Size: 147 MB Bitrate: 256 mp3 Ripped by: ChrisGoesRock Artwork Included Source: Japan SHM-CD Remaster As the sound of 'Swinging London' evolved from the mod rock and pop scene, so did Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich (DD, D, B, M & T), which featured Dave "Dee" Harman (guitar/vocals), Trevor "Dozy" Davies (bass), John "Beaky" Diamond (rhythm guitar), Michael "Mick" Wilson (drums), and Ian "Tich" Amey (lead guitar). The quintet's third long-player, If No One Sang (1968), reflects the progression within the genre and is arguably the combo's most musically satisfying and eclectic outing. It would likewise be the final full-length platter that they would issue prior to Dee's departure in the summer of 1969. Although success in the States remained elusive, they continued to produce hits throughout England and Germany. Specifically, the nonsensical "Zabadak" and the chart-topping "Legend of Xanadu" became definitive entries in their catalog.
True to their previous hits, the songwriting team of Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley — who also managed the band — centered their material on catchy, if not somewhat quirky, melodies with highly singable choruses. However the title composition, "If No One Sang" — which bookends the effort with a pair of renderings — demonstrates DD, D, B, M & T's versatility. The dark chord progressions and solitude of the desolate acoustic guitar and solo vocal immediately suggest the more mature tenor of the material. The introspective and slightly baroque ballad "Where From, Where To?" as well as the lightly orchestrated samba-tinged cover of Tim Hardin's "If I Were a Carpenter" are other examples of the more thoughtful and reflective nature of the tunes. "Time to Take Off" is a punchy, driving waltz arrangement that propels the melodies Latin-flavored overtones. Considerably more theatrical is the overtly Mediterranean sound of the aforementioned "Legend of Xanadu," which also became a showstopper thanks to the dramatic crack of Dee's whip. If No One Sang was issued on CD with ten supplementary sides, consisting of non-LP singles, as well as Italian versions of both "Zabadak" and "Save Me," the latter of which is titled "Follemente Vivo." 01. If No-One Sang 02. Where From, Where To? 03. I've Got A Feeling 04. In A Matter Of A Movement 05. Mrs. Thursday 06. Zabadak 07. Mama, Mama 08. If I Were A Carpenter 09. The Legend Of Xanadu 10. Look At Me 11. This Tide Is Turning 12. Breakout 13. Time To Take Off 14. If No-One Sang [reprise] Bonus Tracks: 15. I'll Love You 16. Things Go Better 17. Please 18. Last Night in Soho 19. Wreck of the Antoinette, The 20. Still Life 21. Charlie Farns, Barns Has Won the Pools - (previously unreleased) 22. Castle Far - (previously unreleased) 23. Zabadak (Italian Version) 24. Follemente Vivo (Save Me) (Italian Version)
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