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Velvet Mountain: An Anthology 1970-1972 [Double CD, Original recording remastered]

Cochise Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Esoteric
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Velvet Mountain - Cochise
2. China - Cochise
3. Trafalgar Day - Cochise
4. Moment And The End - Cochise
5. Watch This Space - Cochise
6. 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy) - Cochise
7. Past Loves - Cochise
8. Painted Lady - Cochise
9. Black Is The Colour - Cochise
10. Love's Made A Fool Of You - Cochise
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Another Day - Cochise
2. Axiom Of Maria - Cochise
3. Can I Break Your Heart - Cochise
4. O Come All Ye Faithful - Cochise
5. Words Of A Dying Man - Cochise
6. Cajun Girl - Cochise
7. Blind Love - Cochise
8. Dance, Dance, Dance - Cochise
9. So Many Times - Cochise
10. Diamonds - Cochise
See all 14 tracks on this disc

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Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly remastered anthology featuring the entire recorded output by the classic British band COCHISE. Cochise are unsung heroes of British rock of the early 70s. Formed in 1969, the band featured the talents of legendary Pedal Steel Guitar player B.J. Cole, along with Stewart Brown (Vocals, Guitar), Mick Grabham (Lead guitar), Rick Wills (Bass) and John Willie Wilson (Drums). The band signed to the UK division of United Artists in 1970, releasing their self-titled debut (with legendary sleeve designed by Hipgnosis) the same year. Over the next two years they recorded two further albums, Swallow Tales (which featured guest Steve Marriott) and So Far (featuring Roy Otemro on drums).

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COCHISE Velvet Mountain - An Anthology 1970-1972 2CD

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4.0 out of 5 stars Another (almost) Forgotten Band 29 April 2013
I was lucky enough to see Cochise in Manchester supporting Creedence Clearwater Revival on what was to b etheir last Uk tour. I'd never heard of Cochise till then, but they played a blinder resulting in me rapidly purchasing "Swallow Tales", their second and to me, best album. A strange and intrigu ing beast....bits of country, psychedelia and even a rocky shuffle with a killer chorus, "Why I Sing The Blues", which could even have been a hit single if it had been released in that format. On it they are aided and abetted by the unmistakable tones of Steve Marriot who also hammers the ivories. Fine vocals from new singer John Gilbert, gritty Strat from Mick Grabham and the lovely bass / drums team of Rick Wills and Willie Wilson throughout, not to mention fab songwriting. Despite my aversion to Brits singing songs about cowboys etc, I still loved it. The genesis of some of the subject matter may have come from moves to make them the English Burrito Bros as I understand it, but the Burrito's would never have come up with anything like "Strange Images", nor would they have wanted to given Gram Parsons antipathy to the "Mind Gardens" aspect of song writing.

Next I got their third and last album "So Far", a lot rockier and funkier, good, tightly played, but the slight quirky weirdness of the previous album (mostly attributable to pedal steel player extraordinaire BJ Cole) was missing and the fantastic Willie Wilson had been replaced by Roy O'Temro, a troubled spirit by all accounts, but another fine drummer. Not a bad album, but a bit run of the mill. It was this line up of the band I saw live, and a shot of them at a gig looking as I remember them at the Free Trade Hall graced a rather workmanlike cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "...WELL WORTH CATCHING LIVE AND ON RECORD..." 10 Jun 2014
By Stuart Jefferson - Published on Amazon.com
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Cochise is another one of those bands (like Quiver, Lindisfarne, and Bronco) that never really made it's mark with music fans. This 2 CD set collects all three of the band's albums plus a couple of stray Singles. This set was remastered from the original master tapes, and has good sound. The 15 page booklet has an essay on the band, the music, and the period when they were together.

Cochise was (and I hate using this label) a "second tier" band--not a headliner-but still playing some good music. Their sound was an amalgamation of English and West Coast influences both in their music and vocal style. The band had a few personnel changes from album to album, but the mainstays--Mick Grabham on guitar, and B.J. Cole (who also played in Juicy Lucy) on steel guitar and Dobro,along with Rick Wills-bass, played on through to the last. The lead singer's spot (along with the drummer's) would change but didn't seem to hurt the band's sound.

Their first album , "Cochise", (produced by The Pretty Things Dick Taylor) was issued in 1970, and had a very distinctive cover shot of a women's breast and body looking somewhat like sand dunes by Hipgnosis, and the title, "Velvet Mountain", hmmm, what does that allude to? I can still remember seeing that album cover as an import in the record bins and thought any band that uses a photo like that has to have something going for them. And I was right--except for possibly Paul Simon's "59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)", which still sounds a bit peculiar to my ears--to each his own. But the interplay between Grabham and Cole was pretty cool sounding--tough electric guitar meshed with the sweet strains of a steel guitar.

The next album has a new vocalist which didn't really alter the band's sound much if at all. The second album "Swallow Tales" (1971) was produced by the band and their sound doesn't really change all that much, with Cole's compositions being a bit out of the ordinary. Again, Cole's and Grabham's guitars are the stars here. Check out "Down Country Girls", "Lost Hearts", and "O Come All Ye Faithful" for examples of this album's sound.

The third album, "So Far" (1972), has a different drummer but (still) retains the major players. The sound is a bit harder being produced by Vic Smith (The Jam associate), and also includes the live track "Dance Dance Dance" by Neil Young. But overall this album wasn't as good as their first effort. There's also a bit of orchestration here on "Thunder In The Crib". But by the time this album was released the band was breaking apart. A number of band members went on to have good careers in music--Grabham played with Procol Harum, Cole did session work and played with Juicy Lucy, Rick Wills and Willie Wilson played on David Gilmour's first solo album, Wills played with Foreigner, while Wilson played with Pink Floyd on "The Wall".

This is another good example of the depth of quality English bands during the late 60's/early 70's. Yes Cochise's first album is probably still the best of the three, but each album has worthwhile music for fans (like me) of this period in Britain. Should this be your next purchase? Only if you already own the albums from more well known, "better" bands from the era. But along with Quiver, Bronco, Locomotive, Skin Alley, T2, Cressida,and other lesser known bands, Cochise is worth adding to your music library because their best tunes are worth hearing as examples of another band that just didn't quite have what it took to "make it' into the big leagues.
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