POMPEY POP

They Do NOT Play Soul Music

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Just in case you thought otherwise

1970 I think – from my pal Geoff, 50% of Light Program

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Author: pompeypop

University lecturer, longtime local musician and recently historian of popular music - especially in and around Portsmouth. My blog is entirely about that topic

4 thoughts on “They Do NOT Play Soul Music

  1. Hmmm… I see Bram Stoker were supporting The Alan Bown! They put out an album “Heavy Rock Spectacular” on the cheapo cheapo Windmill label. Most people turned their noses up at at the time as it looked like a cash in rip off on a crap label….. but if you have an original copy it’s worth around 50 quid now. It’s recently been re-released on the Talking Elephant label on one of those new fangled CD thingys. The eight tracks feature Hammond organ and fuzz distortion on the guitars, with a classical overtones. Bit like ELP, Atomic Rooster, Beggar’s Opera. Certainly sound better than the bloody awful looking album sleeve promises… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJnuVzm0U-Q

  2. …and yes, it was 1970, Dave!!!!

  3. I might be wrong but it my mind Th Alan Bown Set were one of the best soul groups to appear at the Birdcage Club. Also they recorded ‘London Swings: Live at the Marquee’ with ‘Cage favourites Jimmy James and the Vagabonds. One must remember that the personnel was made up of musicians that were mainly session men, and they are the best ! Robert Palmer was a lead vocalist for some time.
    They changed their style somewhat when they went ‘psychodelic’ , which was when they moved away from soul.
    It was interesting to see that tickets were on sale in Guys, Commercial Road, above which I used to cut hair( formally Smartwear )

    • I liked them too Oscar – the previous singer, Jess Roden, was one of the best. In Harlem Speakeasy we modelled ourselves on them (with varying degrees of success!) – the sincerest form of flattery. I wasn’t so keen on the later ‘soppy’ stuff like “Toyland” but even then they did a very good version of “All Along the Watchtower” and a really fine version of Dion’s “My Girl the Month of May”

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