Phonolog Reports – New Releases
Week of May 31, 1971
Caught my eye:
BONZO DOG BAND – The Beast Of The Bonzoes (U.A. UAS-5517)
SOFT MACHINE – Fourth (Columbia C 30754) (LP)
McGUINNESS–FLINT – Happy Birthday Ruthie Baby (Capitol ST-794) (CD)
AL KOOPER – New York City (You’re A Woman) (Columbia KC-30506) (LP / CD)
A Bonzo Dog Band best of for the US market, presumably at the time they broke up (?) – I own a UK version, released before this one; the final Soft Machine release with Mr. Robert Wyatt; Ex-Manfred Mann men in McGuinness-Flint (and a great single of the same name); Al Kooper’s solo career continues – I was no longer paying attention to him in 1971 – but I like him just fine in 2011.
Also of interest:
WEATHER REPORT – self-titled (Columbia C 30661)
PERCY FAITH – Theme From “A Summer Place” (Harmony KH-30607) re-issue
PETE JOLLY – Seasons (A&M SP-3033)
‘Fusion jazz’ from Weather Report, unknown in 1971; EZ hit re-issue from Percy Faith, with his early 60’s hit; “Easy Jazz” from A&M jazz pianist guy Pete Jolly.
DEEP PURPLE – Strange Kind Of Woman b/w I’m Alone (Warner 7493)
FIVE MAN ELECTRICAL BAND – Signs b/w Hello Melinda (Lionel 3213)
FREE – I’ll Be Creepin’ b/w Mr. Big (A&M 1266)
VELVET UNDERGROUND – Oh Sweet Nuthin’ b/w Who Loves The Sun (Cotillion 44107)
A good Deep Purple single, but definitely not a hit in the US; decent AM radio hit with FMEB “Signs” (sounds a bit like John Lennon, eh?); A Free single that isn’t “All Right Now”; the final vinyl 45 for VU?
This release schedule almost seems like they’re ‘holding off’ for summer to arrive, doesn’t it? No big releases this week.