Monday, July 13, 2009

Pinkerton's Assorted Colours - Flight Recorder (2004)

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Pinkerton's Assorted Colours were a pretty typical mid-'60s pop group, although, for all the money poured into them, they managed just the one hit, Mirror Mirror, although their sound was as post-Beatles as you could ask for. Maybe that was the problem - lack of originality, although it didn't seem to do, say, Herman's Hermits any harm. Like so many other acts of the day (The Tremeloes spring to mind), they mutated into a psych-lite outfit come 1967, changing their name to The Flying Machine and releasing a million-seller in the States, the infuriatingly catchy Smile A Little Smile For Me. Those nice people at Sanctuary have compiled what must be every note ever recorded by both incarnations of the band onto Flight Recorder: From Pinkerton's Assorted Colours to The Flying Machine, disc one dealing with their singles A and B-sides, while disc two mops up album tracks, demos and the like. As you'd expect, it's a bit of a rag-bag, the occasional more inventive track like Flying Machine sitting next to '60s pop by-numbers like Mirror Mirror and There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love with, regrettably (if unsurprisingly), vastly more of the latter than the former.

Mellotron (MkII, of course) on a mere one obvious track, player (as so often with '60s groups) unknown, with a cool flute part on Look At Me, Look At Me, that couldn't sound more like Manfred Mann if it tried. It's possible there's some more hidden away here and there (see: the backing flutey sound on Angel (She Was Born Out of Love)), but chances are they're regular orchestral instruments. I've read that Smile A Little Smile... has some, too, but neither version here obliges
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2004 remastered compilation for the late 60s early 70s harmony pop act who changed their name from Pinkerton's 'Assorted' Colours to The Flying Machine. 50 tracks including their big hits, 'Mirror Mirror', 'Don't Stop Loving Me Baby' & 'Smile A Little Smile For Me', A & B sides, album tracks, & unissued sides. This material has been unavailable on CD for several years & some is previously unissued. Includes fold out sleeve with extensive liner notes & other memorabilia. Castle.(http://www.planetmellotron.com/revp3.htm)
Flight Recorder: From Pinkerton's Assorted Colours to The Flying Machine 
( recorded 1965-71)

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Disc: 1 

1. Mirror Mirror - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
2. She Don't Care - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
3. Don't Stop Loving Me Baby - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
4. Will Ya? - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Calvert 
5. Magic Rocking Horse - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
6. It Ain't Right - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
7. Mum and Dad - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Murray 
8. On a Street Car - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Henry 
9. There's Nobody I'd Sooner Love - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
10. Duke's Jetty - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Jones 
11. Kentucky Woman - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Diamond 
12. Behind the Mirror - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Wayne 
13. Smile a Little Smile for Me - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay, Tony 
14. Maybe We've Been Loving Too Long - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Killbourn 
15. Send My Baby Home Again - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, MacLeod 
16. Look at Me, Look at Me - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
17. Baby Make It Soon - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
18. There She Goes - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, MacLeod 
19. Hanging on the Edge of Sadness - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Leander 
20. The Flying Machine - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Pass 
21. The Devil Has Possession of Your Mind - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Pass 
22. Hey Little Girl - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Hiller 
23. Yes I Understand - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Greenaway 
24. Pages of Your Life - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
Disc: 2 
1. Smile a Little Smile for Me - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay, Tony 
2. My Baby's Coming Home - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
3. A Thing Called Love - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Reed, Jerry 
4. Marie Take a Chance - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
5. Waiting on the Shores of Nowhere - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Saker 
6. That Same Old Feeling - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay, Tony 
7. Broken-Hearted Me, Evil-Hearted You - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
8. Memories of Melinda - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Macaulay 
9. Mirror Mirror - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
10. Don't Stop Loving Me Baby - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
11. Magic Rocking Horse - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
12. Shine a Little Light on Me - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Colman 
13. St. Louis Child - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Colman 
14. Strawberry Fool - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Jones 
15. Angel (She Was Born Out of Love) - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Young 
16. People Say - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Barry 
17. One Man Band - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Westlake 
18. The Lies in Your Eyes - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
19. Me Without You - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Newman 
20. Can't Break the Habit - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, 
21. Shadows on a Foggy Day - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Knight 
22. If You Were True - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, 
23. 4 O'Clock in New York - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Callendar 
24. Hard, Hard Year - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Clarke 
25. Fools Rush In - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Mercer 
26. The Flying Machine - Pinkerton's Assorted Colours, Pass
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