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ARTIST
TITLE
Edwards Hand
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
FLASH 005CD FLASH 005CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
3/10/2008

"Rod Edwards and Roger Hand formed this breezy, psychedelic pop outfit after briefly recording as The Picadilly Line. Sadly, this album never made it to a British release as their record label folded, which subsequently took their EMI deal and UK distributor contract away at precisely the wrong time. This is therefore a genuine lost UK '60s gem that received glowing reviews upon its release in the U.S. It makes its debut here on CD. Recorded on four track tape at EMI St. Johns Wood in late '68, with Geoff Emerick and George Martin during a break in the sporadic White Album sessions, you can hear the benefits from Martin and Emerick's vast experience, technical skills and orchestral arrangements. There is plenty of swinging London vibes and whimsical vocals here, as well as dreamy vocal harmonies and elaborate electric and acoustic arrangements very much of the era. The Beatles connection is obviously strong, and much of this material is reminiscent of late '60, early '70s Paul McCartney as well as Donovan -- with its chirpy, evocative lyrics, harmonies and warm arrangements -- but there is also a late Small Faces/Kinks vibe in their lyrical descriptions of old London Town. Other late '60s comparisons would certainly include Kaleidoscope (UK) and the early orchestrated material by The Strawbs. This exact limited edition reissue is housed in a reproduction of the original sleeve (featuring a sleeve note from George Martin) and packaged in a jewel case. Re-released with full consent of the producer and band."