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    Main » 2015 » April » 4 » Velvett Fogg ~ 1969 ~ Velvett Fogg
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    Velvett Fogg ~ 1969 ~ Velvett Fogg
    Velvett Fogg ~ 1969 ~ Velvett Fogggenre: psych
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    Velvett Fogg were one of many new bands within the underground scene, that were formed at the end of the 1960s that would attempt to take pop music to a higher level of creativity. Birmingham also had its own flourishing underground music scene during that time with a variety of innovative groups emerging. The line up of Velvett Fogg all came from within this alternative music scene in the city.
    Velvett Fogg were formed in 1968 from members of a Birmingham band Gravy Train. Up front was soul singer Ernie Handy, Bob Hewitt was lead guitarist, with Graham Mullett on drums, and Mick Pollard on bass guitar. Londoner Frank Wilson who played Hammond organ, was also on vocals, eventually becoming band leader and lead vocalist. The newly formed band spent most of the year touring Germany playing at army bases and clubs. Their stage act included a light show and a go-go dancer.
    On their return to Birmingham, the band, now managed by an agency called Inter City Artists, were given a record deal by Jack Dorsey of Pye Records. It was also a time when it seemed that the more unusual or controversial a band was, then the greater chance there would be for success in the record business. The record label was looking to sign unusual underground music acts and Velvett Fogg were told to, in Jack Dorsey's words, "develop an image that would make people think you would piss on the pope!" (Keith Law).
    The initial line-up of Velvett Fogg featured guitarist Tony Iommi (later with Black Sabbath). Iommi was in the line-up for only one gig before he left to be replaced temporarily by Ian Leighton. Leighton was "a great blues guitarist", said his friend Frank Wilson. It was during this time that Pye Records arranged a photo-shoot of the band for the cover of their proposed first album.
    Before recording could begin in late 1968, Ian Leighton left the band and was replaced by guitarist/vocalist Paul Eastment (a cousin of Iommi). Paul Eastment contributed original compositions for the album, as did Frank Wilson, Graham Mullet and Mick Pollard.
    Velvett Fogg recorded the tracks for their debut album on Pye Records under the direction of Jack Dorsey. Apparently, Dorsey aimed to get the band onto the then-popular progressive band wagon. "I was a classically trained pianist but we all had to play way below our capabilities" says Frank Wilson. The band were also allowed to record covers of a few songs they liked and these included psychedelic-sounding versions of New York Mining Disaster 1941 by The Bee Gees and Tim Rose's Come Away Melinda.

    01. Yellow Cave Woman 6:58
    02.
    New York Mining Disaster 2:57
    03. Wizard Of Gobsolod 2:58
    04. Once Among The Trees 5:40
    05. Lady Caroline 2:25
    06.
    Come Away Melinda 5:54
    07. Owed To The Dip 6:11
    08.
    Within The Night 4:47
    09. Plastic Man 4:47
    10. Telstar 69 2:46


    Guitar, Vocals – Paul Eastment
    Drums – Graham Mullett
    Organ [Hammond], Vocals – Frank Wilson
    Bass – Mick Pollard
    KEITH LAW

     
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    1 adamus67   (09.04.2015 22:54)
    avatarVelvett Fogg Group was founded in Birmingham in 1968. For almost the entire first year of operation performed (as The Beatles) in Germany, playing in nightclubs and military bases. After returning to England in the team he played for some time later the guitarist of Black Sabbath - Tony Iommi. After joining the group Eastmenta Paul (Tony's cousin), they recorded and released in January 1969, and re-released on CD by Sanctuary Records in 2002. Now rightly belongs to the classics of mainstream psycho-prog-rock, this fascinating trend model.

    The Power of Music Velvett Fogg is in the manufacture of the atmosphere by means of simple means of expression. So why write at all about this album? Well, because despite all these shortcomings, this is an interesting title and having its undeniable charm. With each subsequent hearing reveals his decidedly psychedelic nature. The best track  proposed to start with. 'Yellow Cave Woman' is actually a prime example of late British psychedelia gone through into progressive rock. Slow trance rhythms, smooth phrases and Hammond organs protruding into the foreground, giving the composition definitely tons of rock, sharp guitar lick. All this together is like a reflection of the narcotic sleep. Heavily visited section.

    Then the transformation of the composition "Come Away Melinda '. Here there is a sensational introduction of Hammond organs in the lead role. Piercing sounds of this instrument in the masterly manner grades tension until the climax, which goes into a bit claustrophobic song. Quiet, distorted voice sung verse is supported sounding mysterious background sound effects. Unquestionably it is the most amazing moment and psychedelic album in the best sense. I think the group really was able to build a mood, a suitable climate.

    Several months later, a song on their debut album the group has placed a UFO. But it was extremely different performance.
    Both of these songs in a perfect way to illustrate the musical content of the plate. There is still an interesting, dynamic version of the Bee Gees song 'New York Mining Disaster 1941'. Of course, given in this strange shrouded various potions coating. While the original could not, however, probably break.

    In 'Within The Night' appears on the organ played the theme to delusion reminiscent of the famous lick from 'Light My Fire "The Doors. However the most surprising song disc is a product of 'Wizard Of Gobsolod'. I do not know who had the idea to put the 'work', but it was not probably the best idea. The recording gives the impression as if the case went here, and presumably was recorded as a song for children. Arises because such associations. Bouncy rhythm. Plumkanie strange. Shrill guitar. What is this? Kind of funny, but it probably unnecessary. All pieces are decorated in different tempos, with different duration, but usually not more than seven minutes. And in all this is what fans of that rock like the most: long, organ passages, knocking out a guitar, strong percussion and booming bass. For this we have added an interesting, male vocals. All this, and we encapsulate psychodelic ... Velvett Fogg

    Interestingly artwork LP, was made before the recording session, before Paul Eastment joined the band.
    Soon after the collapse of Velvett Fogg, guitarist Paul Eastment Ghost founded the group responsible for the record 'When You're Dead ... One Second'. ... But that's another story... Maybe some people hate the music. And perhaps it will find its admirers. For some board proves to be an expression of misunderstanding and lack of inventiveness. And for others will work intriguing if not exhilarating. How is it really? In this case, the answer is ambiguous and difficult to provide. Best to listen to yourself.

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