The Marmalade, from Scotland, began as Dean Ford and the Gaylords. They were very popular on the Scottish club circuit between 1961 and 1966, but then made the move to London in a quest for wider recognition, changing their name at the same time. That wider recognition was slow in coming as their first four singles for their new label flopped in Britain - however, one of them (I see the rain) enjoyed some success in Europe.
Their fifth single (a cover of Lovin' thongs, an American song) gave them a UK top ten hit. Although the follow-up (Wait for me Marianne) was only a minor UK hit, their next four singles after that all made the UK top ten, beginning with a Beatles song (Ob la di ob la da) which was their only UK number one hit, followed by Baby make it soon, Reflections of my life (their best original song - it also made the American top ten) and Rainbow.
After that, line-up changes began to take their toll but they still made further UK chart entries with a top twenty hit (My little one), a top ten hit (Cousin Norman), a minor hit (Back on the road) and another top ten hit (Radancer), which appeared to complete their chart run in 1972. With further line-up changes, a re-formed Marmalade had one more hit (Falling apart at the seams), which made the UK top ten in 1976. In the meantime, Junior Campbell (a founder member of the original Gaylords) had a UK top ten hit (Hallelujah freedom) and a UK top twenty hit (Sweet illusion) after leaving the Marmalade.
This comprehensive compilation includes some early tracks by Dean Ford and the Gaylords, Junior Campbell's solo hits and (of course) all of the Marmalade's own hits as well a selection of their other recordings.
You can find all the essential Marmalade tracks on a single CD, but if you (like me) like to explore further, you will find much to enjoy here.