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LP 278: David Snell – Harp Transplant (Pye, 1971)

13 Aug

Side 1
01 (They Long To Be) Close To You
02 Do You Know They Way To San José?
03 This Guy’s In Love With You
04 Both Sides Now
05 Witchita Lineman
06 Call Me

Side 2
07 Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik
08 Invention In A Minor
09 Fur Elise
10 Gavotte In G Minor (from the English Suite)
11 Praeludium
12 Trumpet Voluntary

Vinyl Vulture called Harp Transplant ‘a great Sunday morning record’. It’s a pretty accurate description for what turns out to be a calming and relaxing LP with the occasional funky moment.

It’s a neat game of two halves – pop versus classical. We start with three Bacharach tunes – (They Long To Be) Close To You being the pick of the trio. A chilled take on Joni Mitchell’s Both Sides Now fits well alongside a serene Witchita Lineman before there’s some grooviness in Tony Hatch’s Call Me.

The classical material is of a high standard. Eine Kleine Nachtsmusik plucks the strings with vitality while the concise Invention In A Minor works well as a burst of concentrated urgency. The LP concludes with the fresh optimistic bop of Trumpet Voluntary which we used in our wedding ceremony back in 2002.

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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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