Groovy Kind Of Love
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2010 two CD collection that gathers together the recorded output of '60s Pop band The Mindbenders as fronted by Eric Stewart following the departure from the band of Wayne Fontana. Comprising of two LPs, six EPs and 10 singles, this double disc set includes the big hits 'A Groovy Kind of Love', 'Can't Live with You', 'Ashes to Ashes' and 'The Letter'. This collection offers the listener the opportunity to hear their own well crafted heavier b-sides, and their totally in-tune-with-the-times tracks using wah-wah, phasing, off-beat drumming, lilting background vocals, and Psychedelic sitar like solos. Presents fascinating early collaborations between future 10CC'ers Eric Stewart and Graham Gouldman as the latter chipped in with song writing and production assistance during 1967. 38 tracks. RPM.
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Nevertheless, the band featuring originals by Stewart and Lang (and, later, Graham Gouldman who later founded 10cc with Stewart and wrote "For Your Love" and "Heart Full of Soul" for The Yardbirds)soldiered on recording two albums and single A and B sides.
The first album is a hodge lodge of originals and covers not uncommon for a "new" band in the 1960's but the real gems here are the original songs and singles by the band on the second disc (hence the 4 star rating). Although both albums are inconsistent the originals hinted at a potential never quite realized.
This collection takes everything that The Mindbenders recorded from the beginning until the quiet end when Stewart decided to disband the group. The remastering here is decent although a bit loud (those sensitive to compression may want to steer clear as this collection is somewhat compressed) and the presentation includes a booklet with comments from Stewart about the band's recording success and, later, failure to chart big.
The last 10 tracks on CD two are in mono (I'm assuming that there were no stereo mixes made of these tracks)
Stewart began to blossom both as a songwriter and guitar player on these albums.
This set will be of interest to fans of 60's rock and fans of 10cc.
Wayne Fontana and The Mindbenders were one of the top selling groups of the British Invasion until 1965 when singer Wayne Fontana left the band in the most abrupt way possible – quitting mid-concert. In that concert, and thereafter, guitarist Eric Stewart took over on vocals, and the band continued as a trio. They still produced some solid pop songs, and even scored a few more hits – most notably the oldies radio staple “A Groovy Kind Of Love” – but by the end of 1966 the UK music scene was rapidly moving towards psychedelia, and The Mindbenders were left behind in the dust. As this two disc compilation illustrates, the band stubbornly held on to their conservative British Invasion sound for way too long and even went back to doing covers of popular material (“Shotgun”, “Cool Jerk” and “The Letter”) which put them completely at odds with the cutting edge music of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix…etc. It wasn’t until 1968 that the winds of change finally made their way into The Mindbenders’ camp, and they experimented with flower power and psychedelic sounds; but with mixed results. “Yellow Brick Road” was a strong Move-like number, but “Uncle Joe The Ice Cream Man” and “Blessed Are The Lonely” were mindless treacle. Realizing that another pop hit was not in the cards for them, they disbanded in 1968.