quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, booklet scans)
time: 1:09'44" size: 247 mb
misc.: 1993, (us version of 2nd Lp)
Tapestry of Delights:
The Tremeloes were originally Tommy Steele's and then Brian Poole's backing band. At the start of 1966, Poole left to go solo and the Trems branched out on their own. Within a few months, Poole was back in the family butchers shop in Dagenham but The Tremeloes blossomed with a series of mostly bright and breezy pop songs, registering seven Top Ten hits between 1967 and 1970.
After Blessed, their debut 45 flopped, they switched to CBS. They didn't fare much better with their cover of Lennon/McCartney's Good Day Sunshine (from The Beatles' Revolver album), but after Mick Clark left, his replacement, Len 'Chip' Hawkes, helped to develop a more distinct harmony vocal style that brought the band success.
Their big breakthrough came with their happy-go-lucky rendition of Cat Stevens' Here Comes My Baby. This catchy pop song got to No 4 in the UK and No 13 in the US and, in my view, was the best thing they did. The follow-up, a cover of a Four Seasons' 'B' side, Silence Is Golden, was a tortuous harmony ballad but sold like wildfire to become the band's best-selling single, topping the UK Charts for three weeks. It eventually climbed to No 11 in the US, where it became a million-seller. Its constant reissue throughout the early seventies meant we were seldom spared from hearing it for long. Their debut album, Here Comes The Tremeloes (it was titled Here Comes My Baby in the US) also sold well, although it was their only album that did, climbing to No 15 in the UK and No 119 in the US.
After the Latin-tinged Helule Helule stalled at No 14, they made the UK Top Five with the uptempo Even The Bad Times Are Good, which was very much in the happy-go-lucky style of Here Comes My Baby. The less commercial ballad, Be Mine, was a minor hit and then they returned to good-time harmony pop to enjoy further Top Ten hits with Suddenly You Love Me and My Little Lady. Their final disc of 1968 did denote a change of style - a version of Bob Dylan's I Shall Be Released. It just made the Top 30.
They enjoyed further commercial success with (Call Me) Number One and My And My Life, but with the onset of the seventies, the emergence of several new teen acts made them seem distinctly unexciting. Perhaps the band sensed this; they dismissed their earlier work as "rubbish" in the early seventies and tried to win over rock audiences with their Master album, which predictably passed largely unnoticed. When this didn't work, they took refuge in the cabaret and the Northern club circuit.
Les Hawkes left in November 1974 to launch a solo country career with little success. Alan Blakely followed in January 1975 and Aaron Woolley and Bob Benham came in as replacements. Sadly Alan Blakely died in the mid-nineties.
01. Suddenly You Love Me (Callander/Pace/Panzeri/Pilat) 2.43
02. Happy Song (Pattison/Hawkshaw) 2.59
03. Running Out (Simpson/Ashford) 2.12
04. Negotiations In Soho Square (Colton/Smith) 3.00
05. Suddenly Winter (Blakley/Hawkes) 2.23
06. Sunshine Games (Woolfson) I.S5
0?. Silence Is Golden (Gaudio/Crewe) 3.08
08. Norman Stanley James St. Claire (Pattison/Hawkshaw) 2.41
09. Cool Jerk (Storball) 2,45
10. I'm With You All The Way (Colton/Smith) 2.45
11. Sing Sorta Swingle (Blakley/Hawkes) 2.14
12. Too Many Fish In The Sea (Wickfield/Holland) 3.00
13. Come On Home (O'Sullivan) 2.57
14. Show Me (Tex) 3.09
15. I Take What I Want (Porter/Hodses/Hayes) 2.05
16. Reach Out I'll Be There (Holland/Dozier/Holland) 3.05
17. You Don't Know Like I Know (Porter/Hayes) 2.37
Track 14-17 are taken from the American version ol the second album. Epic BN 26363/1967
18. I'm Gonna Try (Del Turco/Bisazzi) 2.38 Single A-side, CBS 3706/1968
19. Be Mine (Ferrari/Moschini/Pallavincini/Sorrenti/Smith) 2.20 Single A-side. CBS 3043/1967
20. Gentleman Of Pleasure (Blakley/Hawkes/Westwood) 2.36 Single B-side. CBS 2519/1967
21. Let Your Hair Hang Down (Blakley/Hawkes) 2.29 Single B-side, CBS 2723/1967
22. As You Are (Murray/Callander) 2.45 Single B-side. CBS 3234/1968
23. All The World To Me (Blakley/Hawkes) 2.40 Single B-side. CBS 3680/1968
24. Jenny's Allright (Blakley/Hawkes) 2.24 Single B-side. CBS 2930/1967
25. No Comprendes (Christie/Gale) 2.35 Single A-side.CBS 5110/1970. Christie's ..Yellow River" sing in Spanish language. released in Spain only as a single
26. Suddenly You Love Me. Stereo-Mix (Callander/Pace/Panzeri/Pilat) 2.43
ALAN BLAKELY - gtr, vcls keyb'ds
DAVE MUNDEN - drms
RICKY WEST (WESTWOOD) - gtr
LEN 'CHIP' HAWKES - bs, vcls