Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Orange Bicycle - Let's Take A Trip On An Orange Bicycle (1967-68)

This rather lightweight vocal harmony outfit, evolved out of Robb Storme and The Whispers. They started playing quasi-psychedelic pop music in 1967. They had a No 1 in France with their debut single Hyacinth Threads although their future singles including a cover of The Rolling Stones' Sing This All Together did not happen at home. Their album was produced by John Peel and was largely comprised of cover versions of Elton John/Bernie Taupin material such as Take Me To The Pilot, which was also released as a single. It also included Dylan's Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You and Denny Laine's Say You Don't Mind. A revitalised Morgan Bluetown label produced an album, Let's Take A Trip On... (Morgan Blue Town MBT 50003) in 1988. Containing 16 tracks in all, it includes all the Columbia 'A' and 'B' sides (except the third), but none of the later Parlophone ones. Sadly there are no sleevenotes at all to suggest where the other tracks originate from. Wilson Malone recorded a self-titled solo album as Wil Malone in 1970 for Fontana and was also in Motherlight.
(taken from "Tapestry Of Delights")

- Hyacinth Threads
- Dropping Out
- Renaissance Fair
- Sing This All Together
- Amy Peate
- So Long Marrianne
- Jenskadajka
- Soft Winds
- Laura's Garden
- Trip On An Orange Bicycle
- Competition
- L.A.
- Nicely
- Sister Sharon
- Box 49
- Lavender Girl

Robert J. Scales (vcls, gtr, bs) [AB]
Gary Hooper (lead gtr, keyb'ds) [A]
John Bachini (bs, gtr, piano) [AB]
Wilson Malone (drms, keyb's, gtr, vcls) [AB]
Bernie Lee (lead gtr) [B]
Kevin Curry (drms) [B]

Band origin:

1. (B) The Orange Bicycle (Parlophone PCS 7108) 1970

 1. (A) Hyacinth Threads/Amy Peate (Columbia DB 8259) 1967
 2. (A) Laura's Garden/Lavender Girl
    (Columbia DB 8311) 1967
 3. (A) Early Pearly Morning/Go With Goldie
    (Columbia DB 8352) 1968
 4. (A) Jenskadajka/Nicely (Columbia DB 8413) 1968
 5. (A) Sing This All Toghether/Trip On An Orange Bicycle
    (Columbia DB 8483) 1968
 6. (B) Last Cloud Home/Tonight I'll Be Staying Here
    (Parlophone R 5789) 1969
 7. (B) Carry That Weight/You Never Give Me Your Money
    (Parlophone R 5811) 1969
 8. (B) Take Me To The Pilot/It's Not My World
    (Parlophone R 5829) 1970
 9. (B) Jelly On The Bread/Make It Rain
    (Parlophone R 5854) 1970
10. (B) Goodbye Stranger/County Comforts
    (Regal Zonophone RZ 3029) 1971

Get it here (Artwork included / vinyl rip)

Listen to Amy Peate


Anonymous said...

Great Album

please can U re-up the tyrn around album on sharebee ?

merci from france ^^

Anonymous said...

totally unknown to me, but i like the write up - so think i'll see what the boys were all about. thanks for the chance to discover some of the music i missed first time around.

Anonymous said...

Very nice sixties UK pop songs.

Anonymous said...

This is one of my very favorite '60s psych albums. I highly recommend it.

Jarkka said...

This one, if my memory serves me right, includes a stereo mix of L.A. that is not available anywhere else. (The two versions of L.A. on the "Hyacinth Threads" 2CD compilation are mono.)