Round Amen Corner: The Complete Deram Recordings

Round Amen Corner: The Complete Deram Recordings

by Amen Corner
     
 

Featuring their British hits "Bend Me, Shape Me" and "Gin House Blues," Amen Corner's debut album was the work of a band who didn't either really fit into any of the trends of the late '60s or qualify as one of the era's more innovative or interesting groups. They were accomplished at what they did, however, which was offer a mix ofSee more details below

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Featuring their British hits "Bend Me, Shape Me" and "Gin House Blues," Amen Corner's debut album was the work of a band who didn't either really fit into any of the trends of the late '60s or qualify as one of the era's more innovative or interesting groups. They were accomplished at what they did, however, which was offer a mix of blue-eyed soul-rock and British pop. Built around the distinctive high vocals of Andy Fairweather Low, they also had (unlike most British bands) a horn section, as well as a distinguished instrumentalist in organist Blue Weaver. The album was an erratic affair, dragged down by a cover of "Love Me Tender," a sort of vaudeville-ska hybrid in "Judge Rumpel Crassila," and some rather uninspired choices of material to interpret, like "Let the Good Times Roll" and Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You." On the other hand, they ripped through straight-ahead blue-eyed soul like "Our Love (Is in the Pocket)" with flair, and "Something You Got" was almost like a U.K. equivalent to late-'60s Stax deep soul ballads. It offered barely any original material, a shame as a couple B-sides of the period with Fairweather Low compositions showed the kind of psychedelic pop-influenced writing more akin to a band like the late-'60s Small Faces. Fortunately, the 1990 CD added those B-sides, "Nema" and "I Know," as bonus tracks, along with two other cuts from 1967-1968 singles, "Satisnek the Job's Worth" (the B-side of "Bend Me, Shape Me") and the small British hit single "The World of Broken Hearts."

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
Label:
Rpm Records Uk
UPC:
5013929599109
catalogNumber:
2959910

Tracks

  1. Bend Me, Shape Me  -  Amen Corner
  2. Jump Rumpel Crassila  -  Amen Corner
  3. Love Me Tender  -  Amen Corner
  4. Our Love (Is In the Pocket)  -  Amen Corner
  5. Something You've Got  -  Amen Corner
  6. I Am an Angel (But I Can't Fly)  -  Amen Corner
  7. Expressway to Your Heart  -  Amen Corner
  8. Good Times  -  Amen Corner
  9. Let the Good Times Roll/Feel So Good  -  Amen Corner
  10. Can't Get Used to Losing You  -  Amen Corner
  11. Lost and Found  -  Amen Corner
  12. Gin House  -  Amen Corner
  13. I Don't Wanna Discuss It/Amen  -  Amen Corner
  14. I Know  -  Amen Corner
  15. The World of Broken Hearts  -  Amen Corner
  16. Nema  -  Amen Corner
  17. Satisnek the Job's Worth  -  Amen Corner
  18. High in the Sky  -  Amen Corner
  19. Run, Run, Run  -  Amen Corner

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Amen Corner   Primary Artist
Mike Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Andy Fairweather Low   Vocals
Dennis Byron   Drums,Vocals
Blue Weaver   Hammond Organ,Vocals
Neil Jones   Guitar
Clive Taylor   Bass Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Elvis Presley   Composer
Vandenberg   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Amen Corner   Arranger
Andy Fairweather Low   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
David Hitchcock   Liner Notes
Leon Huff   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Bill Price   Engineer
Noel Walker   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Paschal Byrne   Mastering
John Reed   Liner Notes

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