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  • Ron Savage: Freewheelin'

    Picked this 1974 Polydor LP up at the weekend, vaguely recognising it from someone's chart or a thread or something, and it's quite peculiar stuff: parping trumpets, proggy synths and structures, loads of original tunes like 'Square Dance On Mars' (like a JJ Perrey tune done without a moog), 'Space Love/Lunar Landing' (starts of slow, gets quite fusion-funky towards the end), 'Enoch Balsavage's Triumphant Return To Poland' (sort of weirding up of a Tchaikovsky tune), 'Starship', 'Jazzelujah', 'Barnum & Gumbo', 'Sunwheel Dance' and the like.

    Very strange record all round, probably more 'interesting' than listenable at times, but does anyone know anything about it? Sounds like something where the players skirt being really good often enough to hint that there might be other, more consistent efforts out there...

    Sleevenotes say Savage is a Philadelphia based trumpeter, and the line-up is Ron Moss (bass/trombone), Tom Armistead (electric piano), Dave Haskins (drums) and Graham Todd (arranger/producer)...
    a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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    Yeah Wayne, it was in one of my charts ages ago - had to include it for the strange funkiness of "Space Love / Lunar Landing".

    ... as for info regarding the players... not a clue
    If you're looking for a pristine copy then this isn't the one for you. The vinyl looks like someone has polished their brickwork with it and the label has been ruined by some fool with a pen.

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    • #3
      Graham Todd was (and probably still is) a British session organist, who also did some stuff for de Wolfe in the 80s (and a bit of test card music called 'Arp Bach', which I'm after a copy of, by the way&#33

      He was also the man behind the charity shop staple 'Graham Todd's Harmonising Hammond' on Warwick, which has one pretty decent medley on it. I've got a spare, you know..........

      'Freewheelin' is an odd LP - I tend to give it an occasional spin, think 'Wow, this is really good, why don't I listen to it more often?', then put it away for ages again. I like it, but I should play it more than I do. If that makes sense.

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      • #4
        Thanks, Sie, for letting me know I wasn't going mad...knew I'd heard of it somewhere when I picked it up!

        Agree with Lord Thames, though, that while it's on you're thinking 'all the right elements are here - I should really be getting into this', but somehow it just doesn't have the 'ingredient x' that fulfils the potential...

        Funny how that works, isn't it?
        a giant steam-powered turntable in warwickshire plays six foot cement recordings of Prince Albert's speeches to the rejoicing populace

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        • #5
          I got this record sleeve on Saturday. Looked desperately around for the vinyl in amongest the rest of the stuff but no joy (the only recordless sleeve!). Hadn't heard of it before but with tracks like Space Love and Lunar Landing I was guessing it had some merits and the above just confirms that

          Anymore people picked this up in the years since Wayne's post?
          "Don't get involved in the f**kin' chat pages. It's just full of arseholes talkin' sh*te non-stop"

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Campag Record View Post
            Anymore people picked this up in the years since Wayne's post?
            I couldn't tell you if I've even seen my copy since this thread was started!

            (slopes off to google images for memory jogger...)
            If you're looking for a pristine copy then this isn't the one for you. The vinyl looks like someone has polished their brickwork with it and the label has been ruined by some fool with a pen.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Campag Record View Post
              I got this record sleeve on Saturday. Looked desperately around for the vinyl in amongest the rest of the stuff but no joy (the only recordless sleeve!). Hadn't heard of it before but with tracks like Space Love and Lunar Landing I was guessing it had some merits and the above just confirms that

              Anymore people picked this up in the years since Wayne's post?
              Interesting in parts - never quite hits the mark IMO (there's a copy in my outpile) bit like the America Bellotto and Albert Hall LP's
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              • #8
                Originally posted by TOWNY View Post
                Interesting in parts - never quite hits the mark IMO (there's a copy in my outpile) bit like the America Bellotto and Albert Hall LP's
                With anyone else that would mean it was shit but with your outpile...well, you know

                Could be interested in that one mate....although if it's more fusion than funk I might struggle.

                Originally posted by Sie Vulture View Post
                I couldn't tell you if I've even seen my copy since this thread was started!

                (slopes off to google images for memory jogger...)
                Foxy chick in a field with a parasol Sie.
                Last edited by Campag Record; 10-02-2009, 11:03 AM.
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                • #9
                  Just picked up a copy..... I think it is excellent!! Weird, bonkers and cheesy - yes. But being virtually all self-penned tracks rather than covers makes it a unique experience. Favourite tracks are: Jazzelujah, Barnum & Gumbo (great wah-wah action), Sunwheel (drums and prog) and the chilled out spacey Starship and Lunar Landing.

                  It will get a play out at the next Brillo for sure

                  Last edited by pitch; 05-05-2010, 08:22 PM.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by pitch View Post
                    Just picked up a copy..... I think it is excellent!! Weird, bonkers and cheesy - yes. But being virtually all self-penned tracks rather than covers makes it a unique experience. Favourite tracks are: Jazzelujah, Barnum & Gumbo (great wah-wah action), Sunwheel (drums and prog) and the chilled out spacey Starship and Lunar Landing.

                    It will get a play out at the next Brillo for sure

                    Just picked one up from Ebay Uk on your recommednation Steve, hope I like it now!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by llmod1 View Post
                      Just picked one up from Ebay Uk on your recommednation Steve, hope I like it now!
                      Depends on your cheese threshold Mark...... I wouldn't be surprised if it goes either way
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by pitch View Post
                        It will get a play out at the next Brillo for sure
                        Is that a promise

                        Sounds interesting anyway
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                        • #13
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                          • #14
                            wow!

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