and now for the songs — October 3, 2021

175) The Bread and Beer Band — “Mellow Yellow”

Groovy cover of Donovan by Elton John’s first band.

“The album was planned for June of 1969, but cancelled, and the band put out on their own label in a handmade sleeve. . . . Reginald Dwight was enlisted by aspiring producer Tony King to join what the latter envisioned as a studio band along the lines of the great Motown sections of the past. . . . According to King . . . . only one disc, an acetate presented to Elton on his last birthday, is in existence. ‘When I played it for Elton on his birthday,’ said King, ‘I thought It would be God-awful. We were surprised to find that it was half-decent. But everybody who played on it still likes it.’”

http://allmusic-wingsofdream.blogspot.com/2008/02/bread-and-beer-band-bread-and-beer-band.html

176) The Voice — “Train to Disaster”

The UK band’s only single (‘67) – “three minutes of guitar driven mayhem” (Vernon Joynson). The song seems strangely timely:

“The world careers like a speeding train that never will return again. Its destination is coming fast. Its frantic journey is its last. . . . You feel the flames of the burning train, destruction, fire and searing pain. . . . The world is on its way, every passenger will pay if he stays on the train to disaster.”

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