Blossom Toes - Love Bomb - Live 1967-69 (Vinyl, LP)

Blossom Toes were one of the best late-'60s British bands not to make a big commercial impact, so the release, if belated, of two entire CDs of previously unissued live material is bound to perk up the interest of U. Yet though it does help fill out the picture of a band whose official catalog was limited to a couple of albums and a few non-LP sides, it must be noted that this really isn't Blossom Toes at their best, for reasons that aren't entirely the group's fault.

First, with the exception of a couple songs from an October U. More subtly, the actual songs are often pretty unlike the tracks on the group's admirable pair of albums -- in fact, they're sometimes drastically different than Blossom Toes ' studio output, and not always in a good way. Disc one is entirely devoted to a live Swedish club performance on August 26,and fans of their fine LP of wistful pop-psychedelia, We Are Ever So Cleanmight be astonished that just one of the eight songs "The Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog" is taken from that record.

Otherwise, the set shows a much looser, less song-oriented, improvisational blues-psychedelic sound than came through on their early studio output, including a cover of Captain Beefheart 's "Electricity" and a pretty dire rendition of "Smokestack Lightning.

As good as We Are Ever So Clean is, if not for the presence of "The Remarkable Saga of the Frozen Dog," you might never suspect it's the same band, and they're certainly not making music as distinctive as they did that same year on that LP. It's back to fuzzier-sounding concert recordings, however, for the final five songs, which come from Belgian festival performances in August and October of These include well-done live renditions of two of the highlights of their harder-rocking second LP If Only for a Moment"Indian Summer" and "Peace Loving Man"; a surprise in a swinging jazzy cover of Shawn Phillips ' "Stargazer," which has oddly superior sound quality to the other Belgian recordings; and, anticlimactically, a too-long drawn-out version of Ben E.

King 's "Grooving" on which Frank Zappa guests. While one appreciates that Blossom Toes considered themselves a harder-rocking, wilder LP) than was evident on the We Are Ever So Clean album, the fact is that the material that gave them a chance to stretch out on-stage just isn't as impressive as what they devised in the studio.

Combined with the largely substandard if basically listenable sound quality of most of this set, it has to be considered unrepresentative of Blossom Toes at their best, if of interest to serious fans of the group. AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International.

Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Blossom Toes - Love Bomb - Live 1967-69 (Vinyl. Check Blossom Toes - Love Bomb - Live 1967-69 (Vinyl my site lotsawatts. Basically, we made it clear to the powers that be. Fortunately, they agreed to basically let us get on with it plus, of coarse, Giorgio! Glad you like it. A series Blossom Toes - Love Bomb - Live 1967-69 (Vinyl unplanned events then took over the process. Very enjoyable time! You were involved with many other project like Solid Gold Cadillac, Centipede, Magma and in you formed and released one LP) with a band called Mirage.

This time you went more and more towards jazz fusion. Would you like to talk about it? Every conceivable configuration of the musical spectrum really; jazz, rock, dance, orchestral etc. A great piece of luck on my part!

So, thanks Keith!! Magma; I recorded with briefly but never played live with. Great band and concept. Mirage was a band formed out of good friends and musicians that met during the Westbrook period apart from the drummer Dave Sheen who was to good to miss! Terrific band to play with, nothing too serious, but flat out blowing with maximum rhythm!!

So much really. I was also working and recording with another legendary figure from the Jazz scene called Bob Downes which again is unforgettable. Hey Hoe! What are you doing these days? All I would say to your readers is never take NO for an answer! For some 40 years the Blossom Toes catalog went without proper reissue, available only on rather poor quality bootleg releases.

However, in the past 5 years that wrong has been righted thanks to the good folks at Sunbeam Records, UK. It may seem an odd destination for a psych drummer, but James Last was a high-prestige and well-paid gig, and he was very choosey. There were side excursions.

The rear label declares:. Music — or Art is both an entertainment and an education. Until the experience is felt, it cannot be imagined. Marmalade commits itself. This album isa representation of our commitment at this time. Marmalade Records is the creation of Georgio Gomelsky and a few faithful friends. Friends who believe in his LP) friends who like working with him; friends who back him. According to the liner notes, while putting out the song in French, an English version was being worked on.

It never emerged. Not a sign of trad jazz about it. The sampler LP turns up reasonably often, at reasonable prices, which is not true of virtually any other Marmalade LP. The label ended in a satisfyingly 60s style. Gomelsky is alleged to have shut the doors and disappeared without informing either the artists or the distributors, Polydor, who had financed the operation. The sleeve still looks good when well-worn and battered. Note the curves had been designed so as to fit a push-out centre Peace Loving Man: Blossom Toes, Danko added: Rick Danko: Those first royalty checks we got almost killed some of us.

And they do. Brian Godding said in a later interview: Brian Godding: It was crap! Extrapolation: John McLaughlin There were side excursions. The rear label declares: A taste of Marmalade. The sound that spreads. The cover says: Music — or Art is both an entertainment and an education. The final single. It was withdrawn as the label collapsed.

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