BLONDE ON BLONDE - Discography
Blonde on Blonde was a guitar-led psychedelic rock group from South Wales. The band was originally formed in Newport in 1967 by vocalist/guitarist Ralph Patel, drummer Les Hicks, bassist/organist Richard Hopkins and guitarist/sitar player Gareth Johnson. The band was named after Bob Dylan's 1966 album of the same name. They disbanded in early 1972. Even though they enjoyed strong reviews from music critics and achieved massive exposure playing before gigantic crowds at the 1969 Isle of Wight festival (coincidently headlined by Dylan), they never managed to generate much in the way of sales. In 1968 the quartet left Wales for London. Playing clubs such as London's Middle Earth generated publicity for the band, and Pye Records eventually signed the band. Contrasts, released in 1969 and produced by Barry Murray, has been described as progressive. The album included the Robin Williamson covers "No Sleep Blues" and "I Need My Friend". A personal favorite was Patel's hysterical "Conversationally Making The Grade". Also included was a cover of The Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby". 1970's Rebirth was released in the wake of a heavy touring schedule and a massive personnel upheaval that saw singer/guitarist Ralph Patel replaced by school friend David Thomas. (For some reason bassist Hopkins was also credited as 'Richard John'.) Thomas' introduction gave the band a tougher, rock-oriented sound. Their sophomore album was varied, including Moody Blues-styled ballads ("Castles In The Sky"), progressive romps ("You'll Never Know Me/Release") and fuzz-propelled rockers ("November"). Their final album Reflections On A Life was released by Ember Records in 1971 to critical indifference, achieving only modest commercial success. This could be partly attributed to the somewhat controversial content for the times, for example the eulogy to the joys of incest, "I don't care" whose lyrics included the lines: "makin' love with your flesh and blood, every night, some say it's evil, but I say it's alright".
Contrasts (1969) @320:01. Ride With Captain Max 02. Spinning wheel 03. No Sleep Blues 04. Goodbye 05. I Need My Freind 06. Mother Earth 07. Eleanor Rigby 08. Conversationally Making The Grade 09. Regencey 10. Island On An Island 11. Don't Be Too Long 12. Jeanette Isabelle 13. Country Life 14. All Day, All Night
Rebirth (1970) @320:01. Castles In the Sky 02. Broken Hours 03. Heart without a Home 04. Time Is Passing 05. Circles 06. November 07. Colour Questions 08. You'll Never Know Me
Reflections On A Life (1971) @256:01. Gene Machine 02. I Don't Car 03. Love Song 04. Bar Room Blue 05. Sad Song for An Easy Lady 06. Ain't It Sad Too 07. The Bargai 08. The Rut 09. Happy Families 10. No.2 Psychological Decontamination Unit 11. Chorale (Forever)
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