Title - Demonstration
Artist - Tony Hazzard
For those unaware, he may not be a household name, but Liverpool-born Tony Hazzard wrote many hits in the 1960s for such pop acts as the Hollies, Manfred Mann, Hermanís Hermits, Cliff Richard, Gene Pitney, and Andy Williams.
Demonstration features all except for one of the songs which appeared on his 1969 solo debut, Tony Hazzard Sings Tony Hazzard, but adds an additional pair of tracks.
Recorded between 1966-1969 at Regent Sound in London, the songs are presented in demo form, hence the title. The thirteen songs are charming, hooky, often whimsical, and feature orchestrated arrangements in the style of the period.
Hazzard comments, This current version has been remixed and remastered from the original 4-track tapes that I was lucky enough to buy before they were due to be destroyed.
All the tracks are demos. We re-recorded Fox on the Run and You Wonít Be Leaving again for the album. In addition, Tony Hicks of the Hollies recorded his lead guitar part on Listen to Me and it was edited into the demo. Otherwise, all the tracks are the original demos.
A vinyl release of Demonstration will be released later this year by Liberation Hall.
1. The Matter with You
2. You Wonít Be Leaving
3. Brown Eyed Girl
4. Ha! Ha! Said the Clown
5. How Sheís Making Out
6. Fox on the Run
7. Hello Itís Me
8. Hello World
9. Listen to Me
10. Goodnight Sweet Josephine
11. Me, the Peaceful Heart
12. Hey Mrs. Housewife
13. Fade Away Maureen
On what is a most pleasant, and enthusiastically-ambient flashback of a musical experience, it opens on the harmonious melodies of The Matter with You and the free flowing You Wonít Be Leaving and backs those up with the euphorically-charged sing-along Brown Eyed Girl (no, not that one), a vibrant Ha! Ha! Said the Clown and then comes the ebb and sway of the poptastic How Sheís Making Out, the colorful storytelling of Fox on the Run (no, again, not that one!) and the joyful Hello Itís Me.
Next up is the soaring rock balladry of Hello World and one of my own personal favorites on this set, the uplifting energy of Listen to Me, which are in turn followed by the gently rambunctious Goodnight Sweet Josephine, the album rounding out on the charming melodies of Me, the Peaceful Heart and the brightly merry Hey Mrs. Housewife, coming to a close on the pop-rock ambiance of Fade Away Maureen.
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