on 14 October 2011
Ice's reputation hangs on two classic songs: the title track and Anniversary (of Love). These are certainly forgotten 60s classics, though both are available on psych collections. The rest, however, is mediocre to say the least. It's true the singer had a pleasingly light, clear voice - somewhat akin to Colin Blunstone - and there's occasionally some nice fluid guitar. But the songs don't really merit much attention for 60s psych lovers.
The CD contains all their recorded output, which consists of six offical tracks and plenty of bonus tracks. One's a rather dull cover of Day Tripper. Some stray into a sort of pop/soul area, while one or two sound like demos that might have been developed into something interesting had the support been there. A few sound like demos for Englebert that he sensibly rejected. One or two are pretty poor. Mostly it's pleasantly sung 60s pop. A compilation put together with some care, it's true, but not really much substance.
In a nutshell, if you've got their two classic songs - and you probably have or you wouldn't be reading this - you have all the Ice you need.
This first comment I have to make is that the lead singer, Glyn James, has the richest, fruitiest voice of any singer from the Sixties. Ice were the fore runners to jazz outfit 'Affinity' and featured Grant Serpell (Sailor) and bassist Mo Foster in their line-up. They cut numerous singles and recorded for radio but never hit the big time. This lovely and caringly compiled album pulls together all of their recordings and lost sessions, which includes some great original songs as well as a smattering of covers. Excellent sleeve notes from Glyn. A great little band who deserved better.