I don’t know if this will be a regular feature, but I thought it’d be fun to post cool over-looked tunes.
This single, from Angelo & Eighteen, was released in 1972 on the RAK label. Both sides of the record were produced by Mickie Most, famous for being Donovan‘s producer (among others) in the late 1960s.
No-one seems to know much about the duo, except that they were part of this Canadian band in the late 60s. “Angelo” is Angelo Finaldi and “Eighteen” is Richard Tate. Finaldi has a MySpace page, but it appears he’s not updated it in quite a while. How they hooked up with Most and RAK, I’ve no clue. The A-side is called “Midnight Flight” and it’s a pretty cracking pop tune – funky bass, great guitar hook and sunshine-y vocal.
The B-side, however, mutates into a crazed, post-psych boogie-fest. Dig the screamed vocal and the two-note guitar phrase..it’s almost a completely different band. The tune has gained notoriety of late by being played on Jarvis Cocker’s 6Music show and name-checked by Noel Gallagher in an issue of MOJO magazine. I saw a copy of the record go for over £120.00 on eBay a few months ago.
You can hear the A-side at this blog: Pure Pop “Angelo & Eighteen” post
The B-side is here:
Marvellous stuff – shoulda been a massive hit. Amazing that it was released in 1972.