Up Above Our Heads
Deram (U.S.) DES 18044
A very hard to find album by this trio of amazing musicians
NEVER RELEASED ON CD!
A CD of the excellent audio of the vinyl!
A quite difficult to find LP - not available on CD - However, the archived audio of the vinyl is offered here and it sounds great!
As part of the expanding UK progressive music boom in 1969, the musically competent Clouds sadly failed to capture record buyers' imagination. Billy Ritchie (keyboards), Harry Hughes (drums) and Ian Ellis (bass), made the trek to London to find fame and fortune. They had previously been members of various Scottish bands but left their homeland in November 1966 and were signed to Robert Stigwood's NEMS Group as One Two Three. They supported Jimi Hendrix at his famous Saville Theatre gig, and afterwards the Chrysalis agency signed them under their rechristened name, Clouds. They made two interesting albums (this one being the first) before they disbanded.
IMAGINE ME -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 3:19
SING, SING, SING -Louis Prima- 13:43
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 2:53
CARPENTER -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 4:28
OLD MAN -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 3:34
BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA -Crosby-Rodin-Bauduc-Haggart- 3:51
IN THE MINE -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 3:54
WAITER THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY SOUP -Ellis-Ritchie-Hughes- 7:51
BILLY RITCHIE: Hammond Organ, Piano, Guitar, Vocal and Bass Guitar on "Old Man"
IAN ELLIS*: Bass Guitar, Harmonica and Vocal
HARRY HUGHES**: Drums and Trumpet on "In The Mine"
*Later played with the Alex Harvey Band; Savoy Brown; Southside; the Steve Hackett Band; Ric Lee's Breakers; the Mick Clarke Band; Cream'd; Ray Minhinnett's Band; Atlantic Soul Machine; Jack Green; Ian Ellis' Blues Imperials.
** He originally played drums in the early "Mersey sound" band, The Beat Cats.
Strings and Brass on "Take Me To Your Leader" and
"Waiter There's Something In My Soup" arranged and conducted by David Palmer
Recorded at Morgan Studio, London
Engineers: Robin Black and Andy Johns
Produced by Terry Ellis
All songs except SING, SING, SING and BIG NOISE FROM WINNETKA are written by Clouds and published by Chrysalis Music Ltd.
Louis Prima's "Sing, Sing, Sing" later became a smash hit for Benny Goodman and remains a Swing Era classic. The immortal "Big Noise from Winnetka" also remains one of the best-known tunes from the swing era (by Gil Rodin, Bob Crosby, Bob Haggart and Ray Bauduc - The Bob Crosby Bob Cats, 1937) - later recorded (1979) by Bette Midler on her album "Thighs and Whispers"
In this album one hears many influences - there are reminiscences of, among others, The Ventures (as with Diamonds from the album Surfing; Steppenwolf (Magic Carpet Ride); the vocalese of Crabby Appleton; as well as Jethro Tull from their Stand Up period (at which time they were actually touring with Clouds under the Chrysalis Productions banner).
A Scottish trio from Edinburgh, who were originally known as 1-2-3, they'd been renamed Clouds by Terry Ellis after an early gig in a tiny South London club. They received some commercial success with the single I'll Go Girl (from the compilation You Can All Join In) which received considerable airplay. With their blend of pop and progressivism they released an album of stage favorites, Up Above Our Heads, which was only released in the USA and Canada. They toured with Jethro Tull (1970) and Free but Watercolour Days was a less satisfactory attempt to blend pop and progressivism and they split up soon afterwards. They also appeared on Island's 1970 compilation, Bumpers, singing Take Me To Your Leader.
THIS CD is FULLY EDITED from EXC-, clean vinyl.
Note: This is the CD only; unbranded with no artwork (pic here was from the cover of the LP and is for illustrative purposes here only).
The LP is not available anywhere apparently at this time - not even on GEMM!
Technically, you should be in possession of the LP to possess the CD.
Shipping $2.49 within U.S.; overseas please enquire.
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