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LP 273: Simon Park – Something In The Air (EMI, 1974)

6 Aug

Side 1
01 Funeral For A Friend
02 He’s Misstra Know It All
03 I Am The Walrus
04 Cowboy
05 7.48 Stomp

Side 2
06 Something In The Air
07 Palamino
08 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
09 Sunbird
10 Honky Tonk Women

It’s hard to believe it nowadays but Simon Park had a UK Number 1 in 1973 with Eye Level, better known as the theme from Van Der Valk (the detective show set in Amsterdam and starring Barry “Frenzy” Morse). Take a bow record public.

The follow LP was called Something In The Air and is an altogether different beast. It starts with a malevolent surge of doom-laden electronics before a pummelling cascade of moog, bass guitars and mental percussion takes over. The track is Elton John’s Funeral For A Friend. A lush antitode in the form of a sublime He’s Misstra Know It All is next – a sweet concotion indeed which contains a wholesome taste of flute.

A crazed organ psych version of I Am The Walrus comes afterwards before an odd choice – the moody and downbeat Cowboy (originally written by Randy Newman). To round off this entirely magnificent opening half Simon treats us to one of his own compositions – the epic speed lounge that is 7.48 Stomp which comes complete with epic prog breakdown halfway through.

After a decent bash at the title track it’s time for a Jack Trombey tune. Palamino’s the name – and shades of Morricone’s the game. With a pinch of deranged wah-wah classical for good measure. Another Park goodie is the brief but memorable sundown moog groove of Sunbird. On the final lap it’s another treat – a tasty and lengthy Honky Tonk Women.

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