Friday 8 December 2017
Flaming Youth - Ark 2 (1969)
The one and only album from this British band.
The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, bass, guitars, organ, piano, percussion and vocals.
Flaming Youth is mostly known as the band who started Phil Collins career. In his new biography from earlier this year, his time in Flaming Youth has been described to a great detail. This book (paperback/ebook) is well worth reading.
Flaming Youth was also quite a successful band in their own right. So much that Phil Collins got the spot in Genesis.
The music on this forty-four minutes long album has not survived the test of time, though. I doubt Phil Collins has been including some of these songs on his (highly successful) solo tours.
We are back in the naive flower power 1960s again where The Beatles was still the kings. Well, they are still the kings anno 2017 and forever. Flaming Youth was doing a mix of naive beat and psych rock. There were even a large degree of pop here.
The music is pretty big with some classical orchestrations throughout. The music sometimes, well, a lot of times reminds me about the crooners from the end of the 1950s. The music is very kind and soft.
There is no great songs here and there are hardly any good songs here either. I am even having problems labelling this album as a decent album. It is not a turkey though as it has some sporadic qualities. A weak decent rating is awarded.