Poet and the One Man Band — “The Days I Most Remember”: Brace for the Obscure (60s rock)! — January 23, 2023


711) Poet and the One Man Band — “The Days I Most Remember”

Utterly magical heavy folk rock by some future musical luminaries, including guitar legend Albert Lee and two future members of Sandy Denny’s Fotheringay. The band must have been named after the line from Simon & Garfunkel’s “Homeward Bound”.

The band doesn’t get nearly the respect it deserves, even from its CD reissue label. The liner notes I got with my CD state:

Poet & the One Man Band try a bunch of approaches vaguely related to late-’60s trends in folk-rock, singer/songwriter-oriented, and psychedelic music on their sole and obscure LP. None of them are embarrassing, but none o them are noteworthy or exciting, either. . . . [S]ome of the stronger tracks are those that get into the moodiest territory, like “The Days I Most Remember,” which is a little like the circa-1967 Zombies and Moody Blues gone a bit more downbeat and gothic. . . . [but it] sure would sound better as sung by Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent of the Zombies, though . . . .

liner notes to the CD reissue of Poet and the One Man Band

What kind of marketing is that?! This is Richie Unterberger talking, though the liner notes are uncredited, since the notes are identical to Unterberger’s discussion of the album on All Music Guide (https://www.allmusic.com/album/poet-the-one-man-band-mw0000843418). Anyway, Unterberger goes on to add that it is “a fairly average psychedelic-era album with some slight resemblance to the late-period Zombies, though there’s some typical, and unmemorable, songs in a more straightforward, harder-rocking late-’60s British style.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/poet-the-one-man-band-mn0001060807)

And for some background, Unterberger notes that “Jerry Donahue and Pat Donaldson would soon move on to Fotheringay, the British folk-rock group fronted by Sandy Denny, and play on their sole album; guitarist Albert Lee, Tony Colton, Ray Smith, and Pete Gavin would form Heads, Hands & Feet.” (https://www.allmusic.com/artist/poet-the-one-man-band-mn0001060807)

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