The record sold over three million copies worldwide, earning the RIAA certification of gold disc status. When Stephens received several requests for the New Vaudeville Band to tour and to record a full-length album, he had to put together a group, for the song had been recorded by session musicians hired only for the recording.
Mick Wilsher, on guitars, also sang occasional lead vocals. The official line-up as of late was:. Stephens was not officially part of the group, but produced and arranged their recordings, wrote or co-wrote much of the original material, and selected the cover tunes that the group played.
An initial long-playing album by this line-up was issued in late by Fontana Records , also titled Winchester Cathedral. However, the New Vaudeville Band version of the tune was issued as a single in Australia and South Africa, and became a significant chart hit in both those territories.
The albums shared 9 tracks; the US version dropped 3 tracks and added two others. Archived from the original on Retrieved Pop Chronicles.
University of North Texas Libraries. Retrieved 11 March Urban Spacemen and Wayfaring Strangers. Hal Leonard Corporation. Democratic Underground. Holiday Inn. Sadie Moonshine. I Was Lord Kitchener's Valet. William Martin.
Finchley Central. New Vaudeville Band feat: Geoff Stephens. Spotify Amazon. Diana Goodbye Geoff Stephens. New Vaudeville Band. Green Street Green Geoff Stephens. Shirl Geoff Stephens.
And yes, there are bongos on one track. With this attitude, I could review billions of songs and put them into this section. But it is due to Mittoo's focus, his Jamaican origin, the blurred, muffled sound, the album's vintage status and the fact that it features instrumentals only that it could be worth your while. This is no Reggae music that blames the existence of Babylon in everyone's heart, nor a utopian look forward to better days, but an album that is embedded in the here and now of the late 60's.
It shares a few attributes with Exotica music as mentioned above. But its lo-fi and admittedly repetitive character with minor surprises and changes of formula could please you in the end.
To my mind, Jackie Mittoo's music and renditions encapsulate many of the themes and spirits that are perceptible in Exotica music. Does this make him an Exotica artist? With these things in mind, the album is recommended and readily available on CD. Originally published on Mar. Ambient Review Archive. Vaporwave Vapor Vertebrae. Review Archive. Exotica Latest Reviews.
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