Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Spooky Tooth-It's All About (1968)

Mp3 256\70 Mb\Covers


Where does a group of people, working as a family team, begin to find a collective name that they shall be known to the world by? Each has his own imagination and, hopefully, vision.
This is where ART found themselves. Many suggestions were put forward; notably a couple from Guy Stevens, "Frosted Moses" and "Mott the Hoople" neither of which drew much enthusiasm from Messrs. Harrison, Ridley, Grosvenor, Wright and Kellie. They didn't know what they wanted, but definitely knew what they didn't want!
At a weekly meeting with Chris Blackwell at the office in Oxford Street, Gary produced a letter from a pal of his studying psychology at Harvard University, which included a list of possible band names. Gary had obviously mentioned the crisis in a recent letter to his friend. With the passage of time it is not clear what the selection included, but after much thought and discussion it became clear that both Gary and Blackwell thought "Spooky Tooth" was suitably unusual as to be a solution. NEXT AND MORE :

Good stuff! It's no AC/DC, sure, but Britain definitely hadn't seen a similar band at the time even if it already was 1968. Spooky Tooth begin on a humble note, stuffing about half of their debut album with covers, but then again, so did the Beatles. The Spooksters always followed their own style, not somebody else's, but at the same time were careful enough to look around, and It's All About is, as stupid as it sounds, actually a transitional album, even if it's their first. The album cover greets us with a typically psychedelic hazy blurry foreground, the band name is written in typically psychedelic shiny blossomy fashion, and the band members are walking through the field in typically psychedelic outfits, as if Pete Townshend had offered them his last year wardrobe for the photo sessions.Yet the music is not really psychedelic, not much of it, at least. Okay, so the best song on the album, the one with the best riff and the most catchiness, 'Sunshine Help Me', a true classic of British art-pop, definitely recalls psychedelic experiences, what with the druggy harpsichord and everything. The Move liked the song so much they even made it their own live staple (you can find their version among the bonus tracks to the current CD edition of Shazam, formerly an independent live EP called Something Else). And the album closer 'Bubbles' is certainly one hundred percent psychedelic, in a way you'd recognize from hearing Cream's 'Anyone For Tennis' - a kiddie diddie with goofy, but charming vocal harmonies and actual BUBBLES. So I guess you can call the album a BUBBLE GUM product. NEXT AND MORE :

Track list;
01 - Society's Child. 4:31
02 - Love Really Changed Me. 3:34
03 - Here I Lived So Well. 5:07
04 - Too Much of Nothing. 3:58
05 - Sunshine Help Me. 3:03
06 - It's All About a Roundabout. 2:44
07 - Tobacco Road. 5:34
08 - It Hurts You So. 3:04
09 - Forget It, I Got It. 3:27
10 - Bubbles. 2:50
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