Monday, January 19, 2009

The Smoke - ...It's Smoke Time (1967) UK

More than any other band, the Smoke epitomized the groove of Swinging London — which was especially ironic when one considers that, at the height of their success, they sold more records in Europe than England. Their sound fell somewhere between mod and the Beatles — their instrumental attack was somewhat Who/Small Faces-like, yet they delighted in cheerful vocals and infectious harmonies and melodies. Only slightly popular on their home turf, and unknown in the U.S., their biggest success was in Germany (oddly enough, for such a British-sounding group). The band hailed from York, where bassist Zeke Lund and lead guitarist Mal Luker began playing together in a band called Tony Adams & the Viceroys, whose lineup eventually ... Read More...
Mick Rowley - vocals
Mal Luker - guitar
Zeke Lund - bass
Geoff Gill - drums
1. My Friend Jack2. Waterfall3. You Can't Catch Me4. High in a Room5. Wake Up Cherylina6. Don't Lead Me On7. We Can Take It8. If the Weather's Sunny9. I Wanna Make It with You10. It's Getting Closer11. It's Just Your Way of Lovin'12. I Would If I Could But I Can't
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