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THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN – HOLLYWOOD DREAM – October 1970
“…Hand out the guns and ammo, we’re gonna blast our way through here,
we’ve got to get together sooner or later, because the revolution’s near,
and you know it’s right, and you know that it’s right,
we have got to get it together,we have got to get it together, now!” – from “Something in the Air”.
Here’s a terrific really quirky-cool and unique album that has always been an infectious favorite of mine and contains one of the most iconic and historic singles of the whole late ’60s and early ’70s; “Something In The Air”!
But actually every track is great and has the quality of upon repeated listenings to become more and more likable until the whole LP is a pure pleasure to hear.
In fact, when I start to review these LPs it’s amazing how some of them “come to life” as I begin to remember each track to the point that I can sing them word for word in my head, which goes to show not only how much time I spent listening to albums but how many times I’d listen to certain ones over and over again. This is one of those that really got under my skin and mainly because all of the songs are really, really good – something that Pete Townshend knew and felt as he was the main source of forming the band and getting them signed to Track records; Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp’s label; the Who’s managers.
So it’s no wonder that there are gems throughout this LP which Pete produced for his former chauffer, John “Speedy” Keen – and excepting the Dylan cover, Keen wrote all of the tracks on the album!
I particularly like the “Hollywood” tracks, “Look Around”, the epic nine minute plus “Accidents” and “Wild Country”, as well as, “The Reason”, “Open the Door, Homer” and “When I Think” and of course “Something in the Air” – which, in sum, is basically the whole LP!
THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN, a fully righteous band name, was:
JOHN “SPEEDY” KEEN –
lead vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, conga, glockenspiel, gong, maracas.
ANDY NEWMAN –
piano, organ, soprano saxophone, bass saxophone, oboe, tin whistle, glockenspiel, cor anglais, Bengali flutes, Japanese battle cymbal, hand bell, Indian finger cymbals, sleigh bells, Chinese temple block, vocals.
JIMMY McCULLOCH –
acoustic guitar, electric guitar, maracas, wood block, backing vocals –
(check out Jimmy McCulloch’s amazing guitar highlights at 16 years old from “Hollywood Dream” – before becoming lead guitar for Paul McCartney’s band, Wings.)
Pete Townshend (originally credited as Bijou Drains) – bass
- “Hollywood #1” – 3:20
- “The Reason” – 4:05
- “Open the Door, Homer” (Bob Dylan) – 3:00
- “Look Around” – 2:59
- “Accidents” – 9:40
- “Wild Country” – 4:14
- “When I Think” – 3:06
- “The Old Cornmill” – 3:58
- “I Don’t Know” – 3:44
- “Hollywood Dream” (Instrumental) (Jack McCulloch, Jimmy McCulloch) – 3:06
- “Hollywood #2” – 2:54
- “Something in the Air” – 3:54
In the historic year of 1969, one the THEE most eccentric and quirky films of all time was released, “The Magic Christian” – a cult film if there ever was one. This is the totally irreverent story of the richest man in the world, Peter Sellers, and his adopted son, Ringo Starr, and their free-spirited adventures of causally toppling the establishment’s values, morals and traditions while having a ton o’ fun. The film hosts many top stars of the day in cameos and ends with one of the most memorable and revealing scenes of then – and now, with Thunderclap Newman’s “Something In The Air” as the perfect music of accompaniment!
Getting it ready for you: The Magic Christian – “Something in the Air”
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