Friday, January 24, 2020

The Spencer Davis Group / Traffic /Andy Ellison ‎– Here We Go 'Round The Mulberry Bush (OST) 1968






Review by Richie Unterberger
Although not a proper Spencer Davis Group album, eight of the fourteen songs on the soundtrack to this silly late-'60s British flick were by the group (most done, alas, just after the departure of Stevie Winwood). There were also three tunes from Traffic, and a nice orchestral-psychedelic oddity from Andy Ellison (lead singer of John's Children). Heard in isolation from the movie, the album tends to highlight just how important Winwood was to the Spencer Davis Group, whose numbers are pleasant, almost stereotypically late-'60s London pop throwaways. "Waltz for Caroline," which does feature Winwood, is an organ-dominated instrumental that is identical to the cut titled "Waltz for Lumumba" on other SDG releases; "Picture of Her" is a ringer for the kind of songs Jack Bruce and Peter Brown wrote for Cream. Better are Traffic's more soulful contributions, especially the title track. The CD reissue has liner notes by scriptwriter (and authorized Beatles biographer) Hunter Davies.


LP cover 1968


CD PRM 1997

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