Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Jeff St John's Copperwine - 1971 - Joint Effort

Jeff St John's Copperwine
Joint Effort

01. Cloud Nine 6:22
02. Sing a Simple Song 4:25
03. Fanciful Flights of Mind 3:23
04. Any Orange Night 7:26
05. You Don't Have to Listen 5:00
06. I've Been Treated Wrong 3:09
07. Days to Come 4:10
08. Reach Out 5:22
09. Can't Find My Way Home 4:19
10. Train 2:18
11. I Remember 5:54
12. Environment in 3 Parts
 a. At the Party Mrs. Prothero
 b. How Many People
 c. Highway

Harry Brus - Bass
Ross East - Guitar, Vocals
Johnny Green - Guitar
Barry Kelly - Piano, Clarinet
Wendy Saddington - Vocals
Jeff St. John - Vocals
Peter Figures - Drums
Alan Ingham - Bass
Phil Wooding - Guitar

Copperwine was a Sydney-based band, who played between 1969-72. Two of their songs, ‘Freedom Blues’ and ‘Teach Me How To Fly’ can also be heard on ‘Great Hits From Australia's Great Stars’; ‘Keep On Growing’ has re-emerged on ‘12x12’, and ‘Cloud Nine’ has resurfaced on ‘So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star’ (3-CD).

‘Joint Effort’ is a psychedelic/progressive crossover album with some soul influences. It includes a surging, organ-based cover of The Temptations' ‘Cloud Nine’ and competent versions of Sly and The Family Stone's ‘Sing A Simple Song’ and Blind Faith's ‘Can't Find My Way Home’. There's lots of good self-penned material too; a long instrumental ‘Any Orange Night’, the fragile psychedelic-tinged 'Fanciful Flights Of Mind' and 'Days To Come'. A worthwhile album.

'Cloud Nine' and 'Days To Come' were culled for ? 45 release, but surprisingly failed to chart. This situation was corrected by the follow-up, a cover of The Rotary Connection hit 'Teach Me How To Fly'. This brought them a significant hit and had a good flip side too in the soul-influenced 'Freedom Blues'. The band toured relentlessly during 1971 and appeared live with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. They also released another good single, the delicate ‘Hummingbird’. By late 1971, friction had emerged between Jeff St. John and Copperwine. He left them early in 1972 to form his own band and pursue a solo career. Alan Ingham had earlier played with Glen Ingram and The Hi-Five.

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