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on 11 April 2011
If you are interested in sunshine pop/surf and early psychedelia, this is a must. "Tinkebell" until recently remained quite a mystery, highly praised by collectors, but almost unknown to the general audience. The band played a wide range of different music - sunshine pop/surf (influenced by Beach Boys and Four Seasons), baroque choir pieces with extraordinary vocal harmonies, restrained and not so successful ventures into psychedelia (under the influence of their close friend - John Lodge of Moody Blues), and old fashioned music-hall songs, which suited some old-timer, but were totally unfit for the pop band.
The CD is an excellent anthology which totally covers the heritage of this misfortunate and talented act : the complete "lost" album recorded for Decca + complete collection of singles (9 bonus tracks) and great leaflet with rare photos and band's history.
Although I am not a fan of sunshine pop and I do prefer hard' n heavy, I couldn't miss this CD - the temptation was too big, and the music is too good. First of all, there are real vocal harmonies - not usual nasal whining of pre-pubescent boys of British invasion - "Twenty Ten" (first released in 1968) is inspired by minor key fugue of J.-S.Bach. "Marjorine" is an accomplished responce to Joe Cocker. "In My Magic Garden" - not so successful venture into psychedelia. Earlier works are represented by "Follow Me Follow" - composed by unknown (back then) Jeff Lynne and first recorded by his own band - Back to the Story.
If it wouldn't be so confusing and mixed-up collection, it would really deserve 5 stars, but its worth every penny as it is.
"Tinkebell" started as skiffle group in Essex by two brothers Wade - Gerald and Charlie; in 1963 it was baptized "The Ricochets", and soon converted into "Tommy Bishop"s Ricochets" (with few minor achievements). In 1965 they recorded first single for Decca ("I Should Have Known" - bonus track on this CD), and in 1967 they performed as "Rush". That year they were introduced to (in)famous Don Arden* - almost illiterate self-taught Jewish ex-entertainer turned promoter - self-styled "Godfather" of show biz and one of the most unscrupulous agents. Don Arden just parted company with "Small Faces" (who soon resurfaced as "Humble Pie" - Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore), and was looking for substitute. "Tinkerbell" was put through Arden's sweatshop routine - singles, non-stop touring and gigging, and making fast bucks for the manager. Arden's understanding/knowledge of pop/rock was embryonic (thus old-fashioned variety numbers in their repertoire).
In 1968 the band released several singles and was in studio recording a full-length album for Decca. In few weeks the sessions stopped, no explanation and excuse given to the band. "Tinkerbell" was simply dropped by the label and the agent, and almost ready album never released during the lifetime of the band.
I do repeat myself, but I would have bought this CD simply because of 2-3 tracks.
* Arden was the agent for Gene Vincent and one of the first promoters of American R&R (he considered British acts as merely copycats). However he almost destroyed "Small Faces", claimed that he made "Animals" to record "House Of The Rising Sun" (a statement not corroborated either by Price or Burden), missed Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, and milked dry Electric Light Orchestra. Sharon Osbourne is his daughter. For details read: Sharon Osbourne Extreme: My Autobiography - STRONLY RECOMMENDED!
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on 8 November 2009
Legendary album, largely because of limited availability. I'm glad to have it but my life would not be much the poorer for not hearing it. Far from top grade psychedelia, but listenable enough.
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