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One Album Wonders: The Smoke's ...It's Smoke Time

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 04:00pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date from the Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

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THE SMOKE - ...IT'S SMOKE TIME (1967)


Geoff Gill, Mal Luker, Mick Rowley, Phil Peacock, and Zeke Lund formed The Shots in 1965, who released one single, "Keep A Hold Of What You've Got." A name change to The Chords Five preceded the release of "I Am Only Dreaming." After Peacock's departure, the remaining four were reborn The Smoke, and despite the family name of the departed, fell decidedly toward the peacockish end of the Mod spectrum. 

In case the single entendre of their moniker went unnoticed, they dropped a single which made drug references behind the thinnest of veils, "My Friend Jack." A bindle full of naughty singles followed including "Have Some More Tea" b/w "Victor Henry's Cool Book," and "High in a Room." Their only album, ...It's Smoke Time is a pleasant dose of Creation-like late-Mod/pop psych that characterizes what's retroactively been termed Freakbeat.  

After The Smoke cleared, Gill returned as a member of the bands Fickle Pickle and Beaver Brothers. Lund went on to work as an engineer. ...It's Smoke Time was re-released on compact disc by Air Mail Archive in 2006 and on vinyl in 2012. A compilation of all of that album plus tracks from The Shots and later recordings was released as by Sequel as High in a Room: The Smoke Anthology in 2002.






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One Album Wonders: The Modern Lovers' The Modern Lovers

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:45pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date from the Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

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MODERN LOVERS -
 THE MODERN LOVERS (1976) 

The Modern Lovers


One Album Wonders: White Noise's An Electric Storm

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:43pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

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One Album Wonders: The Tears' Here Come the Tears

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:41pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 

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THE TEARS - HERE COME THE TEARS (2005) 

One Album Wonders: Candyflip's Madstock... The Continuing Adventures of Bubblecar Fish

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 22, 2014 01:39pm | Post a Comment
Here is an additional edition of my series of great, mostly obscure, one album wonders. In the album era (roughly the mid-1960s until the mid-2000s), the album was the dominant format of recorded music expression and consumption. It seems that most musicians from that era, if able to scrape together the funds for the recording of one studio album, generally returned with at least one more.  Some, like Sun Ra, somehow released more albums than I've had hot dinners. Even most excellent bands, in my opinion, would have done well to find something other to do with their time rather than keep making records after their fifth album or twelfth year (although there is the Go-Betweens Exception). The following acts mostly date fromthe Golden Age of the LP -- and yet were unable or unwilling, in all cases, to record more than one. 
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