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Foolish Seasons

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B000CSTK0Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,815 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Just Gotta Know My Mind
2. Tears In My Eyes
3. Life Is Short
4. Souvenirs Of Stefan
5. Can't You See I'm Dreaming
6. No! No! No!
7. He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not
8. London Social Degree
9. Dead
10. Foolish Seasons
11. Where Will You Be
12. Hard Lovin' Loser

Product Description

RE-PRESS: CD ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2006. Dana Gillespie was a music lover from an early age: 'I discovered the blues when I went to the American Folk Blues Festival in 1962 and also to see the Yardbirds at the Marquee Club. I was in my early teens and hadn't heard anything like it before'. In 1964 she recorded her first single for Pye, with Donovan on guitar and became a regular on the folk circuit along with friends Donovan and David Bowie. She recalls:'I was doing folk because I couldn't afford a band and I hadn't found my musical niche'. In those early years Dana got to know many of the top bands and people in the music business, appearing on Ready Steady Go and other cool TV shows of the era along with the legends of the British pop explosion. Then in 1967, she made this album, 'Foolish Seasons', a Psychpop/Swinging London/Folkrock masterpiece. Featuring the rare Donovan song, 'You Just Gotta Know My Mind', which should have been a smash mod hit, (and also includes the guitar of JIMMY PAGE!!!), and two fantastic Billy Nicholls covers from his much celebrated and legendary Psych/Softpop gem,'Would You Believe'. Arranged by the great Mike Vickers and produced by Wayne Bickerton (World of Oz, Jackie Lomax, The Rubettes), this is one of THE great missing links of 1960s pop. Dana was to make one more album for Decca, morphing seamlessly into a more blues based style, before becoming a star of London's West End theatre: the first run of Jesus Christ Superstar (playing Mary Magdalene), The Who's 'Tommy' (playing the Acid Queen) and the rock Othello,'Catch My Soul'. A number of roles in latter-day Hammer films and more experimental arthouse movies are also fondly remembered. As a singer she moved to RCA Records and made two albums under the aegis of David Bowie, whose management, Mainman, also took care of her career. A period in the US was spectacularly ended when Bob Dylan invited her to appear on his 1997 UK tour... Package include rare and never before-seen vintage pictures of the lovely Dana by one of England's finest rock photographers, Gered Mankowitz. A top dollar sought after album, a must for all fans of Dana Gillespie, psychpop, folkrock, baroque pop - it's just a great album by a great lady; what more can I say?

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joe Pop on 28 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
i love this...sunny and groovy, it could almost be the new Goldfrapp album, Seventh Tree! Dana has a great voice and is showcased so well on this very English sounding set of songs.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bernard H. Christ on 13 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
Dana Gillespie, who went on to be a stalwart of the British blues scene, has long distanced herself from this early effort and in the liner notes to this reissue, seems bemused by the interest in it. Let's not kid ourselves here, this is not an incredible long lost 60s classic - though there are plenty of those around - it's an enjoyable if slight album of folk tinged pop with its tongue firmly in its cheek. Notable also for the presence of a pre Zep Jimmy Page (who also wrote the very cheeky London Social Degree - LSD, geddit?!), it'll appeal to fans of bubblegum pop, Trunk Records or the slightly odd. What it does have is one of the best slices of 60s stomping sunshine pop in the killer opener, You Just Gotta Know My Mind. For that song alone it's worth owning, though there other delights to be found amongst the filler. A worthy 3 and half stars.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By domino on 25 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
dana gillespie's first solo album is nothing short of brilliant. i've done reviews before in which i said rev-ola's fem reissues are patchy,and this is why. so far,one of my favourite reissues released by rev-ola. any fans of bright and inventive 60's pop would do well to buy this album. worth every star.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. L. Smith on 27 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
this is a good 60s brit album love the first track very summery and brittish imagine london at the time loving this album never heard of her but glad i have now good chrimbo gift love it!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Long-lost swinging London lite-psych classic! 23 May 2006
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gillespie made a name for herself as a model, a protege of Davie Bowie, and ultimately as a world-class blues singer. But her debut album, released in the U.S. on London Records in 1968, and left undistributed in the UK until this first-ever CD reissue, is anchored more to the folk, pop and light-psych of swinging London than to her later conquests. Together with producer Wayne Bickerton and arranger Mike Vickers (the talented multi-instrumentalist of Manfred Mann's original line-up), Gillespie penned several originals, as well as picking superb material from Donovan and Billy Nicholls, and arresting selections by Americans Jeff Barry, Andy Kim and Richard Farina.

The album kicks off with Jimmy Page's scorching rhythm guitar lick and a bubbling bassline on Donovan's "You Just Gotta Know My Mind," perfect accompaniment for Gillespie's sassy doubled vocals and a mod organ solo. A superb pair of tunes from Billy Nicholls', "Life is Short" and "London Social Degree" showcase the ornate orchestral pop gaining favor in the hands of Brian Wilson, Gary Usher, Curt Boettcher and others. The arrangements surround Gillespie with drums, guitars and bass, decorated by light-psych arrays of horns and strings. Gillespie's future as a chanteuse can be heard in half-spoken, half-sung blues groove of "Dead," and Richard Farina's "Hard Lovin' Loser" is as much blues as the original was folk.

Rev-Ola's reissue includes the album's original dozen tracks, song-by-song notes from Gillespie, and eye-catching photos of the photogenic former model. It would have been great to have her pre-LP singles on Pye as bonus tracks, but their absence is merely a quibble for a CD that faithfully reproduces one of the late-60s more obscure treasures. Let's hope her follow-up ("Box of Surprises") and subsequent pair of LPs for RCA ("Weren't Born a Man" and "Ain't Gonna Play No Second Fiddle") are next on Rev-Ola's docket. [©2006 hyperbolium dot com]
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very fine 'missing link' pop album 20 Mar 2006
By E. C Goodstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Not the bluesy Dana Gillespie, but fascinating for that. This album is an interesting hybrid of various pop strains at the time ('67/68). Great to hear Jimmy Page playing more pop (just for contrast!), and songs by the kinda forgotten but good Brian Nicolls. A little bit top heavy with production at times, but it is INTERESTING production/arrangement I think. In the end, she comes across here almost like a lower voiced, somewhat sultrier & 'transatlantic' Jackie deShannon. That's fine with me-- and the inclusion of fine 'cool pop' version of Richard Farina's "Hard Lovin' Loser" almost makes the album worthwhile on its own. Great '60's stuff.
Overrated 24 Oct 2013
By John Warren - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
You may hear the song "You Just Gotta Know My Mind" and think, wow! What a great sunshine pop single! And it is, but nothing else compares to it. The folkier songs meander without compelling hooks or lyrics. By the way, Jimmy Page (who produced and played on "Know My Mind") copied a great deal from the 1965 record by another artist which is even better than Gillespie's version.
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