Grapefruit - Around Grapefruit 1968 (2005 Repertoire) Flac
Like the fruit after it was named, Grapefruit's
debut album was at times too sweet, but was on the whole a promising
and worthy effort. Devoted almost wholly to songs written by leader George Alexander,
the record featured tuneful, upbeat mid-tempo late-'60s British rock
with good harmonies, creative ornate arrangements, and a very slight and
very sunny psychedelic tinge.
Certainly similarities to the Paul McCartney-penned tracks from the Beatles' own psych-pop era are evident, and if George Alexander's songs weren't in nearly the same league as McCartney's, well, no one working the style was in McCartney's league. Grapefruit
was at their best on the occasional songs in which they reached into
slightly darker and more melancholy territory, particularly when they
made creative use of strings, organ, baroque keyboards, and Mellotron,
as on "This Little Man" and "Dear Delilah" and the instrumental "Theme
The latter tune sounds like something that could have been
killer had words been devised; as it is, it seems like something that
wasn't quite seen through to completion. There's also the Four Seasons
cover "C'mon Marianne," which, although it wasn't one of their better
tracks, was (along with "Dear Delilah") one of their two small U.K.
hits. The CD reissue on Repertoire adds "Dead Boot," the non-LP B-side
of "Dear Delilah."
First album and completely different to the second work Deep Water.Very good psychedelic sunshine pop. 5 stars out of 6.
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