Rainy Day Mind: Ember Pop 1969- 1974

Rainy Day Mind: Ember Pop 1969- 1974

     
 

Like many of their peers, British record label Ember entered the psychedelic slipstream toward the end of the '60s, just as the sound ceased to be the sound of the underground with many of its signatures seeping into the mainstream. Ember hitched a ride to these trend-hopping productions, adapting the fuzz and wah-wah guitars along with trippy hippie harmonies,… See more details below

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Like many of their peers, British record label Ember entered the psychedelic slipstream toward the end of the '60s, just as the sound ceased to be the sound of the underground with many of its signatures seeping into the mainstream. Ember hitched a ride to these trend-hopping productions, adapting the fuzz and wah-wah guitars along with trippy hippie harmonies, channeling these affectations to testifying country-rock, sunshine pop, lite soul, and bubblegum-anything that might have hit the charts, hopefully following Ember's licensed Glen Campbell singles into the charts. Some succeeded modestly and some disappeared completely, thereby becoming collector's items, and the best of the batch appears on Fantastic Voyage's 2009 compilation Rainy Day Mind: Ember Pop 1969-1975. Despite a few big names (P.J. Proby and Denny Doherty being the headliners) and a few cool collector-bait cuts (Davey Payne & the Medium Wave's opening "A Walk in the Sunshine," Mother Trucker's stomping glam rockers), this is chiefly appealing as a pure time capsule and sometimes -- as on a cover of "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" that makes the Beatles' original seem like heavy metal and a toothless spin on the Who's "Call Me Lightning" -- even that is a bit of a stretch, but as Ember got into bubblegum, glam, and ambitious singer/songwriters, the music gets quite a bit better, with the concluding stretch of sides by Proby, Doherty, Black Swan, and Mother Trucker being quite fine indeed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Fantastic Voyage
UPC:
5055311000206
catalogNumber:
20
Rank:
202808

Tracks

  1. A Walk in the Sunshine @@Davey Payne & The Medium Wave
  2. Maxwell's Silver Hammer @@The Good Ship Lollipop
  3. A Bad Time to Stop Loving Me @@Lee Lynch
  4. Call Me Lightning  -  Good Vibrations
  5. Hard Day's Night @@Milt Matthews Inc.
  6. Good Times  - Alan Lake
  7. Bad Girls  - Davey Payne
  8. Ain't Gonna Get Married @@Rusty Harness
  9. Sunshine in My Rainy Day Mind @@Polly Niles
  10. Belong Belong  -  Black Swan
  11. Come into My Heart @@Rusty Harness
  12. Baby I Need You @@Blue Beard
  13. The Milk of the Tree @@Polly Niles
  14. They've Taken Our Childhood Away @@Lee Lynch
  15. Momma Married a Preacher  - P.J. Proby
  16. Tonight @@Mother Trucker
  17. Southern Comfort  - Denny Doherty
  18. Echoes and Rainbows  -  Black Swan
  19. Sunday Goodbye  - P.J. Proby
  20. Propeller Love @@Mother Trucker
  21. Together  - Denny Doherty

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Album Credits

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Harry Nilsson   Composer
Pete Townshend   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Don Addrisi   Composer
Mike Berry   Composer
Christopher Bond   Composer
Kenny Lynch   Composer
Rick Sandler   Composer
Geoff Stephens   Composer
Alan Blaikley   Composer
Lorne Murdoch   Liner Notes
Dick Addrisi   Composer
Reed   Composer
Hal Shaper   Composer
Dorothy Wayne   Composer
Colin Giffin   Composer
Ken Howard   Composer
Chris Bond   Composer
Wainwright   Composer

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