Chateau Dietrich

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

My Vinyl Attic - Jack Green - Reverse Logic (1981)

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A1One By One3:39
A2(Why Don't You) Let Me Go4:24
A3Cold Modern Days3:52
A4When I Was Young3:23
A5It's A Hard World3:52
A6Let It Rock2:56
B1Too Many Fools3:05
B2Set Me Free3:42
B3Brave Madonna3:28
B4Sign Of The Time5:24


Jack Green (born 12 March 1951, Glasgow, Scotland) is a British musician.
Green played with T. Rex between 1973 and 1974, then with The Pretty Things between 1974 and 1976, recording Silk Torpedo and Savage Eye. After Phil May walked out on the Pretty Things he carried on with Peter Tolson, Gordon Edwards and Skip Allen in Metropolis. He also was a member of Rainbow for three weeks in late 1978.
He launched a solo career with the album Humanesque in 1980, followed by Reverse Logicin 1981, Mystique in 1983 and Latest Game in 1986.
Green is now living in Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he teaches guitar, and has his own smallfilm production company

My Vinyl Attic - Jack Green - Humanesque (1980)

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A2So Much
Guitar [Lead] – Andy Dalby
Guitar [Lead] – Andy Dalby
A5Can't Stand It3:34
B1I Call No Answer
Guitar [Lead] – Ritchie Blackmore
B2Life On The Line4:06
B3Bout That Girl3:00
B4Thought It Was Easy2:46
B5Factory Girl2:51
B6This Is Japan3:11

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My Vinyl Attic - Smyle - Smyle (1971)

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01 Glory Glory
02 Where You Goin'
03 (Gotta) Get To It
04 Will I Get Back Home Tomorrow
05 It's Not Hard
06 See Me Smiling Now
07 Company Man
08 Better Road Ahead
09 Maybelline
10 Away
11 Woodstock 

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I'm amazed by how many great albums Columbia's Canadian subsidiary released during the late 1960s and early 1970s - none of them having seen wide scale release in the States.  

Not to be confused with an early 1970s Dutch band operating with the same moniker, the Canadian Smyle apparently came together in 1967.  Originally known as The Smile, the band featured the talents of Ron Demmans, Ray Durritt, bassist Peter Rihbany and a drummer by the name of Mel.  Under the tutelage of Herb Lock, the quartet spent several years playing clubs around Toronto, before being signed to the small Ruby label in 1970 and releasing their debut 45: 

- 1969s 'Glory Glory' b/w 'Will I Get Back Home Tomorrow' (Ruby catalog number S-202)

Columbia quickly took and interest in the group, apparently buying rights to the single and signing the band to a contract.  Re-released by Columbia, the band (now billed as Smyle), scored a top-40 Canadian hit with their Columbia debut:

- 1970's 'Glory Glory' b/w 'Will I Get Back Home Tomorrow' (Columbia catalog number C4-2956)

Encouraged by the hit, Columbia quickly teamed the band with producer John Williams resulting in the release of 1970's "Smyle".  With three of the four members contributing to the writing chores, the album wasn't particularly original, but with the exception of a needless Chuck Berry cover, virtually every one of eleven songs had at least something going to make them worth hearing.   Musically there were lots of touch points.  Backed by horn arrangements, ''It's Not Hard' and 'Company Man' recalled the stylings of Lighthouse.  Elsewhere, '(Gotta) Get To It' and 'Better Road Ahead' showcased the quartet's pop-oriented side.  

- 'Built on a bouncy Gospel revival-flavored melody and a fantastic skitterish guitar pattern, Glory Glory' sounded like a mash-up of The Band and Johnny Clegg & Juluka ...  Sounds impossibly weird, but it made for one of those songs that crept into your frontal cortex and simply would not leave.  Easy to see why the song was tapped as a single.   rating: ***** stars
- Propelled by some punchy opening horns and a nice bass line from Peter Rihbany, 'Where You Goin' ' found the band aiming for a more conventional pop-rock sound.   Very commercial and the hyper-speed horns were actually quite cool.   rating: *** stars
- A sparkling slice of blue-eyed soul, '(Gotta) Get To It' had everything needed to tear up early-1970s radio - killer melody; great feedback guitar, and wonderful harmony vocals.  Another one you'll find yourself humming.   rating: **** stars
- 'Kicked along by some tasty rock guitars, Will I Get Home Tomorrow' demonstrated these guys could easily handle harder edged material.   Maybe it's just my beat ears, but the vocals always reminded me of something Styx might have recorded.   rating: **** stars  
- 'With it's mixture of bleating horns and S-O-S guitar, 'It's Not Hard' has always reminded me of a good Lighthouse track; albeit with more of a rock orientation and better vocals.     rating: **** stars  
- 'See Me Smiling Now'  found the band underscoring their rock credentials with some squealing lead guitar.

- Opening up with a percussion heavy segment, 'Company Man' quickly segued into another Lighthouse-styled horn rocker.  While I'm usually not a big fan of the genre, I'll admit that this one was an exception.  Funny and clever lyrics and a distinctive rock feel (along with a great guitar solo) made this one of the album's more commercial efforts.  That probably explains why Columbia tapped it as the follow-on single.   rating: **** stars
- One of the album's most commercial pop efforts, 'Better Road Ahead' showcased some tasty shared lead vocals and a nice lead guitar.   rating: *** stars
- The album's first disappointment, their cover of Chuck Berry's 'Maybelline' was energetic, but needless.  If you want to hear this rock chestnut, then put on the Berry original since it slays everything else.   rating: ** stars
- With a distinctive tropical flavor, 'Away' was unlike anything else on the album.  That's not to say it was anything special.  In fact, this one sounded a bit like a Pablo Cruise slice of AOR.   rating: ** stars
- Joni Mitchell's 'Woodstock' served as the album's second cover ...  and guess what ?   Their version was simply killer - probably the standout tune on the collection.  I'd almost give it the nod ahead of the better known CSN&Y version.  The guitar solos certainly trash the CSN&Y version of the song.   rating: **** stars

As mentioned, the album was tapped for a second single:

- 1970's 'Company Man' b/w '(Gotta) Get to It '(Columbia catalog number C4-2987)
"Smyle" track listing:
(side 1)
1.) Glory Glory   (Ron Demmans) - 2:51
2.) Where You Goin'   (Ron Demmans) - 2:52
3.) (Gotta) Get To It   (Ray Durritt) - 2:45
4.) Will I Get Home Tomorrow   (Ron Demmans) - 3:45
5.) It's Not Hard   (Ron Demmans) - 2:40
6.) See Me Smiling Now   (Ron Demmans) - 2:42
(side 2)
1.) Company Man   (Ron Demmans) -
2.) Better Road Ahead   (Ron Demmans - Ray Durritt - Pete Rihbany) - 2:28
3.) Maybelline   (Chuck Berry) - 2:31
4.) Away   (Ron Demmans - Ray Durritt) - 3:04
5.) Woodstock   (Joni Mitchell) - 5:28

The band released two non-LP follow-on 45s before calling it quits:

- 1971's 'It's the World' b/w 'Everybody Singing' (Columbia catalog number C4-3005)
- 1971's 'How Many Roads (Can You Fly) b/w 'Take it All' (
Columbia catalog number C4-3046)
Ron Demmans apparently relocated to Nashville and turned his attention to songwriting and production work.
Peter Rihbany is still active in music playing in the 'for hire' band Back 11.

My Vinyl Attic - Blue - Live in the Navy (1973)

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A1Sweet Memories2:31
A3Sad Sunday5:43
A4Atlantic Ocean3:36
B1Max Bygraves2:25
B2You Give Me Love3:01
B3Big Bold Love2:37
B4Mr. Moon2:35
B5Let's Talk It Over3:06

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Formed and fronted by ex-Marmalade guitarist Nicholson, Blue signed to RSO Records and released their eponymous debut album the same year. Nicholson was a member of Marmalade between 1971 and 1973, writing fifteen songs to fulfil their Decca recording contract, including the hits, "Cousin Norman", "Back On The Road", and "Radancer" before he left to form Blue. He wrote the majority of Blue's material, including their most recognised number - "Gonna Capture Your Heart". Earlier in his life, he had been a member of the 1960s Scottish rock outfit, The Poets.
Blue's debut single "Little Jody" failed to chart. It was recorded before Jimmy McCulloch joined the band. A revised version of "Little Jody" appeared on a compilation album, 20 in 2002.[2] They then added another guitarist, Robert 'Smiggy' Smith (born 30 March 1946, Kiel, Germany) before recording and issuing their second album - Life in the Navy.[1]
This revised line-up did not last for long, following a dispute with RSO, only MacMillan and Nicholson remained. The duo then added Charlie Smith (drummer) and David Nicholson (bass),[1] and it was this line-up that signed to Elton John's record label named The Rocket Record Company and scored a US Billboard Hot 100 chart entry, and UK Singles Chart Top 40 hit,[3] with "Gonna Capture Your Heart". It was their debut release from the Another Night Time Flight album which was produced by Elton John and Clive Franks. Blue released two other singles from the album which both failed to enter the UK Singles Chart.
They released one other album for Rocket; Fools' Party (1979)[1] before parting company and re-locating to Los Angeles, California. They spent three years compiling new material and playing the local clubs such as The Roxy, The Troubadour, The Palomino, Madame Wong's and the Central Club (later The Viper). Unsuccessful in securing a contract with their new material, they returned to the UK in 1983, shortly before which Blue released the single "Don't Wanna Make You Cry" / "Moonlight" on the Zuma label (ZOOM 1, 1982). Nicholson released "Love You Made A Fool Of Me" (ZOOM 4, 1984), and whilst continuing to record with MacMillan, also wrote and produced four singles with Gary Numan on lead vocals; "Radio Heart", "London Times", "All Across The Nation" which were released under the name Radio Heart in 1987, and "Like A Refugee (I Won't Cry)" released under the name Da Da Dang in 1994. The first two releases entered the UK chart.[4]
In 2003 the remaining personnel Hugh and David Nicholson plus Ian MacMillan took the then high flying boy band Blue to court. It was a high profile High Court case over the use of the band's name. But the 1970s band Blue heard the judge opine that "it is not difficult to distinguish between the present day pop group, and the original users of the group's title". They subsequently came to an agreement that they could continue to share the name