Label: Air Mail Archive - AIRAC-1497 • Series: ブリティッシュ・レジェンド・コレクション - Vol.51 • Format: CD Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered Paper Sleeve • Country: Japan • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock
At the time the group consisted of a trio including Scott husband and wife team Pauline and Chris Adams and string guitarist Mannion. Released in 70, this album sank without a trace, but can still be of an interest to progheads even if it sounds quite different of their better-known Machine That Cried album. We have a relatively strange mix of west-coast folk rock CSNY-type with classic Moody Blues period intonations and some tracks come with some mellotrons, others with string arrangements.
The American tour of highlighted issues which the new lineup had with continuity and finding an appropriate audience. Fairley went on to have a career as a studio engineer and record producer, for Elvis Costello and The Bluebells among others.
Beacon sang lead on Tony Banks ' solo debut, A Curious Feeling , in and also had solo material issued. He died in Some live material and some hard to find tracks and outtakes appear on a German CD called Dischotomy with some alternate takes and rare material not found anywhere else.
Variations of that band toured sporadically throughout the s, but since the lineup has stabilised, with Andy Allan on bass, Dick Drake on drums and either George Tucker or Chris' son Robin Adams on guitar, with Pauline Adams and Graham Smith occasionally joining them in concert. In , the band released Moments of Truth , their first studio album in over 30 years, featuring twelve new Adams songs. The new material was first heard publicly at Fifestock in March and a new website stringdriventhing.
Within a week, Stratton Smith himself was in Glasgow, for a String Driven Thing showcase at the Burns' Howff pub; a week after that, the band signed with his label. Shedding Mannion around the same time, the group returned to Glasgow with a princely retainer of 20 pounds per week, to rehearse. A month later, they went back south for their first ever live shows as a "signed" band: a community hall in the town of Tunbridge Wells, where Strat had his country retreat, and the Reading Festival.
It was an audacious entry, but it worked and the group quickly set to work on its first Charisma album, to be titled -- like its independent predecessor -- String Driven Thing. Recorded in two weeks in August with producer Shel Talmy, the album landed rave reviews across the music press, with Melody Maker in particular leaping onto the group's side.
Amusingly, it later transpired that the album's distinctive gatefold sleeve, designed by Po of Hipgnosis, cost more than the actual recording sessions! How many units were sold? We recorded, mixed and mastered it in six hours at a cost of pounds sterling, and yes, we thought we had a hit, but Charisma did not put it out to the shops SOR Sale or Return , so it never charted.
I have no idea how many copies it sold. What brought you back together? Who were the other members of the band that recorded the live album? How did it feel to be back on the stage together? How did SDT and Chris become acquainted? We signed with him because he was into the music, simple as that!
The heyday of SDT live has been documented on two Ozit releases. Are these good representations of String Driven Thing concerts of that vintage? There was a special unique energy going on that it captures really well. In my view, the record company had no idea. The things that made SDT a bit odd were the very things in its favor. A link to the label for further information regarding the release follows this interview What are Chris Adams and Grahame Smith up to these days ?
My son, Robin, plays lead guitar and sings blood harmonies. Is there anything that was not addressed in this interview that our readers should know about Chris Adams, Grahame Smith, or String Driven Thing? Any final words from either of you? We made mistakes. Given, the time again, I would have stood up to the record company more, but then, hey, we are still here, and still performing!
And I must not forget the high quality songs from Chris without which none of this would have happened! Your email address will not be published. Uncategorized String Driven Thing interview January 22, String Driven Thing interview. A link to the label for further information regarding the release follows this interview. What are Chris Adams and Grahame Smith up to these days ? BongBongBeerWizards Interview.
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