Buying the albums sampled on “You Can All Join In”.
Today we continue with “Melanie Blue”‘s notes in the CD insert, where she is still discussing the LP in question “All Of Us”:
“The album contained the last three 45s plus “Tiny Goddess” and 8 new tracks, which showed the new sounds and directions that Patrick and Alex were taking. “Melanie Blue” [!] was another great sweeping ballad, but “St John’s Wood Affair” fused James Bond with a pop song and the fade out features a saxophone free-forming into the distance. It signified the end of the group in a way. Alex and Patrick had already disbanded Nirvana, as all the instrumental parts were now taken by top session players and Sylvia and the rest had other careers to follow. Some of the music on “All Of Us” had required a 30 piece string section and large brass section as well as Clem Cattini on drums and Herbie Flowers on bass – a tall order for the cosy Pye studios. The sounds they concocted could not be reproduced live any more so a group was now unnecessary.
“No-one can remember why, but in July Patrick and Alex resurrected one of their earlier tracks, “Wings Of Love”. Stereo mixes were made, but it seems it was only so that the track could be issued as a 45, and in mono. It received virtually no airplay and sold poorly – making it the hardest pink Island single to find for collectors.”
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