Tremeloes – Marmalade

Deep baroque pop from '60s stalwarts and psych-pop from Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Glaswegians

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Once they’d parted company with Brian Poole, the Tremeloes not only matched their beat output, they outstripped it. This selection will appeal to lovers of the Bee Gees or Paul and Barry Ryan. Hugely influenced by The Beatles, the Trems were more than mere copyists. “Willow Tree”, “You” and a version of “Good Day Sunshine” indicate the general direction. They played with the experimental mood of the era before going into cabaret, but their toytown psychedelia sounds great now.

Another entrant in the excellent Psych-Pop series, Marmalade (originally called Dean Ford And The Gaylords!) graduated from the cheesier pop side of the time into a pretty fair hippie act with CSN&Y leanings. Fixed somewhere between the irksome Dave Dee style and Badfinger, Marmalade did punk rock (“Hey Joe”) and freaked out politely in the manner of the Moody Blues. Tuneful and never too taxing, Kaleidoscope is a colourful summary of their fine cut preserve.


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