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5.0 out of 5 stars An Under-rated Classic!
This is a bit of sleeping classic - and one that'll sneak up on you without your realizing it! First up for anyone expecting the type of stuff Jools did with Brian Auger and the Trinity - then this may not be for you! However for anybody else if you want to hear Julie Driscoll beginning to creatively flex - then read on.
The album was recorded as its title suggests...
Published 21 months ago by Mr. B. J. Weatherup

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1.0 out of 5 stars Julie Driscoll 1969
Julie Driscoll 1969 is very disappointing. Grossly overpriced. A weak out of tune bellyache. Music poorly cobbled together both vocally and instrumentally.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Under-rated Classic!, 24 Feb 2013
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Mr. B. J. Weatherup (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1969 (Audio CD)
This is a bit of sleeping classic - and one that'll sneak up on you without your realizing it! First up for anyone expecting the type of stuff Jools did with Brian Auger and the Trinity - then this may not be for you! However for anybody else if you want to hear Julie Driscoll beginning to creatively flex - then read on.
The album was recorded as its title suggests in 1969 - but with the usual record label type stuff (mainly manager Giorgio Gomelsky's label Marmalade folding) meant that it did get released until 2 years later in 1971. Music-wise the subjects are freedom and the chances to do stuff for yourself. Which in personal and creative terms for Jools meant writing and playing her own material and to escape from the shadow and expectations of the massive hit that was 'This Wheel's On Fire'- that's her on acoustic guitar - alongside soon-to-be husband Keith Tippett, plus Blossom Toes providing the backing on a number of tracks. The highlight of the album for me has to be "The Choice", although it's run a close second by the opener "A New Awakening", "Break Out" and "Walk Down". In fact the whole thing's rather brilliant. And it's from this I've got back to listening and appreciating the stuff she did with Brian Auger and the Trinity a whole lot more.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cracker, 31 Oct 2011
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J. Bodicoat "Digger" (Manchester) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 1969 (Audio CD)
A few months ago I knew nothing of Julie other than her hit with Brian Auger & The Trinity. Then I found 2 more tracks on a Polydor sampler CD, which encouraged me to seek out more. Jools toured constantly with Steampacket and then Brian for 4 years and tired of time on the road and the need to live up to the big hit. She went solo in 1969 and recorded this album the same year, but due to contractual issues it wasn't released until 1971. There is nothing of the photogenic and beautiful Ms D on the album sleeve, which is plain and probably intentional as she sought to escape from the limelight. There is one small photo on the back next to the track titles, and a shot of the BA combo in the sleeve notes.

Onto the music and all songs are written by Jools and are miles away from the jazzy organ-based stuff done with Brian. If you're expecting more Hammond expertise and soul/jazz as in the 2 albums with that combo then this isn't for you. Instead there are 8 brilliant tracks, all fronted by Jools and demonstrating her full vocal range to the limit. She also plays a fair acoustic guitar, heavily featured on tracks 1, 5, 6 and 8. Brass backing is included on a few songs, along with some nice guitar work from Chris Spedding on track 1 and Jim Creegan on track 4. Also there's some brilliant oboe work by Karl Jenkins on track 3.

There's not a duff track amongst them, and the theme of breaking away from Auger and setting off in her own direction features heavily in several songs, such as A New Awakening, Leaving It All Behind and Break Out. All songs are well structured, meaningfully worded and 4 mins or more. The longest, The Choice, at 6 mins is one of the best with beautiful flute backing from Bob Downes. Lullaby displays A softer side to Jools' voice whilst Break Out extends the full range of her vocal talents. The latter includes an incredible point 3 parts the way through it where she reaches the highest note in her range and without pause drops it steadily through the scales over a couple of seconds. Not a flaw or break to be heard.

Finally the packaging is good with the front cover opening into a 12 page booklet which includes all lyrics, the musicians as they appear on each track and an extended, excellent set of notes by Sid Smith which include input from Julie herself during an interview.

All in all, very impressed with this. It's an album of beautiful and well-performed songs, and I have already ordered her follow up CD, Sunset Glow, and a re-union set with Auger from 1977 entitled Encore. Obviously she was very underrated at the time and disappeared from most people's radar. I wasn't aware of her solo works, but I can fully recommend this.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JULIES BEST ALBUM, 3 Mar 2013
This review is from: 1969 (Audio CD)
THIS CD IS FANTASIC AS A TEENAGER I HAD JULIES POSTERS UP IN MY BEDROOM NOW 45 YRS LATER I STILL LOVE THIS ALBUM THE LATE SIXTIES WERE GD YEARS FOR JULIE SHE WAS ONE OF 68S WOMAN OF THE WORLD HER ANTIQUE CLOTHING WERE CURIOUS TO A TEENAGE BOY AND HER STRANGE DANCE MOVES WERE GREAT I RECOMMEND THIS ALBUM
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1.0 out of 5 stars Julie Driscoll 1969, 7 Nov 2012
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Julie Driscoll 1969 is very disappointing. Grossly overpriced. A weak out of tune bellyache. Music poorly cobbled together both vocally and instrumentally.
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