Monday, March 31, 2008

Andwellas Dream - Love And Poetry (1969)


Επιστροφή στο Βρετανικό νησί με το πρώτο άλμπουμ των Andwellas Dream οι οποίοι από κει και μετά όπως μπορείτε να διαβάσετε στο βιογραφικό τους που ακολουθεί, άλλαξαν το όνομά τους σε Andwella.

Δεν θα χαρακτήριζα το άλμπουμ τους ως κλασικό δείγμα Βρετανικής ψυχεδέλιας (π.χ. οι July) διότι κατά την άποψή μου δεν είναι. Το μόνο κομμάτι που παραπέμπει σε Βρετανικές καταβολές είναι το πολύ καλό Felix. Η folk δεν λείπει από τους Andwellas Dream λόγω βέβαια της Ιρλανδέζικης καταγωγής τους, η οποία folk εμφανίζεται στα Goodbye και Lost A Number Found A King. Για να είμαι ειλικρινής θα πω πως πρόκειται για ένα δίσκο αρκετά άνω του μετρίου, αλλά οφείλω να συμπληρώσω πως έχω ακούσει και καλύτερα Βρετανικά γκρουπ την ίδια περίοδο.

Personnel:
GORDON BARTON drms ABC
DAVE LEWIS gtr, piano, organ, vcls ABC
NIGEL SMITH bs, vcls ABC
DAVE McDOUGALL keyb'ds BC
JACK McCULLOCH drms C
DAVE STRUTHERS bs, vcls C

ALBUMS:
1(A) LOVE AND POETRY (CBS 63673) 1968 R4
2(B) WORLD'S END (Reflection REF 1010) 1970 SC
3(C) PEOPLE'S PEOPLE (Reflection REFL 10) 1971 SC
NB: (1) reissued on CD (Fingerprint No #) 1995. (2) and (3) credited to Andwella.

45s:
1 Sunday/Midday Sun (CBS 4301) 1968
2 Missus Man/Felix (CBS 4469) 1968
3 Mister Sunshine/Shades Of Grey (CBS 4634) 1969
4 Every Little Minute/Michael Fitzhenry (Reflection RS 1) 1970
5 Are You Ready / People's People (Reflection RS 6) 1970

This band started life as a trio from Northern Ireland called Method, changing their name to Andwella's Dream after moving to London in 1968. After the first LP they were known simply as Andwella.

Love And Poetry is a highly-rated psychedelic album, which featured guest artist Bob Downes playing sax, flute etc. All the songs were written by Dave Lewis. The highlights are the opening track, The Days Grew Longer For Love, which like most tracks is slow and melodic but with killer guitar leads; the heavier psychedelic number Sunday and Cocaine and Shades Of Grey, two tracks which veer towards progressive rock with plenty of organ and jazzy guitar. CBS released three singles from the album including two non-album sides: Missus Man and Mister Sunshine. Of these, Sunday is a superb slice of psychedelic rock with some Hendrix-influenced guitar work.

In 1970 they switched to Reflection for whom they recorded two albums, neither of which matched their first effort and two 45s. The World's End album was also comprised entirely of Dave Lewis compositions, but most of the tracks were more mainstream with string orchestrations, brass arrangements and background vocals. The best tracks are the mid-tempo R&B influenced I Got A Woman with flute solo, jazzy piano and guitar; two tracks (Reason For Living and Shadow Of The Night), which sound similar to Traffic and the slow instrumental Michael Fitzhenry which featured some good guitar work and flute. On the down side Back On The Road was pale imitation of The Band's The Weight. The flip side of their first 45 was an instrumental credited to Andwella. A Mike Fitzhenry appears on the credits of the first album as one of the recording engineers.

Lewis was a multi-instrumentalist and an acclaimed songwriter who also recorded a privately-pressed album in 1970. He also made further solo albums. McCulloch had previously played with One In A Million, Thunderclap Newman and with Struthers had been with short-lived group 'McCullochs, Struthers and Patterson' (the other members being Jimmy McCulloch and Robbie Patterson). After Andwella he went on to a group called 'White Line', with his brother Jimmy. McDougall went on to work with Speedy Keen (ex-Thunderclap Newman), while Smith joined Khan.
Compilation appearances have included: Felix on Perfumed Garden Vol. 3 (CD); Sunday on Rubble, Vol. 17 - A Trip In A Painted World (LP), Rubble, Vol. 10 (CD) and The Best Of Rubble Collection, Vol. 5 (CD).
(Vernon Joynson/Mike Warth/Costas Arvanitis/Jim McMaster)

Tracks:
01. The Days Grew Longer For Love
02. Sunday
03. Lost A Number Found A King
04. Man Without A Name
05. Clockwork Man
06. Cocaine
07. Shades Of Grey
08. High On A Mountain
09. Andwella
10. Midday Sun
11. Take My Road
12. Felix
13. Goodbye

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