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Chris White - Mouth Music (1976) 1999 EM Records 

Artist: Chris White
Album: Mouth Music
Label: EM Records/Reve Factory Co, Ltd.
Catalog#: EM1006CD
Released: 1999

Made in Japan
Country: UK
Genre: Rock, Pop Rock
Format: FLAC (tracks+.cue+log)
Bitrate: lossless
Duration: 01:12:53

I've been a Zombies fan since I was a young child - one of my first radio memories is of hearing 'She's Not There'. That said, for years I had no idea Chris White had recorded any solo material.
In an interesting choice of collaborators, 1976's "Mouth Music" found White working with producer Shel Talmy. Lost amidst the attention showered on Russ Ballard and Colin Blunstone, White always struck me as the forgotten talent in The Zombies, but anyone expecting to hear a set of Zombie-eque pop was going to be somewhat disappointed by this collection. (Actually 'To Be a Soldier' would have sounded at home on a Zombies album.) That's not to imply the album was bad, rather it marked a major departure in musical direction. White was responsible for writing the majority of the 13 tracks, with a couple of American pop classics and a strange traditional hymn ('Swing Low, Sweet Chariot') rounding out the track listing. What made the album so different was White's Brian Wilson obsession. Tracks like 'Don't Look Down', 'Books and Pages' and 'Spanish Wine' (the latter a UK top-40 hit) weren't just influenced by Wilson, but in many cases could have easily fit on a Beach Boys album. Taken individually songs like 'Drifitin'' were actually quite impressive with White clearly having taken considerable time and effort in understanding the way Wilson put together his winning formula, as well as having figured out how to replicate those melodies, song structures and instantly recognizable harmonies. Mind you it wasn't perfect. The decision to cover 'Surfin' USA' may have reflected a nice thematic tie-in to the rest of the album, but the rote cover added nothing to the original, leaving you to wonder why he bothered. Similarly his covers of the traditional hymn ''Swing Low, Sweet Chariot' and Martha and the Vandella's 'Dancing In the Streets' were forgettable. Elsewhere 'Zombee Jamboree' was acute nod to his past, but the reggae-influenced track was thoroughly forgettable. From a marketing perspective White's timing certainly could have been better - had this come out two decades later it would have undoubtedly been praised by scores of critics who'd rediscovered Wilson himself (think along the lines of the praise The Wondermints received in the wake of their work with Wilson). As it was the album never even saw an American release, though it attracted some attention in the UK and Japan. In fact, unless you live in Japan (where the album seems to have a fanatical following), good luck finding an original copy of the album ..

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  Mouth Music LP:
01. Don't Look Down (Chris White) - 03:11
02. Books and Pages (Chris White) - 03:32
03. Driftin' (Chris White) - 02:59
04. Surfin' USA (Brian Wilson - Chuck Berry) - 03:00
05. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot (traditional) - 03:05
06. Spanish Wine (Chris White) - 03:06
07. Dancing In the Streets (W. Stevenson) - 03:06
08. Natural Rhythm (Chris White) - 02:38
09. Listed (To Be a Solider) (Chris White) - 03:01
10. Sister Caroline (Chris White) - 02:37
11. Zombee Jamboree (Conrad Eugene Mauge) - 03:18
12. Not for You (Chris White) - 03:12
13. Mouth Music (Chris White) - 00:45
  Non-LP A & B Sides:
14. She's Only Dancing - 02:20
15. Another Little Miracle - 2:45
16. Summertime Summertime - 2:22
17. Don't Worry Baby - 3:04
18. Child of the Sun - 2:59
 • Radio Jingles:
19. Radio Jingle #1 - 0:09
20. Radio Jingle #2 - 0:11
21. Radio Jingle #3 - 0:46
 • Unreleased Studio Tracks:
22. All the Good Indians - 2:26
23. No Resistance - 2:55
24. Pretty Girl - 3:14
25. Frisbee - 2:27
26. Buzz - 3:16
27. I'm Into Something Good - 2:48
28. Rapscallion - 3:18

   Track 14 - 28 are bonus cuts included on this special edition.

Produced for compact disc by Koki Emura
        c/o EM Records, Reve Factory Co.Lld.
        Manufactured under license from Chris White.
       "Mouth Music" album originally released
        as Charisma CAS 1118, 1976.

Chris White - vocals, percussion
Z. Jenkins - guitar
Dave Olney - bass
Tom Parker - keyboards
Shel Talmy - percussion
Clem Cattini - drums

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2 комментария:

  1. Даже не припомню этого товарища....Тем более интересно послушать....Да еще по рекомендации!!!

  2. Hello, could you re-up it please because it is a mega rare cult album which is too expensive in the 2nd hand market now.
    Thank you.