Thursday, 10 August 2017

Cupid's Inspiration - Yesterday Has Gone 1969 (1995 Repertoire) mp3@320 only

Based in Stamford, Lincolnshire, England, and initially known as the Ends, this pop attraction secured a recording contract with NEMS on the strength of vocalist T. (Terry) Rice-Milton (b. 5 June 1946). The line-up was completed by Wyndham George (b. 20 February 1947; guitar), Laughton James (b. 21 December 1946; bass) and Roger Gray (b. 29 April 1949) and featured on ‘Yesterday Has Gone’ (1968), a song originally recorded by Little Anthony And The Imperials. Cupid’s Inspiration’s cover version rose to number 4 in the UK chart, during which time pianist Garfield Tonkin (b. 28 September 1946) was added to the line-up.

However, despite enjoying a subsequent minor hit with ‘My World’, the quintet was unable to repeat the success of their powerful and catchy debut single. The line-up was disbanded at the end of the year, but within weeks Rice-Milton and Gray re-emerged alongside newcomers Bernie Lee (guitar) and Gordon Haskell (b. 27 April 1946, Bournemouth, Dorset, England; bass, ex-Les Fleur Des Lys). A new-found, more ‘progressive’ style, failed to reverse declining fortunes and the band disintegrated.
Rice-Milton began a short-lived solo career in 1970 with a revival of Cilla Black’s ‘You’re My World’. Haskell joined King Crimson and recorded several low-key solo albums, before emerging from obscurity in 2001 to almost hit the top of the UK Christmas singles chart with ‘How Wonderful You Are’.(allmusic)


Unfortunately only in mp3. Fine pop album from the late sixties. I think the band was better as their reputation.

A Collection Of Rare '60s British Psychedelic And Mod Era Singles: Various Artists - A Perfumed Garden 1965 -1973, Vol.3 (2003 Past & Present Records) Flac & mp3@320 + Complete Artwork 1-5

Hello Folks,
today comes the artwork for the series. I post it here together with vol.3. There is a lot of information about the bands the songs and all the other worth knowing things.

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Glen Campbell - Reunion: The Songs Of Jimmy Webb 1974 (2001 Capitol Records, remastered) Flac & mp3@320

It doesn't really matter if Glen Campbell was Jimmy Webb's best interpreter or if Webb gave Campbell his best songs -- in other words, it doesn't matter who helped the other more -- because it doesn't change the essential fact that the duo fit each other so naturally. Webb's intricate, idiosyncratic compositions sounded warm and accessible in Campbell's hands, while the songs revealed Campbell's musical range and ambition. Other singers had big hits with Webb's songs and Campbell made tremendous music with other people's songs, but there was something special about their collaboration that was evident on their big hits of the '60s: "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Where's the Playground, Suzie?."
These songs provided the background for Reunion, the 1974 album where Campbell and Webb reunited for a set of Webb songs. Well, that's not exactly accurate, since Webb never produced or arranged the hits Campbell had in the '60s, and the record isn't entirely written by Webb, since it features Susan Webb's "About the Ocean" and Lowell George's "Roll Um Easy" (here retitled "Roll Me Easy")

So, this marks the first time that Webb arranged a full album of Campbell's, along with providing the majority of the songs, a move that in many ways made this closer to a Jimmy Webb record than a Glen Campbell LP. Certainly, it favored Webb's idiosyncrasies, particularly his elliptical songs with winding melodies and no straightforward songs.

Not a song here outside of "Roll Me Easy" announces itself as a potential single (which very well may be why this tremendous song was added to the play list, particularly as the first single, since it might be the easiest way into the record for most listeners). Since most of the songs share a similar easy mid-tempo pace and have similar lushly interwoven arrangements, it's not necessarily the most accessible of Campbell's records; it doesn't set out to alienate, it's just that Webb's songs and arrangements call for close listening, which is precisely why it's an album beloved by Campbell/Webb connoisseurs.

So, it's not entirely surprising that the record didn't make much of an impression, certainly nothing close to their big hits of the '60s, but rather that it's become a cult item, with some fans regarding it among Campbell's best work. And, in many ways, they're right. Reunion has a quiet power that grows with repeated listenings since it does indeed showcase Webb at his best as songwriter/arranger and Campbell as an interpretive singer.
But this is very much a record for the dedicated, those that are already convinced of the strengths of both men, because it reveals its gifts slowly, and even when they're out in the open, the songs are so delicately, if exquisitely, crafted they're best appreciated by listeners with an eye for detail. Those listeners will surely find Reunion among Campbell's best work, and it is certainly among his most consistent and ambitious records, but it's just a little too reserved to play to an audience outside of the already converted.(S.T. Erlewine, allmusic)

This is one of his best albums as a whole but it's hard to claim that because Glen Campbell's body of work is huge and there were a lot of great albums he recorded in more than fifty years. Nonetheless, for me personally it is one of his best efforts. How can i give reasons for my claim? The most touches me the arrangements of the songs and how Campbell perform the vocals in the songs. The songwriting here is on a very high level for this kind of music and all this things together working like a precise clockwork on an emotional flat. And this album touch me very very close if i listen to it in the right moment and/or situation. I think that's it why i rate this album on a very high rank in my personal Campbell album charts. Okay folks, enough said. I hope you like it as much as i do and will have fun with the album.

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