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Some great songs here - well worth a listen,
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This review is from: Elusive Butterfly: the Complete 1966 Jack Nitzsche Sessions (Audio CD)
In terms of the UK charts Bob Lind's flowering was brief but memorable. "Elusive Butterfly" is a great song and Lind's best-known chart appearance stands out as one of the highlights of 1966, with its soaring strings and poignant delivery. Alas its success was diluted by a cover from Val Doonican, but both made the UK top five. The follow-up "Remember the Rain" was a lesser hit, and the only other UK single I recall from the time was "San Francisco Woman" before Lind seemed to disappear.
His brief commercial success as a recording artist was due to a great extent to his partnership with producer Jack Nitzsche, whose influence comes through on every track here. The orchestrations, based on strings, strumming guitars and gentle percussion, never overpower the songs - Spector this isn't - and complement the vocals perfectly. The thing that stands out here from the singing is the absolute clarity of diction so that every word can be heard and the listener can fully appreciate the imagery of the songs.
This CD contains both Lind's LPs (which include all the singles) plus three bonus tracks - two demos and an unedited version of one track. There are two types of songs - the gentle poetic ones and those which are more social comment or 'stories'. Some are a little bland and a few sound rather dated, but the best are great and stand up well today - in addition to "Elusive Butterfly" several others will be known through their cover versions, including "Mr Zero" (Keith Relf) and "Cheryl's Goin' Home" (Adam Faith and Cher). This is a welcome release, well worth a listen.