Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera

Some classic stuff here. The Velvet Opera's only real claim to fame may have been Led Zeppelin covering their single "Flames" live, but their amazing music lives on in this OOP reissue.
From the Beatlesesque "Mary Jane" to the powerful "Volcano" and "Mother Writes", this is essential listening for 60s music fans.
After the Velvet Opera disbanded, John Ford and Richard Hudsdon formed "The Monks" (the UK punk band, not the US/German garage outfit).
If you grab this, make SURE you play "Volcano", a single and bonus track on this disk. It smokes just about anything released at the time.

I Was Cool

1 comment:

  1. I concur:
    this is a true unknown classic!
    Hudson and Ford had a contract with A&M in the mid-seventies----released 3 lps in the US and at least one single "Burn Baby Burn". They were also in Strawbs for 3 or 4 albums during the early seventies...