LP 294: Simon Park – Venus Fly Trap (EMI, 1975)

8 Sep

Side 1
01 Venus Fly Trap
02 I Can’t Stand The Rain
03 This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us
04 Soul Sarabande
05 5.56 Boogie

Side 2
06 Tides
07 Lay Lady Lay
08 Oh, You Pretty Things
09 Remember When
10 (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me

Venus Fly Trap is Simon Park’s follow-up to Something In The Air and emerged on the EMI label during 1975.

The title track is one of four self-penned numbers. It features contrasting light / dark moog sounds with some furious percussion and organ work. 5.56 Boogie (just over four minutes long) continues this edgy vibe with an organic proto-1980s synth melody beloved of industrial documentaries. On the other hand Soul Sarabande is a gentle shimmering flute-glider that should have been used for romantic scenes in Crossroads. The dramatic keys of Tides complete this most satisfying quartet of tracks.

Other treats in store for you include a most atmospheric stab at I Can’t Stand The Rain and a suitably manic cover of killer Sparks number This Town Ain’t Big Enough For Both Of Us. Squelch! Lay Lady Lay is transformed into a drugged-up six minute odyssey of sparse electronics and fractured chords while the surprising Bowie cover is from Hunky Dory – Oh, You Pretty Things – nice violin work. I’m led to believe that library supremo Roger Webb penned Remember When – a beautiful romantic number that’s wonderfully melodic and should really have closed the LP instead of the workmanlike version of (There’s) Always Something There To Remind Me .

Comments and feedback are welcome.


7 Responses to “LP 294: Simon Park – Venus Fly Trap (EMI, 1975)”

  1. nlgbbbblth September 8, 2011 at 9:22 PM #


  2. eine September 14, 2011 at 9:35 AM #

    Thanks!! Just picked up a cheap copy as a result.

    • nlgbbbblth September 14, 2011 at 7:48 PM #

      You’re welcome! Glad I could help.

  3. Jimmy McC September 30, 2011 at 6:33 PM #

    Maybe I just can’t see for looking, but where’s the download link?

    Thanks for an interesting blog.

  4. nlgbbbblth October 1, 2011 at 12:35 PM #

    I have sent you an electric (or is it electronic) mail

    • newman October 24, 2011 at 7:40 PM #

      Can you ‘splain me too? Much thanks.

  5. nlgbbbblth November 28, 2011 at 8:24 PM #


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