вторник, 28 августа 2012 г.

Oasis (UK) - Oasis (Mary Hopkin & Peter Skellern) Ⓟ & © 1984 WEA Records

Performer: Oasis (U.K.)
Album: SelfTitled
Ⓟ & © 1984 WEA Records Ltd.
A Warner Communications Company
Catalog#: 240 372-2
Printed in West Germany
Genre: Pop-Rock, Soft Rock
Cover: JPG/300dpi - Full Scan
Duration: 00:46:44

Английская супер-группа образована в 1983 году, в которую входили: Peter Skellern (March 14, 1947, Bury, Lancashire; vocals, piano, также участник MARCH HARE), Mary Hopkin (May 03, 1950, Pontardawe, Glamorgan; vocals, участница в том числе SELBY SET & MARY, HOBBY HORSE, SUNDANCE), Julian Lloyd Webber (April 14, 1951, Greater London; cello) - вrother of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Lovelady (guitar) и гитарист Mitch Dalton, с их единственным альбомом в стиле soft rock/adult contemporary была весьма хорошо принята на родине, а релиз даже попал в британский Top 30. В записи альбома так же приняли участие ещё несколько музыкантов: Haydn Bendall (synthesizer), Charlie Morgan (drums), Andy Pask (bass), Frank Ricotti (percussion), Mike Timoney (synthesizer). 
В столь обширном составе компания создала действительно приятную гармонию звуков (в написании ряда песен поучаствовал Skellern), но дальше этого совместного труда дело почему-то не пошло, группа распалась через год - в 1985 году. Peter Skellern и Mary Hopkin продолжили работать в других коллективах, а также сольно. Да, была ещё парочка синглов в том же, 1984-м (Hold Me / Oasis и I Wonder Why / Who Knows), содержимое которых исправно перекочевало в альбом.

Oasis was an English music group which formed in 1984. The group consisted of Peter Skellern, Julian Lloyd Webber, Mitch Dalton, Bill Lovelady and Mary Hopkin.
Their debut album, Oasis, was released on the WEA label, along with two singles. The album reached #23 on the UK Albums Chart after first charting in April 1984 and remained in charts for 15 weeks. A tour of the United Kingdom was planned for September 1984 and a new cellist, Audrey Riley, was brought in to replace Lloyd-Webber, whose solo commitments forced him to leave. The tour, however, was brought to an abrupt end, because Hopkin became ill and the group disbanded shortly afterwards.

When conceived, executed and then unveiled to the public, the group behind this LP were heavily touted as being a 'super group'. Indeed, each member had their own previous recording careers and brought a wealth of experience and talent to this project. Whether this was meant to continue beyond this, their one and only LP is uncertain, but the intervening years seem to suggest that a follow up LP is extremely unlikely. If so, then that's a shame because although this LP is certainly not to everyone's taste, it is well crafted and beautifully exectued by all those invovled. If you're looking for the perfect summer evening 'chill out' beyond the realms of the plethora of 'Ibiza' and 'Ministry of Sound' compilations, then look no further! One thing of interest is the HIGH value placed upon the CD release of this. It was available on WEA as a 'Target' release (240 372-2) then as a British Pickwick Records reissue in 1989 (PWKS 557) and then again on European WEA in 1995 (2292-40372-2). The Japanese CD issue hails from 1997 (WPCR-1459). All copies seem to get snapped up quickly (and rarely cheaply either)! Expect to pay well over ?100 for the Japanese CD...

                      ♪ Tracklist:

                     01. Prelude 2:14
                     02. If This Be The Last Time 4:18
                     03. I Wonder Why 3:51
                     04. Hold Me 4:10
                     05. Oasis 5:39
                     06. Sirocco 6:17
                     07. Who Knows 4:55
                     08. Weavers Of Moonbeams 5:01
                     09. Loved And Lost 5:13
                     10. True Love 4:23

VocalsMary Hopkin & Peter Skellern
BassAndy Pask
CelloJulian Lloyd Webber
DrumsCharlie Morgan
KeyboardsPeter Skellern
PercussionFrank Ricotti 

Lyrics By – Marita Phillips (tracks: 3, 6)
Music By – Bill Lovelady(tracks: 3, 6), Mitch Dalton(track: B1), Peter Skellern(tracks: 1, 3, 9)
Written-By – Cole Porter (tracks: 10), Peter Skellern (tracks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8)

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3 комментария:

  1. Явное открытие; и группа, её релиз весьма неплохи для своего жанра. Вот голос этого Питера мне очень знаком, Алекс! Где-то я его уже слышал...

    1. Возможно ты слышал его в группе Harlem или группе March Hare.