Thursday, December 17, 2009

Sara's Pick of the Week

I love Billy Nicholls and I love this video!

If you like the orchestral pop/psych of the Beach Boys Pet Sounds, I'm almost positive you'll like the album Would You Believe, home to this song.

Word is that Billy Nicholls was originally hired by Andrew Loog Oldham as a staff writer for his label, Immediate Records. Oldham was so entranced by the Beach Boys' 1966 album, Pet Sounds, that he enlisted Nicholls to record a British response, which became this largely forgotten album. Would You Believe of course never achieved the Pet Sounds status Oldham wanted; after the label ran into financial difficulties, it was shelved after a promotional run of just 100 pressings.
The Small Faces' Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane provide backing vocals and instruments, as well as bass parts from John Paul Jones.

Here's your London Social Degree (ahem, LSD): we're going back to the Swinging Sixties!!!

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