Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Smoke - My Friend Jack (1967)



Mick Rowley (vocals)
Mal Luker (guitar)
Zeke Lund (bass)
Geoff Gill (drums)

More than any other band, the Smoke epitomized the groove of Swinging London -- which was especially ironic when one considers that, at the height of their success, they sold more records in Europe than England. Their sound fell somewhere between mod and the Beatles -- their instrumental attack was somewhat Who/Small Faces-like, yet they delighted in cheerful vocals and infectious harmonies and melodies. Only slightly popular on their home turf, and unknown in the U.S., their biggest success was in Germany (oddly enough, for such a British-sounding group). The band hailed from York, where bassist Zeke Lund and lead guitarist Mal Luker began playing together in a band called Tony Adams & the Viceroys, whose lineup eventually ... Read More...


01. My Friend Jack
02. I Wanna Make It With You
03. High In A Room
04. Keep A Hold Of What You've Got
05. She's A Liar
06. It's Getting Closer
07. You Won't Catch Me
08. It's Just Your Way Of loving
09. Don't Lead On Me
10. She Put The Hurt On Me
11. Wake Up Cherylina
12. Magic
13. Have Some More Tea
14. Victor Henry's Cool Book
15. I'm Only Dreaming
16. Universal Vagrant
17. Sydney Gill
18. It Could Be Wonderful
19. That's What I want
20. Like A Good Man Should

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