Cult classic from Del Shannon finally released again on vinyl after a wait of 44 years. While audience at the time perhaps didn’t gel with the chap’s sound, but thankfully we can. Featuring tracks including "Silver Birch" and "Colour Flashing Hair", as well as the must-hear Animals-esque track "Runnin' On Back." On Trouble In Mind.
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Del Shannon had a torrid time in the late ‘60’s. His classic ‘Home and Away’ album didn’t ever get released (why? It’s impossible to say though it did finally surface in the late ‘70’s) while ‘The Further Adventures of Charles Westover’ though deemed releasable sank without a trace.
It’s a strong album of typically adventurous late 60’s pop and the fact that it sits in the second tier behind such adventurers like The Beatles, The Beach Boys and Love shouldn’t put you off. It blasts out of the box with a couple of steady of-the-era rockers but the magic really begins on the baroque stylings of The Zombies-ish 'Silver Birch'. ‘River Cool’ is not unlike some of Love’s post ‘Forever Changes’ efforts (‘Out There’ for example) with an insouciance that is charming. ‘Colour Flashing Hair’ is prime example of ‘60’s balladry and not far away from the Bee Gees similarly grandiose efforts. Shannon has a lovely breathy voice that recalls The Zombies Colin Blunstone and when it is combined with baroque strings on ‘Gemini’ the combination is lovely. ‘Magical Musical Box’ in fact could have been snatched from the B side of ‘Odyssey and Oracle’.
There are some rockers I could do without such as the closing ‘New Orleans’ but I suspect that this is more due to personal taste rather than quality. Shannon died in 1990 of a self inflicted gunshot wound following a long battle with depression and alcoholism. He must have despaired when this record was ignored.
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