10-18-12 Capability Brown
I last dedicated a blog to British 70’s band Capability Brown in May of 2003. Since then, both albums have re-issued on CD in Japan! That’s right, “From Scratch” made it’s CD debut! And I have discovered a 45 that I never knew about / never heard: “Midnight Cruiser” b/w “Silent Sounds” (Charisma UK 45 CB 207 – the version I have is “Midnight Cruiser” on both sides, a promo-only copy). So, one more Capability Brown song to go, for me!
Before this set of musicians were Capability Brown, they were in a band called Harmony Grass – on RCA Records in England. I believe there’s an RPM label CD of their entire recorded output, but I have yet to buy a copy. I have one Harmony Grass 45, “I Remember” b/w “Summer Dreaming” (RCA NZ 45 60489, 1969?).
And after their two Charisma albums, “From Scratch” (Charisma UK LP CAS 1056, 1972) and “Voice” (Charisma UK LP CAS 1068, 1973), there is a “Best Of” called “Liar” (Charisma UK LP CS 5, 1976), with no ‘new’ material. Both of their albums got released in the US (Charisma via Buddah for “From Scratch” and Passport Records for “Voice”).
For those who care, after Capability Brown…several of the musicians went to a band called Krazy Kat on Mountain Records (same label as the Sensational Alex Harvey Band!), with two albums “China Seas” (Mountain UK LP TOPC 5004, 1977) and “Troubled Air” (Mountain UK LP TOPC 5009, 1977). With no US issue for these two.
Somehow, via their connection with Buddah Records in the US (via Charisma), Capability Brown were the backing band on the Risa Potters LP “Take Me Away” (Buddah US LP BDS 5115, 1972).
Band member Kenny Rowe had a solo 45 on Charisma UK, but…I haven’t been able to track down any other of the members; not even using “Rock Record”, the mighty UK music / musician book!
I recommend Capability Brown “From Scratch” and Capability Brown “Voice” – you should be able to find at very least US pressings for no more than $3 – $5, with a little bit of looking. British pop music of a very high order; good for fans of Queen, The Beatles etc. Do you like 4 (or 5) part harmonies? Look no further.