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.