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Friday, July 6, 2012

The Gestures - The Gestures (1964-65 us, splendid garage beat, roots 'n' roll, Sundazed release)



The Gestures were absorbed by the madness of the sixties just as they began having fun. The world teas falling apart when the energetic, brilliant youth of this fine group was just taking shape. Their music was infectious. Their live appearances a sight to behold. 

Their young drummer bad to stand in order to pump that big bass drum. Their music was inspired. And they were so young. The world passed them by on the way to Vietnam, assassinations, political treachery and Purple Haze, The world had no time far fun. The Gestures were fun. I smile just thinking about them.
by Lou Waters

The following newspaper editorial introduction, originally appeared in the Mankato Free Press, and best summarized the feelings of local Mankatoians toward their number one Musical acclamation - the Gestures: "Growing up teen in Mankato, Minnesota in the early 1960s gave us three indelible memories: Charlie Poliquin's ark, the flood, and the Gestures. 

Poliquin was the eccentric who beached a homemade houseboat on the riverbank near the Century Club and stocked up on notoriety, 25 cent tour fees and provisions for a float down the Mississippi River to the Gulf of New Orleans." 'The flood of 1965 got all the high school kids out of class to pass sandbags hand to hand in a real adventure - kids united against the elements - and in the 11th hour, the town was saved." 'The Gestures were the local Rock & Roll band that for a few shinning moments made us if not proud at least tolerant of being from Mankato. 

Minneapolis could keep the Trashmen, the Castaways, and the Underbeats... we had the Gestures and 'Run, Run, Run’.
by Tim DeMarce


Tracks
1. Hi-Heel Sneakers (T. Tucker) - 3:14
2. I'm Not Mad (D. Menten) - 2:35
3. Don't Ness Around (D. Menten) - 2:20
4. Run. Run Run (D. Menten) - 1:17
5. Things We Said Today (Lennon, McCartney) - 2:29
6. Can I Get A Witness (Holland, Dozier, Holland) - 2:58
7. Long Tall Texan (H. Strezlechi) - 2:32
8. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying (G.Marsden) - 3:21
9. It Seems To Me (D. Menten) - 2:29
10.She Cried (G. Richards, T. Daryll) - 2:17
11.When Does Linda Cry (D. Menten) - 2:19
12.Savage World (Instrumental) (D. Menten) - 2:52
13.Candlelight (D. Menten) - 2:25
14.Things We Said Today (alternate backing track) (Lennon, McCartney) - 2:32
15.I'm Not Nad  (alternate version) (D. Menten) - 2:18
16.Stand By Ne (D. Menten) - 3:21

The Gestures
*Dale Menten - Guitar, Vocals
*Gus Dewey - Guitar, Vocals
*Tom Klugherz - Bass
*Bruce Waterston - Drums

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Various Artists - Fading Yellow Vol.5 Gone Are The Days (1970-73 uk, timeless pop-sike and other delights)



Fading Yellow delves into the softer, underbelly of early 1970s British pop from 1970-1973 on Volume 5, Gone Are The Days. Vol. 5 picks up right where Vol. 4 left off with more "Timeless UK Popsike & Other Delights". If you've ever wondered what happened with the harmony and sike-pop artists like Billy Nicholls or Micky Jones And Tommy Brown (aka The State Of Micky And Tommy) between the hazy days of the 1960s and the glam and punk rock era, then Vol. 5 of Fading Yellow is a great place to dig. This is the world half way between brittle 1960s harmony pop like Harmony Grass, the early 70s singer/songwriter music of Nick Drake and the glam power of David Bowie. If bands like Almond Marzipan, Angel Pavement, or Design or singers like Abel Fletcher or Richard Barnes sound interesting, then the days gone by have returned.

Because Fading Yellow Vol. 5 delves into the 1970s, it's the most unique of the Fading Yellows that I've reviewed. And because the 1970s sound is a new beast for me to like, being only a dabbler into the British early 70s sound, I have found myself enjoying this volume quite a bit. I'm not sure how well this would stand up though for the 60s collectors or the modern rockers.

The first track by High Society called Tell Me How was written by Tony Hazzard. Tony Hazzard also wrote Ha! Ha! Said The Clown and Fox On The Run for Manfred Mann (check out The Ascent Of Mann 2-cd set for these goodies), Hello World for The Tremeloes, Listen To Me for The Hollies, and Me, The Peaceful Heart for Lulu, as well as recording his own sought after album Tony Hazzard Sings in 1969 which includes his own versions of these songs. The High Society track Tell Me How definitely has that turn of the 70s decade sound found on Tremeloes recordings from that period - sort of that hard rock meets the singer songwriter sound.

Angel Pavement have a great name - they took it from a J.B Priestly novel from 1930. Their song When Will I See June Again has a great late 60s baroque and Brit sound that was produced by Geoff Gill from the UK band The Smoke. It looks like an unreleased album called Socialising by Angel Pavement has been issued on Tenth Planet in 2003 that includes this song as well as covers of the Iveys' Maybe Tomorrow and Spirits' Water Woman. From these two songs, I'm now highly curious to hear the unearthed gems of Angel Pavement.

Mike Batt wrote the song that this whole series is named after (Fading Yellow) whch was included in Vol. 1. Well, here he is again with a Wombling like song called Wendy which has a sweet sound to it.

Summer Of Miranda by Toast has a Bryan Ferry styled warbling lead vocalist which is fitting since they later became Sailor who sound a lot like Roxy Music. This song was the b-side to the Paul Simon cover of Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall and was released in 1969. It was produced by Tony Cox but sank without a trace, so Toast changed their name to Gringo before forming Sailor.

Forever Autumn by Vigrass And Osborne (Paul Vigrass and Gary Osborne) is the original version of a tune found on the Queues album (now out of print) that featured Jeff Wayne on synthesizer. The tune later was included on Jeff Wayne's Musical Version Of The War of the Worlds on Columbia Records where it became a hit with Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues singing. Gary Osborne had previously sang lead vocals on No Way Out by The Chocolate Watchband while Paul Vigrass was later part of Quasar. This tune sounds like a theme song to some dreamy space opera.

Design released some great harmony folk pop albums including their self titled debut from 1971 and Tomorrow Is So Far Away in 1972. Minstrels Theme is from their debut and is a great example of this 1970s harmony group. They got help from the likes of Clem Cattini and Chris Spedding on backing - but it's their farout harmony vocals which help them on their originals (like this one) and their covers like their version of Strawberry Fields Forver (not included here).

I See Her Everywhere is a pensive track by The Majority One, who also appear on Vol. 4 as Majority. I See Her Everywhere combines light orchestration and thoughtful harmony vocals.

Almond Marzipan's (another great band name!) Summer Love has a Stormy groove going and was a tune also recorded by Thomas & Richard Frost.

Abel Fletcher's You Wont See Me Go sounds just like The Beatles' Blackbird. His Esmeralda track sounds like a good song but is kind of distorted here.

Come Away Melinda by Cats Eyes (a version of the Tim Rose song which was covered by the likes of Harry Belafonte, Judy Collins, The Big 3, Bobbie Gentry, Mamas & The Papas, Kenny Rankin, Barry St-John, Uriah Heep, UFO and The Weavers) is one of many songs by this prolific group from Evesham in Worcestershire.

Marvin Welsh And Farrar (Hank B. Marvin and Bruce Welch from The Shadows) released the moody Tiny Robin in the early 1970s as a b-side and album track from their second album called Second Opinion.

Having nothing to do with The Cowsills tune The Rain, The Park & Other Things - The Rain The Wind And Other Things by The Playground (who also had The Girl Behind The Smile on Vol. 4) is a soft pop delight. Trees And Things by Maxwell And Nicholson sounds a lot like Jefferson Airplane with electric keyboards. Alice by Micky Jones And Tommy Brown (aka The State Of Micky And Tommy) is an Alice in Wonderland themed song which rounds this compilation out.
by Patrick, (Gull-buy) December 28, 2004

Artists - Tracks
1. High Society - Tell Me Now - 2:46
2. Garry Benson - Holly - 3:47
3. Angel Pavement - When Will I See June Again - 4:49
4. Mike Batt - Wendy - 2:55
5. Tuesday - Sewing Machine - 3:15
6. Toast - Summer Of Miranda - 2:56
7. Sunchariot - You're Lovely - 4:01
8. Vigrass And Osborne - Forever Autumn - 2:55
9. Rock Candy - Magic Horse - 2:56
10. Gracious! - Once On A Windy Day - 4:05
11. Design - The Minstrel's Theme - 3:15
12. Majority Of One - I See Her Everywhere - 2:32
13. Almond Marzipan - Summer Love - 3:23
14. Billy Nicholls - This Song Is Green - 2:55
15. Abel Fletcher - You Won't See Me Go - 2:29
16. Cat's Eyes - Come Away Melinda - 4:14
17. Marvin, Welsh And Farrar - Tiny Robin - 2:38
18.The Playground - The Rain, The Wind And Other Things - 2:43
19.Maxwell And Nicholson - Trees And Things - 3:36
20. Micky Jones And Tommy Brown - Alice - 2:50
21. Richard Barnes - High Flyin' Electric Bird - 3:26
22. Abel Fletcher - Esmeralda - 3:04

Fading Yellow series..
1965-69  Vol.1 - Timeless Pop-Sike And Other Delights
1965-69  Fading Yellow Vol.2 US Pop Sikes
1965-69 Fading Yellow - Vol. 3
1965-69 Fading Yellow - Vol. 4

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