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Around Grapefruit [VINYL] Limited Edition


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  • Vinyl (17 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Grapefruit
  • ASIN: B000W1NGAI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,242,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark Morris on 14 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest crimes in the history of man is that this album and the band that made it are so unheard of. They formed in 1967 and were signed to the Beatles' Apple label, and were dubbed "Grapefruit" by John Lennon. The chief songwriter was a Scotsman called George Alexander Young, who came from a very musical family (brother George was in The Easybeats, and brothers Angus and Malcolm were in AC/DC!). George Alexander was an incredibly gifted songwriter, his songs are very whistful and romantic. Around Grapefruit is psychedelic/baroque pop at its finest. The production (by Terry Melcher) is incredible, with mellotrons, flutes, organ, phashing, weird sound effects and full, rich harmonies galore! What more could you ask for?

Another Game starts us off, an upbeat bass heavy song with some exquisite flute sections and an excellent chorus. The highlight of the song is the bridge which hints towards some of the other songs to come, with its whistful vibe and melancholy lyrics; "Living in a cave can be so lonely...". Excellent start to the album, great vocal effects too!

Yesterday's Sunshine follows on very well from Another game. Its got the same melancholy feel to it, and the flutes at the start tie the two songs together well. There are some amazing background vocals on it too, they have some strange effect on them that makes them sound like they are underwater or something, very trippy! The lyrics are very poetic and again a touch melancholy. It's just so damn well written, I love the chord changes during the last half a minute of the song, very emotive! What a track!

Elevator comes next, its not one of my favourites on the album but its still a very good psych pop song. It was released as a single from the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SeaWasp on 29 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It must have been the cover art or the fact that the names "Creedence Clearwater Revival" and "Procol Harum" sounded more cool than "Grapefruit" (which to me in those days would have had teenybopper overtones). I really don't know... but having said that, this is a fine pop album and I'm pleased to have caught up with it nearly 45 years down the track.

There is not a single bad track on the whole original album. As a bonus, we also have a few "single" mixes including two sung in Italian (which I need about as much as I needed "Sie Liebt Dich" on The Beatles' Past Masters cd). There are some very beautiful medodies here. Most albums tend to grow on me over half a dozen playings but this one hit the spot right away and the more I hear it, the more I enjoy it.

The band's finest moment, "Around Grapefruit" is pure pop just this side of psychedelia and if you like The Tremeloes' oeuvre or The Small Faces' "Ogden's Nut Gone Flake", then you are sure to enjoy this album. Very much of it's era, so guys with a 60s fixation (and Grumpy Old Hippies like yours truly) will have a good time here.

Go ahead... take a chance.
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I saw this group many years ago "Live" at the Royal Albert Hall. The Byrds were top of the bill that night and supporting acts included - Joe Cocker, The Move, Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Alan Bown Set, etc. Grapefruit impressed me then because not only had I never heard of them but they were good. That night all four band members wore a white suit with black shirts and each had a different colour tie. Very smart! I bought this LP shortly afterwards but it did not have all the extra "singles" version. Later when I converted to CD it was never available (along with a good many other albums!). The group still sound fresh and modern today and I am glad I bought this. A great walk down memory lane.
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Strolling past "Buck House" listening to this anthology on a recent sunny day, it really did feel as though the Queen's guard were about to break in to the Austin Powers intro with accompanying heads popping out from behind the trees in Green Park. Grapefruit had the versatility and sheer songwriting talent, if not the commercial success, of their better-known peers and are really one of only a handful of bands that capture the essence of their era.
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By Patrick Murphy on 29 Nov 2014
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