Monday, 23 September 2019
Clouds - Scrapbook (1968)
The debut album from this Scottish, UK band.
The band was a trio with a lineup of organ, piano, drums, bass, guitars and vocals.
A string quartet provided strings and there is also some woodwinds here.
A lot of people ask why this band never really made it. I guess it the luck of the draw and in particular; the managers. A good manager = fame. A bad manager = obscurity.
The band released three albums altogether and came to everyone's attention again with the box set of all their albums released some years ago.
The music here is psych beat. There is also some harder fusion influenced beat too.
References are The Beatles, Moody Blues, Small Faces and Kinks.
The album opens and ends with the title track. A good track indeed. The rest is much more lively and positive upbeat than that rather pastoral and melancholic track.
This album is one of the lost gems from the pre-prog scene and well worth investigating. Get the box as it has this album and the two other albums. Both albums will be reviewed later.