Soulsmith 2 posts. Coorrr forgot all about this record - very nice tune indeed - used to be played at lot at Droylsden Definitely Pye, bought this off Dean Anderson when only the UK promo copy existed, back in mid 80's when it was played extensively up here , a while before proper copies turned up, even longer before the US copies as I seem to remember it being rumoured as UK only. Said before, great record in its time but not sure want to hear it now, think it might spoil some memories!!
Swapped it with Richard Domar for something or other. The Merseybeats did a great version of the same song on Fontana, much faster. Also, Elvis Costello did a good version of it on Get Happy. In the last years it's a classic on the European Mod scene For me it's a completely unconvincing vocal perfrormance and easily one of less soulful of the Britsh tributes to Soul.
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Mandy 5 Posted September 14, The list is endless. The timing, as is always a theme for him, was perfect. Through a talent agency that the Gunnell brothers had set up, Colton and Ray Smith, a fellow writer, provided material for acts like Zoot Money, including Big Time Operator, and he was becoming well established among his peers. With such an array of talented musicians all in one place, Colton started experimenting with putting bands together and recorded some songs under his own name.
It always seemed like everybody you met was going to be famous the next day, and they were, it was incredible. It was incredible; it was about what he came here to do. To be a rock star, a poet, to carry some kind of message. Colton was hit hard by the news. He was a free wheeling spirit showing people what you can do when your will is alive. There was an incident at the Flamingo that involved a hooker in a dressing room setting, it was pretty debased, it was, but that is an element of how low we can sink unfortunately.
The only real logical progression from there, Colton says, was to start producing bands in the Allnighter. One of them was The Shevelles. Can a duck swim? Of course I wanted to.
So I went in and recorded that. Straight from there, he went on to produce Yes. In between recordings, they would work on their own two albums, under the name Poet and The One Man Band, and they were attracting huge attention. The albums they were appearing on were becoming major successes worldwide.
Colton joined band manager Danny Ciccone to undertake some more production projects with reputed producer Johnny Harris. Together they produced the Shirley Bassey album, Something, again using the backing band. But it was clear to Ciccone that Colton was itching for more. Head Hands and Feet were born. Live, it was an awesome thing to behold.
Colton was a top record producer, each of the band members equally as well reputed in their prior respective musical projects. As if America needed any more excuse to take on another British rock band, Head Hands and Feet were making the kind of country rock music that greatly appealed. In all, they recorded five albums. Most bands have a sell by date that they can live with each other for before they move onto other things.
We were already at that stage we when we came out on the tracks. In a way, we came out ready to split up. My foolishness was a great deal of it. I spurned the offer. I was trying to reach for something, a higher consciousness and also smother the heartbreak and feelings.
While he was still a songwriter, and Head Hands and Feet albums were selling, his reckless behaviour started affecting his once infallible reputation. His friendship with Eric Clapton was also in question. In one particular dark moment in both of their lives, they confided in each other. Colton had no such luck. As if fate were playing a cruel trick, a flippant moment from the past that Colton had long since forgotten about came back to bite him.
He explains that when he had first been rising to fame with Head Hands and Feet, he had been invited to a radio interview. Unfortunately for Colton, Page had been listening at the time. I was just shooting my mouth off, anything for dramatics. But it was true. He wanted me to produce it and to try and get Jimmy Page to play on it.
So I called Page up. A girl answered the phone. She was relaying the conversation to him, and I could hear him in the background. She told him who it was and I asked if he would play on the record. All I can tell you is I went into heroin addiction not long after that, and it lasted seven years. He went to several AA meetings, with little success.
By the time Colton was in his 40s, he was sure that the drink and drugs were going to kill him. You either kill yourself, or you sort yourself out. In , aged 45, Colton got a call. While Colton was drowning his sorrows in a bottle, an emerging country artist in Nashville called Ricky Skagg, who was a fan of the band, had chosen to cover the Head Hands and Feet song Country Boy.
It was an instant hit, and was nominated for a Country Music Award. Interest in Colton, who was working for Warner Brothers by that time, had rekindled. He was invited to move out to Nashville and ride that wave. It gave him the push he needed to get out of his marriage, and very quickly, his addictions dropped. It was an act of self-love. The universe opens up when you do something for yourself and gives something back to you, and it works. The New York scene was dying, and dance music and techno was taking over LA.
I was in his life, you know. I went out into the 60s and made my name and my way. And then I went out to Nashville and started a whole new life with a whole new set of artists who were equally talented and influential and made another whole life for myself there.
So I think I did pretty good. As such, he has witnessed some encounters that few others would ever know about. He wants to kill most people, he pulls guns on you and shit like that. I had said something about Richard Harris, the actor. Jerry Lee Lewis suddenly dropped to his knees and started reciting Othello!