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Top british bands that never quiet cracked it !,
This review is from: Elastique (Audio CD)
Here is a classic album by some of Britains tastiest players who have somehow been overlooked by the general public, Or /And the powers that be in the record industry. For those of you in the dark about the practices of aforementioned Company policy on who does and who dosn't make the grade in the music business, you'll be best off remaining in the dark.I digress, and apologise for my rambling,which when you get to my age is not an option. STRETCH.........What a band! these guys could blow anybody off the stage with their sheer dynamic, slick and rootsy Folk/Blues and Rock n' Roll. A truly international Band, Irish Drummer, Japanese Guitarist, Spanish Bassist, And the two principle members being Londoners. Formed from the remnants of the defunct 'Bogus Fleetwood Mac' The hit single from 'Elastique' was a poke at Mick Fleetwood for letting the boys down by not turning up for the pre - arranged American Tour of 74. Instead,running off to Africa after finding out his old lady had been cheating on him with the Guitarist in the previous incantation of the 'Mac' 'Why did you do it ' Was a rhetorical lyric insomuch as ever getting an answer from Fleetwood was highly unlikely. Now that you know the History of that song, remember you heard it here first. Elmer Gantry (vox) is a true original of the British Blues /folk scene and why on earth he aint a huge star on the international circuit I for one will never fathom. Formally with Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera who had a smash hit in the late sixties with the Monster single 'Flames' But sadly did not follow it up due to management wrangles, band arguments and general apathy which so often sets in when bands are left to their own devices! If you music lovers out there want a Aural experience and a lesson in How - to -do- it- right, even if it dont get you where your going, then you could do far worse than purchasing this album for your retro collection. Having said that, this record sounds as fresh today as it did back in the dark days of 70s London. Recommended trax. 'Down home', Buzzfly, Navy Blues, and the undeniably Funky 'Why did you do it'. Buy it now ++++++ P.S.The bassist Paul Martinez,on this record went onto play with all manner of names and Faces, not least Led Zeppelin, Phil Collins,Peter Gabriel, and Eric Clapton to name a few........
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Initial post: 31 Aug 2008 20:04:15 BDT
G. G. Saunders says:
Hey Frank, you know your sh#t when it comes to music and Mac history. But I read all about the bogus Mac and Stretch a few years ago, still good input. GG
Posted on 5 Apr 2011 15:32:24 BDT
des teovski says:
I have an old tape with two tracks by Stretch on John Peel.I don't know their titles so I don't know if they're on this cd.The ones I'm after had lyrics something like this
he's found out the way life is
and it's only time before it happens to you
I hope t's not too late for you.
spend my time and spend my money
fancy girls take advantage of me
Hold up the light
see what's happening to ya
Does this sound familiar?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2011 19:31:55 BDT
These are 'The Way Life Is' and "Hold Up The Light', both tracks from the album 'You Can't Beat Your Brain For Entertainment', also available here on Amazon. Great album, great band.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2011 19:54:26 BDT
des teovski says:
fantastic to get a reply after all this time!
I did eventually find out from some lyrics site on the web- but I do appreciate your reply.
Another track that i Searched for for years had these lyrics
"Over Forty Pointed People
In the Perfect Pointed Steeple"
If you know it without trawling the web I would say your musical taste and memory are second to n one.
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