A blog about the things I find accidentally on Spotify while looking for something else

Thursday, 24 October 2013

The Flame - The Flame

The Flame were a South African band located to London, who were talent-spotted by lesser-spotted Beach Boy Al Jardine, and eventually incorporated into the Beach Boys themselves, with members Ricky Fataar and Blondie Chaplin adding a rootsier sound to some of their early-seventies albums.  Before this, however, is this album produced by Beach Boy Carl Wilson for their own Brother label in 1970.  It's very much a Beatles-esque affair, with Abbey Road-era McCartney-isms prevalent throughout.  Even the outdoorsy Lady is more 'Paul on his farm with a sheep' fabrication than any attempt at Band-like authenticity. Essentially early power-pop, particularly interesting for the way their attitude to multi-section guitar-led instrumental breaks actually seems to prefigure Big Star, in particular the Chris Bell side of the Bell/Chilton partnership, in a way the Beatles don't quite do.  Was this album spinning on Bell's turntable in Memphis as he laid the groundwork for that seminal band?  Anyway, it's not a classic or anything, but it's very enjoyable if you like that sort of thing.


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