Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Today we continue with “Melanie Blue”‘s notes in the CD insert:
” “Tiny Goddess” was released on the 12th of July 1967 and John Peel made it his Radio London “Climber of the Week” that Sunday. It entered their charts at number 39, jumping to 24 the following week – but all hope of Nirvana emulating Procol Harum’s success (the Pirates had placed “Whiter Shade Of Pale” on the No. 1 slot before the National Charts had even registered it – thus forcing the BBC to play it), soon faded.
“Nirvana had started work on their debut album in July and “Pentecost Hotel” had been pulled off as the new 45, issued with the non-LP track “Feelin’ Shattered” on the flip.
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was released soon after, the world’s first concept album, it was packaged in a suitably colourful hand-drawn sleeve, with Gered’s photo of the band on the back.
” “Pentecost Hotel” boasted a superb orchestral score, arranged and conducted by Syd Dale, combining a haunting melody with a sing-a-long chorus – perfect pop! No dice! Radio One was having non [sic] of it – although over in Europe sales were much better. The group left for a tour of France, Germany and Scandinavia, doing TV and radio as well as live appearances. Back in Britain their songwriting skills had been recognised by other artists and cover versions stated to appear. A session guitarist called Terry Slater had played Patrick’s “Finding It Rough” to the Everly Brothers and they had included it on their new album.”
More next time.