D,B,M+T* ‎– Fresh Ear

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Philips ‎– 6308 029, Philips ‎– 6308029
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A1 Mr. President
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog], Vocals – John DymondAcoustic Guitar, Vocals – Ian AmeyDrums – Michael Wilson*
3:14
A2 Too Much
Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals – John DymondAcoustic Guitar, Vocals – Ian AmeyBass Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums – Michael Wilson*
5:38
A3 She Was A Raver
Acoustic Guitar, Cowbell, Vocals – John DymondBass Guitar, Maracas, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums, Congas – Michael Wilson*Lead Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals – Ian Amey
4:19
A4 Mystery Rider
Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums, Timpani – Michael Wilson*Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Ian AmeyVocals, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog] – John Dymond
5:11
B1 World
Acoustic Guitar, Harmony Vocals – Ian AmeyBass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums – Michael Wilson*Piano, Acoustic Guitar, Synthesizer [Moog] – John Dymond
5:15
B2 Rain
Bass Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums – Michael Wilson*Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – John DymondLead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals – Ian Amey
4:39
B3 Soukie
Acoustic Guitar, Vocals – Ian AmeyRhythm Guitar, Vocals – John Dymond, Trevor Davies (2)Tom Tom, Metallophone [Mallets], Bass Drum – Michael Wilson*
2:54
B4 Leader Of A Rock And Roll Band
Bass Guitar, Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)Drums – Michael Wilson*Lead Guitar – Ian AmeyRhythm Guitar, Vocals – John Dymond
2:48
B5 Buttercup Joe
Vocals – Trevor Davies (2)
0:35

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Recorded May to July, 1970. First cat.nr. on label, second on back cover.
Released in a gatefold cover.
Black labels with silver lettering.

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  • Price Code: SBL

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
6308 029, 6308029 D,B,M+T* Fresh Ear(LP, Album, Promo) Philips, Philips 6308 029, 6308029 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
6308 029, 6308029 D,B,M+T* Fresh Ear(LP, Album) Philips, Philips 6308 029, 6308029 Germany 1970 Sell This Version
REPUK 1054 D,B,M+T* Fresh Ear(CD, Album, RE, RM, Dig) Repertoire Records REPUK 1054 Germany 2006 Sell This Version
6308029 D,B,M+T* Fresh Ear(LP, Album) Philips 6308029 Australia 1970 Sell This Version

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July 30, 2016
Having started life as four-fifths of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, the four members set adrift by the departure of Dave Dee in 1969 opted to drop their British Invasion sunshine pop sound and form a new band that was an all together more grown-up proposition. You only have to take a look at the band portrait on the cover to see that the days of Carnaby Street duds and teenybopper appeal were over. Here was a group getting back to the country, following the example of The Beatles who had themselves looked to the austere, everyman anti-image of The Band for sartorial inspiration. The music on Fresh Ear complements the change in dress code, with an earthy, folk-inflected psych pop/rock sound that doffs its hat to the Revolver-and-beyond Beatles material as well as Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills & Nash. The Revolver meets Bookends vibe of 'Mr President' is mugged by an out-of-nowhere Moog assault which is as out of place as a hard-on in a convent, but kind of works for that very reason. 'Too Much' blends acoustic guitars, a tough Graham Nash-esque vocal, three-part acapella vocal harmonies, a riveting bassline and up-front drums into a folksy C,S & N-inspired song. 'She Was A Raver' chugs along on a fuzzed-up bassline and keeps the guitar buried deep in the mix until a rasping lead break is unleashed. A percussion interlude takes over until it, in turn, gives way to a snotty Pete Townshend-like riff. Sounds of the sea bookend 'Mystery Rider' which turns out to be a nice little psych pop number with a tasty electric guitar riff underpinned by acoustic guitar and tambourine. Side 2 opens with the Beatles and Kinks influenced 'World'. You could almost believe it was a Ray Davies lead vocal. 'Rain' is dripping with vocal harmonies that you'd swear were The Beatles. This song is all about the voices, the instrumentation hardly registering until you notice how much the riff sounds like something that Status Quo were knocking out in their transition from psychedelic popsters to heads-down boogie merchants. And that, incidentally, is a good thing. 'Soukie' is another folky acoustic number that acts as the calm before the storm that is 'Leader Of A Rock 'N' Roll Band', featuring hard guitar, a Lennon-esque vocal and a bassline that John Entwhistle would have been on nodding terms with. The production on this LP is warm, open and upfront, really bringing the material alive. I can't recommend this album highly enough.

Original review posted at http://leftearrightearvinylfrontier.blogspot.co.uk/