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    Main » 2011 » January » 14 » the Plastic Penny ~ 1969 ~ Currency
    the Plastic Penny ~ 1969 ~ Currency
    the Plastic Penny ~ 1969 ~ Currency
    genre: psych, proto prog
    country: uk
    quality: lossless (flac, cue, log, scans)
    time: 42'11" size: 265 mb
    the Tapestry of Delights:
    This band are best known for their only hit single, Everything I Am, on which Brian Keith, a former session vocalist, turned in a strong performance. The remaining material was recorded without Keith. Clearly Everything I Am is in no way representative for what this band could achieve, when no commercial forces were pushing them to record unfitting material. Significantly their debut album kicks off with this single, but then sets forth to produce some very fine psychedelic music. Short and mid-tempo pop songs prevail, but they convey a sense of drama seldomly equalled within this area. Genevieve, a mini-tragedy and Wake Me Up, a keen demasqué of the ego, with sly allusions to the name of the band, along with So Much Older Now, a painful story of a star growing old, are all examples of superb psych-pop. The climax is the epic Mrs. Grundy with cutting harmonies and great instrumental interplay, including a 'wrong' guitar solo. A cover of Strawberry Fields Forever is wasted, though. Two subsequent singles: Nobody Knows It and the lovely Your Way To Tell Me Go, which sounds like The Move wrapped in a tragic veil, failed to attract any sales. A second album and a fourth single were released in 1969, the single being a psychedelic and slowed-down version of Hound Dog! The album still had its moments on Baby You're Not To Blame and the eight and a quarter minute Sour Suite with great organ and guitar, but also was left alone by the record-buying public. A big mistake was the awful cover of MacArthur Park. After they had called it a day, Page One released one more album with leftovers and some new tracks as well, which weren't saying anything new, but made for pleasant listening. All their albums are increasingly difficult to obtain.
    Grabham and Olsson both played with The Universals in the early seventies. Many of the personnel went on to greater things. Grabham formed Cochise and then joined Procol Harum in 1973; Tony Murray joined The Troggs; Paul Raymond was with Chicken Shack and then Savoy Brown; Nigel Olsson was with the Spencer Davis Group for a while and later became the drummer in Elton John's backing group and Brian Keith returned to session work. ~ (Marcel Koopman/VJ).
    01. "Your Way To Tell Me Go" 2:49
    02. "Hound Dog" 2:46
    03. "Currency" 3:38
    04. "Caledonian Mission" 2:57
    05. "McArthur Park" 7:32
    06. "Turn To Me" 2:43
    07. "Baby You're Not To Blame" 2:51
    08. "Give Me Money" 2:57
    09. "Sour Suite" 8:10
    10. "She Does" 3:05
    11. "Celebrity Ball" 2:41
    Brian Keith: Vocal
    Paul Raymond: Keyboard, Guitar
    Mick Graham: Guitar
    Nigel Olsson: Drumms
    Tony Murray: Bass
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    11 sharksandwich   (05.09.2011 05:36)
    avatarThanks OE, appreciate all your efforts all this time.

    10 tacobueno   (10.03.2011 11:54)
    Some very familiar band member names on this album - Paul Raymond, etc. Thank you very much! biggrin

    Also, nice to see you here agaga! wink

    9 chink   (23.01.2011 14:25)
    Thanks for this nice album!

    8 agaga   (23.01.2011 09:52)
    avatarThank you biggrin

    7 murky   (19.01.2011 19:16)
    avatarWonderful Music!!!Thanks cool1

    6 rempelos   (17.01.2011 00:00)

    5 Philippe   (16.01.2011 00:32)
    avatarСпасибо / Merci / Thanks

    4 vlad005   (15.01.2011 22:04)
    Чудесный альбом! Спасибо!!

    3 u2   (15.01.2011 18:46)
    Спасибо отличный альбом
    Мб так же есть и первый альбом

    2 adamus67   (15.01.2011 03:05)
    avatarWonderful Psychedelic UK
    Happy to explore more of this band's work!!!

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