a Fairport Convention album and a very good one too. Part of a seventies trend where known acts, either under own name or alias, recorded LP:s with their own main inspirations - other exemples being John Lennon's "Rock'n'Roll" or Savoy Brown posing as "Warren Philips & The Rockets". In this case covering numbers related to Elvis, Buddy Holly and Everly Brothers, Chuck Berry, Little Eva and more. Revival albums are usually not my thing as the originals often did it better, but this has qualities that goes beyond that special genre. As a Fairport Convention fan you get the setting and the sound and the vocals are all beautiful - especially by Sandy Denny and/or Linda Thompson (here Linda Peters). The two sharing lead on "When Will I be Loved" is magic and Denny's cool emotional singing in "Learning The Game" and "Love's Made A Fool Of You" almost takes me back to my favorite FC album - "Unhalfbricking". In all very well made, produced by Trevor Lucas. Not the biggest seller at release and probably would have done better if issued as a "Fairport Convention doing covers" LP ...cause that's what you get. Premiere UK on pink rim (ILPS 9189). First US on A&M (SP 4354). New Zeeland first isssue had labels as shown here and fully laminated flip/back cover. (ÖSÄP*) (FÄV*) (DÖW*) (FÄHZ*)

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