The Spectrum

The Spectrum

English pop-psychedelia band of the late 1960s.

The Spectrum were mostly known in Europe, despite being a British band -- they were actually a manufactured group, reportedly put together by British RCA to see if they couldn't come up with a U.K. equivalent of the Monkees, but they never had any luck in their own country, despite exposure on a popular children's television show for part of its run and getting a single picked up by a top pirate radio station.

Tony Atkins (lead guitar), Colin Forsey (vocals), Bill Chambers (organ), Tony Judd (bass), and Keith Forsey (drums) made their debut with a single of "Samantha's Mine" b/w "Saturday's Child," issued in early 1967; it became much more popular in Spain (where it reached the number one spot) than it was in England.

Their second single, "Portabello Road," was picked up by Radio London, the top pirate radio outlet in England, and played very heavily, but it failed to chart.

But their third single, "Headin' for a Heatwave," hit number one in Spain, and their fifth single, a cover of "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," reached the top spot in Germany during 1968.

The group was also featured in the closing credits of the Gerry Anderson-produced series Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons, singing the title song, but this exposure failed to get them any significant sales and the song was never issued commercially -- ironically enough, their presence on the title theme even gave the group a bit of exposure in America (where the series was popular and ran for years in reruns, and where their singles had never been released), of which they were never able to take advantage.

By 1968, Peter Wood had replaced Chambers on the organ, and the following year Atkins switched to bass and Colin Forsey became their rhythm guitarist while John Beattie took over on lead guitar.

Two additional singles were forthcoming from the group on RCA, along with an LP entitled The Light Is Dark Enough, after which the group moved to Parlophone for one last single before splitting up.

This early record of mixed success seemed to be nothing up a hiccup in the career of Keith Forsey, who went on to play drums with numerous other artists, in addition to becoming a major songwriter (including co-authoring "Flashdance (What a Feeling)" and "Don't You Forget About Me") and producing Billy Idol, Nina Hagen, the Pointer Sisters, and the Psychedelic Furs, among numerous other artists, and writing several movie soundtracks.
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The Spectrum Discography Tracks


CAL 123 The Spectrum Spectrum(LP, Mono) RCA Victor CAL 123 Spain 1969 Sell This Version
The Spectrum The Light Is Dark Enough (Album) RCA International (Camden) UK 1970 Sell This Version
191924543381 The Spectrum Feel Good Vibes(File, AAC, MP3, WAV, Album) CD Baby 191924543381 2017

Singles & EPs

The Spectrum Samantha's Mine / Saturday's Child (Single) RCA Victor UK 1967 Sell This Version
The Spectrum Portobello Road (Single) RCA Victor Canada 1967 Sell This Version
The Spectrum Headin' For A Heatwave (Single) RCA Victor UK 1967 Sell This Version
47-15028 The Spectrum Portobello Road / Comes The Dawn(7", Single) RCA Victor 47-15028 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
The Spectrum Little Red Boat By The River / Forget Me Not (Single) RCA Victor Germany 1968 Sell This Version
The Spectrum Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (Single) RCA Victor, RCA Victor Greece 1968 Sell This Version
The Spectrum London Bridge Is Coming Down (Single) RCA Victor US 1968 Sell This Version
42 072 The Spectrum Little Red Boat On The River / Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(7", Single) RCA Victor 42 072 South Africa 1968 Sell This Version
3-10334 The Spectrum El Puente De Londres / Carretera A Portobello(7", Single) RCA Victor 3-10334 Spain 1968 Sell This Version
3-10317 The Spectrum Music Soothes The Savage Breast / Tables And Chairs(7", Single) RCA Victor 3-10317 Spain 1968 Sell This Version
3-10373 The Spectrum Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da(7", Single) RCA Victor 3-10373 Spain 1968 Sell This Version
Spectrum* Glory (Single) RCA Victor UK 1969 Sell This Version
Spectrum* Free (Single) RCA Victor Spain 1969 Sell This Version
TP 428 The Spectrum Samantha's Mine(7", EP, Mono) RCA Victor TP 428 Portugal 1969 Sell This Version
46g 50073 Spectrum* Free / London Bridge Is Coming Down(7", Single) RCA Victor 46g 50073 Greece 1969 Sell This Version
49.630 Spectrum* Glory / Free(7", Single) RCA Victor 49.630 France 1969 Sell This Version


LPV-7783 The Spectrum The Spectrum(LP, Comp, Mono) Rca Victor LPV-7783 Venezuela 1968 Sell This Version
OX CD INTS 1118 The Spectrum The Light Is Dark Enough - Recordings 1965-1971(CD, Album, Comp) Oxford OX CD INTS 1118 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
CRSEG038D The Spectrum All The Colours Of The Spectrum (Complete Recordings: 1964-1970) (2xCD, Comp, Mono) Grapefruit Records CRSEG038D UK 2017 Sell This Version

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