jueves, 19 de noviembre de 2009

The Orange Bicycle - Last Cloud Home


The Orange Bicycle (Last Cloud Home - Parlophone & Zonophone Singles, 1969 - 1971)

No vamos a detallar aquí la historia de The Orange Bicycle, de quienes es relativamente fácil encontrar información. La mayor parte de su discografía ha sido reeditada, especialmente la de su primera época en Columbia - El doble CD "Hyacinth Threads", editado por Edsel hace ya años, contiene toda su producción oficial para el sello, amén de un buen montón de material inédito. Pero sus singles en Parlophone nunca han vuelto a circular desde su edición original. Ni siquiera como canciones extra en la reedición japonesa del único LP del grupo. Y aquí es donde este "Last Cloud Home" cobra sentido.

Se ha glorificado sobradamente, y con razón, el principio de la carrera del grupo de Wilson Malone y compañía. Pero nunca ha parecido interesar demasiado el resto de la historia. Aunque, como suele suceder, ni el blanco es siempre tan blanco, ni el negro es siempre tan negro.

Es cierto que no se puede comparar la creatividad colorista de los primeros tiempos de The Orange Bicycle con sus grabaciones de 1969 y 1970. Tampoco hay porqué hacerlo. Tras un descanso a finales de 1968, un tanto desanimados por los tibios resultados de su primera serie de singles, la banda vuelve a la actividad en 1969 con algún cambio en su formación. Esta vez parecen más decididos a obtener resultados prácticos a su trabajo y, amparados por el cambio de tendencias musicales de finales de la década, dan una orientación más accesible a su música. También, más repertorio ajeno, y tan sólo tres canciones - una en los singles, y dos en el LP - del hasta ahora casi único compositor de la banda, Wil Malone, que andaba ya muy ocupado en actividades exteriores al grupo, componiendo, tocando y produciendo para otros grupos y proyectos varios.

Esta pequeña colección de singles muestra una banda de experimentados músicos, dando agridulces tiros al aire, y todavía logrando momentos memorables, como la canción que da título a esta recopilación, "Last Cloud Home" - entre las mejores del grupo - o la mágica "Make It Rain". Algunas versiónes de Elton John, entonces un perfecto desconocido, Bob Dylan o Lennon & McCartney, llevadas a terreno propio y hechas al estilo de digamos unos The Band británicos, intentaban un éxito que nunca llegó. Por cierto...¿Quien es John Dove?



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We're not going to tell here the Orange Bicycle story. It's not difficult to get some information about them. Most of their discography has already been re-released, specially the first part of it on Columbia - The "Hyacinth Threads" double CD, released by Edsel some years ago, contained all their official recordings for the label, plus a whole bunch of unreleased material. But their Parlophone singles have never ever been circulating again since their original release. Not even added as bonus tracks on the japanese re-release of the band's lone LP. And here's where this "Last Cloud Home" makes some sense.

The early recordings of the band of Wilson Malone & co. have been generously glorified, and with all merits indeed. But the rest of the story has apparently never awaken any interest. Though, as usual, nor white it's always so white, neither black it's always so black.

It's true that you cannot compare the colourful creativity of The Orange Bicycle's first times, with their 1969 and 1970 output. But also there's no need to. After some rest in late 1968, a bit discouraged by the lukewarm results of their first batch of singles, the band went back to action in 1969 with some changes in their line-up. Seeming this time more determined to have some practical effects to their work, and supported by the late 60s changes in the musical trends, they gave a more accessible approach to their music. There was more outer repertoire, and only three songs - just one on the singles, and two on the album - by the, until that moment, almost only writer in the band, Wil Malone, who was already quite busy in other activities ouside the band, writing, playing and producing for other artists and other assorted projects.

This little collection of singles shows a band of experienced and seasoned musicians, firing some sweet'n'sour shots in the air, and still achieving some memorable moments, like the song which lends its title to this collection, "Last Cloud Home" - among the best ones of the band - or the magic "Make It Rain". Some covers of Elton John, then a perfect unknown, Bob Dylan or Lennon & McCartney, all of them taken to their own realm, in a style of, say a british The Band, were trying to gain a success that never arrived. By the way... Who's John Dove?





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11 comentarios:

ge dijo...

some unheard Malone could just make my day, thanks amigo!!

frumious bandersnatch dijo...

Great idea to gather those late Orange Bicycle singles together. Thanks a lot !!

JeanBernardFrance dijo...

Many thanks for this great post of the Orange Bicycle Parlophone singles. The first Orange Bicycle's posts of 18 Rodas made me think at this important part of recordings of the group missing on cd.With the edsel 2cds,the japanese cds of Will Malone(posted on Faintly blowing)the japanese cd of the Parlophone album and the Motherlight cd I think we must have with your post the complete recordings of Will Malone.Thanks again.

ge dijo...

hi JB, i see you are another big WM fan! just to note the peculiarity of his name being Wilson, not the usual William, thence the single 'l': Wil!
His solo album is SO good

montysmusic dijo...

great post amigo keep up the great work..awish i have is to hear
Grumbleweeds - In A Teknikolor Dreem LP
has anyone a d/l for this album please
thanks phil

Anónimo dijo...

Another great compilation!

BTW I have a BBC session from The Orange Bicycle.

I'll send you the DL link.

Thanks,
Gert

Anónimo dijo...

Here is the link for the Orange Bicycle BBC session:
http://sharebee.com/3455007f

Cheers,
Gert

Sebastián Paredes dijo...

Thanks Gert for this link to The Orange at the Beeb.

Many of the bloggers will sure jump at the chance!

:-)

Anónimo dijo...

Gracias Gert

JeanBernardFrance dijo...

ge:thanks for precision.
Gert:thanks for the BBC post,great guitar on second track.

JB Sax dijo...

Muchas gracias, el cd de Edsel lo tengo, así que te agradezco enormemente que hayas puesto en "circulación" los singles para Parlophone.

Un saludo,