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5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated singer from sixties psychedelic era, 19 Dec 2003
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Peter Durward Harris "Pete the music fan" (Leicester England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Excerpts From...Groups And Sessions 65 - 74 (Audio CD)
Keith West was a one-hit wonder in the UK but closer inspection of his career shows that he deserved much more success. His first single was with the R+B group Four + 1. Both sides of that single are included here. The A-side, Time is on my side, is a cover of an Irma Thomas song (it was also covered by the Rolling stones) while the B-side, Don't let me die, is a Chuck Berry cover. After that unsuccessful single, the group's name was changed to the In Crowd (after Dobie Gray's classic song). The A-side was again a cover, this time Otis Redding's That's how strong my love is, but the B-side was an original song. After that, a line-up change brought Steve Howe (later to become a founder member of the progressive rock group, Yes) into the group. Two more singles were released by the In crowd, though only the B-sides are included here. With one more line-up change, the group became known as Tomorrow and changed its style from R+B to psychedelic rock.
Six tracks recorded as Tomorrow are included here (though sadly not My white bicycle), but even while Tomorrow was attracting interest as a group, Keith launched his career as a solo singer with Excerpt from a teenage opera, a catchy story song about Grocer Jack, a popular man who delivered bread and milk door-to-door until the day he died. A children's choir on the chorus adds to the impact of the song, which is quite upbeat for a death song. The song reached number two on the UK chart but its style of this song (pure pop) is totally different to the progressive rock of Tomorrow and it finished the group. Keith's solo follow-up, Sam, only scraped into the UK top 40. The remaining Keith West solo songs find him experimenting with a variety of sounds but he never again entered the charts.
This collection provides a fascinating insight into the ever-evolving pop and rock scene in late sixties Britain although it is not an essential purchase. If you only want Excerpt from a teenage opera, you can find it on several UK various artists sixties compilations. If you are a serious collector of sixties music and your interest is not limited by what made the charts, this is well worth listening to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 Aug 2014
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great- but wheres my white bicycle
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh to be young again with Teenage Operas, 10 Aug 2010
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Great album with a trove of memories for the lover of music. Well done Mr Wast.
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