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SPOOKY TOOTH – THE LAST PUFF – July 1970
First off I gotta say that this is one of my favorite names for a band; I always wanted to have a real band, although my “who’deverdropby house band” was a hellofalotta fun – a real band (I was a drummer) would’ve been cool and would’ve been named (at the time); “Spooky ‘n’ Bitchen” – so right off I was intrigued with Spooky Tooth.
While I wasn’t a huge fan, I certainly was of this particular album; it somehow got under my skin and I played it alot – in retrospect, I did have the “Spooky Two” and “You Broke My Heart So .. I Busted Your Jaw” albums so I guess I was a decent enough fan.
Sandwiched between the ever-present Band album “Music from Big Pink” (they covered “The Weight”) and the upcoming Elton John album “Tumbleweed Connection” (from which they covered “Son of Your Father”); “The Last Puff” album provided a perfect Rocker that had a nice connected feel to it.
Spooky Tooth certainly had the talent and what it took to make it big but like many bands just didn’t seem to be able to break-out commercially and is why they’re not mentioned in the Rock History canon – but 00individual will rectify that in a small way by acknowledging them in the
Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums category.
Spooky Tooth could Rock, for sure, and delivered solid Ballads that had their own signature style and sound and they could even take the Beatles’ “I Am The Walrus” and make it stupendously their own – but they couldn’t latch onto that elusive element that would’ve put them on the upper rungs of Rock success – it happens – to bands and individuals in every walk of life.
Apparently talent has no bearing on success because it is all about timing – timing is everything – I know that to be true in my own life and career.
So let’s shovel that “pile of philosophy” aside and take a listen to some excellent “The Last Puff” by Spooky Tooth:
“I Am The Walrus”
“The Wrong Time”
“Something To Say”
“Nobody There At All”
“Son Of Your Father”
“The Last Puff” ( a great instrumental that I cannot locate – so here’s “Evil Woman” from Spooky Two)
Spooky Tooth had a classic line-up and many went on to successful solo careers and success with other bands – and the core Spooky Tooth is apparently still performing occasional gigs!
The line-up changed several times, but typically was –
Mike Harrison (keyboards/vocals)
Greg Ridley (bass guitar/vocals)
Luther (Luke) Grosvenor (AKA Ariel Bender) (guitar/vocals)
Chris Stainton (bass guitar, piano, organ, guitar)
Mike Kellie (drums)
Gary Wright (organ/vocals)
a great band with a unique sound and terrific potential caught in the massive early 1970s creative explosion of incredible bands and incredible music – a peak time of very tough competition for
Rock ‘n’ Roll Supremacy!
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