Tapestry of Delights:
An early to mid-sixties outfit from Liverpool. They sometimes backed singers Johnny Sandon and Tommy Quickly (indeed it was Brian Epstein who recruited them as his backing band). Their main significance was probably the inclusion of Tony Ashton and Roy Dyke who formed Ashton, Gardner and Dyke in the late sixties. Later still Ashton was in Family. Ashton's earlier bands included The Mastersounds, Chris Farlowe's Thunderbirds, Tony Ashton Trio and Liverpool's Executives and College Boys.
They spent much of their time in Germany and had an album, Smile (Starclub 158 034) released there in 1967. It's up there among the better British R'n'B records of the era. Highlights include covers of Mose Allison's Seventh Son, Chuck Berry's No Money Down, Dean Parrish's The Skate and Stevie Wonder's Nothing's Too Good For My Baby. This reissue comes with eight bonus tracks, of which four are previously unissued. Some of them also played on George Harrison's Wonderwall Music album.
In 1991 the German-based Repertoire label compiled a 22 track CD compilation of their 45s for Pye circa 1963/64, The Pye Singles (Repertoire REP 4186-WZ), most of which were supporting other vocalists like Tommy Quickly, Gregory Phillips and Johnny Sandon.
Their German-only album, Smile, full of R&B and soul covers - they must have been a good live act in their heyday.
01. Heart Beat 4:17
02. The Skate 3:56
03. No Money Down 4:24
04. Rock Candy 3:39
05. The 7th Son 2:45
06. Roadrunner 3:30
07. Brother Where Are You 4:37
08. Jive Samba 6:59
09. Nothin's Too Good For My Baby 2:43
bonus: 10. Peter Gunn 2:30
11. Mickey's Monkey 2:13
12. Live Like A Lady 2:33
13. Sing Hallelujah 3:40
14. Dancing And Singing 2:13
15. Sing Hallelujah (Alternate Take) 4:08
16. Live Like A Lady (Alternate Take) 2:33
17. Live Like A Lady (Instrumental Version) 2:26
ROY DYKE drms
COLIN MANLEY gtr, vcls
PHIL ROGERS bs
TONY ASHTON piano, vcls
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