Monday, July 17, 2017

Eyes Of Blue - Crossroads Of Time (1966-68 uk, great psych prog rock, 2012 extra tracks remaster)

Starting out as a soul-based band from Neath, the Eyes Of Blue gradually turned to the American West Coast sound. All of their recordings are quite collectable.

In collaboration with Quincy Jones they contributed to the 'Toy Grabbers' film score and they later appeared in the film 'Connecting Rooms'. Their albums are diverse with pop, R'n'B, jazz, classical, psychedelic and Eastern influences. The best tracks on the first one are two R'n'B Graham Bond songs (he also wrote the sleevenotes) Love Is The Law and Crossroads Of Time. It also included good versions of Love's 7 And 7 Is and The Beatles' Yesterday. Also noteworthy are their own Inspiration For A New Day and Prodigal Son, which feature some Eastern-sounding psychedelic guitar work.
by Vernon Joynson and Costas Arvanitis
1. Crossroads Of Time (Diane Stewart) - 5:01
2. Never Care - 3:20
3. I'll Be Your Friend - 3:51
4. 7+7 Is (Arthur Lee) - 2:34
5. Prodigal Son - 5:31
6. Largo (George Frideric Handel) - 3:16
7. Love Is The Law (Graham Bond) - 5:17
8. Yesterday (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) - 4:24
9. I Wonder Why - 3:16
10.World Of Emotions - 2:50
11.Inspiration For A New Day - 3:10
12.Supermarket Full Of Cans (Bonus A-side) - 2:38
13.Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart (Bonus B-side) - 2:24
14.Heart Trouble (Bonus A-side) - 2:32
All songs by Ritchie Francis except where stated

Eyes Of Blue
*Phil Ryan - Organ, Piano
*Ritchie Francis - Bass, Piano, Vocals
*John "Pugwash" Weathers - Drums, Vocals
*Raymond "Taff' Williams - Guitar
*Gary Pickford Hopkins - Vocals, Guitars
*Wyndham Rees - Vocals

Related Acts
1970  Ancient Grease - Women And Children First (2003 digipak edition)
1971  Big Sleep - Bluebell Wood (2007 remastered edition)
1971  John St. Field - Control
1972  Man - Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day (2007 remaster with extra tracks)
1974-75  Neutrons - Black Hole Star / Tales From The Blue Cocoons (2003 issue)

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