Title - 'Blue Mink - The Singles Collection'
Artist - Blue Mink
Blue Mink was a colorful British five-piece pop group, that existed from 1969 to 1974. Roger Coulam was the expert organist who actually formed the band in the autumn of 1969, along with the incredible vocal tones of the lovely, and oh so sexy Madeline Bell (vocalist), Roger Cook (vocalist), Herbie Flowers (bassist), and the late Barry Morgan on drums.
This new Blue Mink 'The Singles Collection' CD is a 17 track round up of every A side issued by the multi talented band. The "mix it all in" 'Melting Pot' was released as Blue Mink's debut single (UK No.3), and the first single on this hits collection (FYI - the second verse controversially includes the slang term Chinkies, which was seemingly OK to use back then!) Next up is 'Good Morning Freedom' (inclusive of the infectious line "A Bee Bow Bow B'B Buppa Bow!" - UK No.10), 'Our World,' 'Time For Winning,' and then 'The Banner Man' (basically one long oompah-pa-pa-pah song - UK No.3), 'Sunday' and 'Count Me In.'
Next up is the island-flavored 'Wacky Wacky Wacky' (complete with tuba backbone throughout - also, I implore you to locate their live video performance of this on YouTube whilst on the UK music show TOTP from 1972!), 'Stay With Me' (a song whose intro'd bass line was both piano and bass guitar in perfect unison - UK No.11), the true classic 'By The Devil (I Was Tempted)' (UK No.26), and then 'Randy.'
As glam rock elbowed Blue Mink's brand of light-hearted pop out of the way, next up is 'Quackers' (from their final album), and then 'Get Up,' 'Another Without You Day,' 'You’re The One,' 'Five Minute Wonder' and lastly 'Where Were You Today' - which was used as the soundtrack to the UK chain store C&A’s television adverts!
The booklet contains exquisitely-detailed liner notes by guitarist Mick Rossi with clippings and memorabilia culled from the bands early days.
Throughout Blue Mink's career, the individual members maintained their high profile session careers, but their main success came as this musical unit. Indeed, come 1974 Blue Mink released their last album, Fruity, but it didn't do anything - and the band broke up that fall, following one final American tour.
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