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Outward Bown [CD]

The Alan Bown Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Grapefruit
  • ASIN: B006TX276W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Toyland
2. Magic Handkerchief
3. Mutiny
4. All Along The Watchtower
5. Sally Green
6. Penny For Your Thoughts
7. Story Book
8. Technicolour Dream
9. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
10. Violin Shop
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Disc: 2
1. Toyland
2. Magic Handkerchief
3. Mutiny
4. All Along The Watchtower
5. Sally Green
6. Penny For Your Thoughts
7. Story Book
8. Technicolour Dream
9. Love Is A Beautiful Thing
10. Violin Shop
See all 16 tracks on this disc

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* One of the most popular club bands of the Swinging London era, the Alan Bown Set abruptly changed direction in the Summer of 1967, shedding their soul/R&B togs to reinvent themselves as flower power pop merchants the Alan Bown! Under this new guise, they cut one of the lost jewels of the British psychedelic pop scene, the magnificent Outward Bown.

* The LP appeared in late 1968, but unfortunately was only briefly available due to the collapse of the band's record company. To add insult to injury, a long-overdue late 1990s CD release of Outward Bown suffered a similar fate, meaning that this most quintessential of English psychedelic pop albums has never been available for more than a few weeks at a time.

* Finally, however, Outward Bown receives the release that it deserves with this definitive double CD package, which features both mono and stereo mixes of the album together with obscure B-sides and alternative single versions. Pieced together from recording sessions that spanned the summer of 1967 to spring 1968, Outward Bown deftly embraces all points of the psychedelic pop compass, taking in proto-hard rock (including the original electric blueprint of `All Along The Watchtower' that inspired Hendrix to cut his own version), blue-eyed mod soul and, perhaps most notably of all, the voguish toytown pop sound, evident in such winsome vignettes as `Toyland', `Violin Shop' and `Story Book'.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Psychedelic Toytown is the place to be! 2 Mar 2012
By Angular
Format:Audio CD
The Alan Bown (or the Alan Bown Set, as they began life) were always a part of the musical landscape during the second half of the 1960s, without ever enjoying substantial success. In singer Jess Roden, they boasted a blue-eyed soul vocalist to rank alongside Terry Reid, Steve Ellis, Winwood and Marriott. They were musically accomplished and embraced myriad musical styles, from beat and R&B to mod/soul, psychedelia and jazz.

Much of Alan Bown's quietly prolific output has been reissued on CD, from their early Mod outings on Pye (though Emergency 999 on Sequel is now deleted) to very late Sixties explorations into progressive rock, now available on Esoteric. However, Outward Bown must stand as their most accomplished work, inspired (presumably) by Sgt. Pepper in its vivid mix of psychedelic pop, gloriously catchy melodies, colourful lyrics and imaginative instrumentation. Back in 1968, Outward Bown was issued on a short-lived MGM offshoot Music Factory but was swiftly deleted, a fate which also befell a CD reissue on See For Miles some 30 years later.

Cherry Red's Grapefruit imprint has slowly built a reputation for quality craftsmenship within the broad church of British 60s psychedelia and freakbeat (witness last year's Poets and Mike Stuart Span retrospectives). But this is something else: a 29-track 2-CD compendium of the complete Alan Bown output for MGM/Music Factory. But what of the music? Well, it's of the highest calibre for any fan of late 60s Zombies/Beatles/Honeybus/Hollies/Beegees. Legend has it that Hendrix borrowed their "rock" interpretation of 'All Along The Watchtower'; equally impressive are the dainty, orchestrated pop of 'Toyland'; the lysergically inclined 'Story Book'; or the rock-soul of 'Love Is A Beautiful Thing'.

The sound quality is superb; the packaging excellent; really, there's nothing to criticise. Go buy!
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My Girl the month of May, All along the Watchtower, Technicolour Dream, Penny for Your Thoughts, Love is a Beautiful Thing are standout tracks that are a must for all Alan Bown/Jess Roden fans. Anyone who was privileged to have seen them onstage will remember these songs with great joy! The old excitement returns once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars got the vinyl 15 April 2014
By yvonne
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got the vinyl of this but wanted cd for the car, and save the vinyl ,brings back some memories of the times i have seen them love it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 23 Nov 2013
By Mick C
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Takes me back to my teenage years, having seen them perform locally in the late 60's. Brilliant band never got the fame or credit they deserved.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a genuine slice of 60's era English pop-psyche. I have to admit I bought the set because the lead singer is Jess Roden. He recorded some good things with the band BRONCO, and on his own as a solo artist. I'd heard a couple of things by THE ALAN BOWN! with (the late) Robert Palmer on vocals, and I knew the band was a popular r&b/soul draw in the clubs early on. They are usually mentioned with THE ACTION, THE ARTWOODS, ZOOT MONEY'S BIG ROLL BAND, and others of the period.

The group changed their sound during the hey-day of British bands in the late 60's. Listen to "Toyland", "Magic Handkerchief", "Penny For Your Thoughts", and "Technicolor Dream" for good examples of quintessential English pop-psyche from the period. But the band was capable of ripping out something harder-listen to Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower" for a good example of that side of the band. "Love Is A Beautiful Thing" is rocking and jazzy at the same time-the horns, the beat, and Roden's strong vocals come together to make this tune special.

The band heard on this album is Jess Roden-vocals, Alan Bown-trumpet/flugelhorn, Tony Catchpole-guitar, Jeff Bannister-organ/piano/Mellotron, John Helliwell (later in SUPERTRAMP)-sax/clarinet/recorder, Stan Haldane-bass, and Vic Sweeeney-drums. Robert Palmer is on other albums by the band.

Disc One is the stereo version of the album, and Disc Two is in monophonic sound. The bonus tracks include a stereo version of "Little Lesley", and mono Singles of "Toyland", and "Story Book", along with "Little Lesley" and "We Can Help You". The 14 page booklet tells the story of the band and the trouble they had releasing this album. There's period graphics and photos of the band which help flesh out their story. The sound is very full (without compression) and clean. Both versions of the album are worthwhile hearing, unless you're not into monophonic sound. I was ready to like the mono version over stereo, but found both were very pleasing to hear.

Fans of late 60's English pop-psyche will like this. Is this some long lost gem that's been recovered? Not really. But it is a good example of this type of music from that whole exciting period in Britain. The playing is great, the vocals are good, and the lyrics are representative of the times. As I said-this is a slice of late 60's English pop-psyche-and that's good enough.
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