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1970 - Hollywood Dream
(1991 Expanded Reissue) [[email protected]
Thunderclap Newman in 1970
Thunderclap Newman was a British rock band that Pete Townshend of The Who and Kit Lambert formed circa December 1968 - January 1969 in a bid to showcase the talents of John "Speedy" Keen, Andy "Thunderclap" Newman and Jimmy McCulloch.
Their single, "Something in the Air", a 1969 UK Number One hit, remains in demand for television commercials, film soundtracks and compilations. The band released a critically acclaimed rock album, Hollywood Dream, and three other singles (which appeared on the album): "Accidents", "The Reason" and "Wild Country".
From 1969 until 1971, the nucleus of the band consisted of the songwriter Speedy Keen (vocals, drums, guitar); Andy "Thunderclap" Newman (piano); and Jimmy McCulloch (guitar). Pete Townshend (using the alias "Bijou Drains") played bass guitar on their album and singles, all of which he had recorded and produced in IBC Studio and his Twickenham home studio. The band augmented its personnel during its tours: in 1969, by James "Jim" Pitman-Avery (bass guitar) and Jack McCulloch (drums); and in 1971, by Ronnie Peel (bass guitar) and Roger Felice (drums). The band folded in April 1971 and was resurrected by Andy Newman and his colleagues circa 2007.
Artist: Thunderclap Newman
Title: Hollywood Dream
Format: CD, Album, Reissue
Producer: Pete Townshend
Reissue Producer: Bill Levenson
Release Date: January 10, 1991
Original Release Date: October 1970
Label: Polydor Records
Catalog: 833 794-2
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock
Hollywood Dream was a 1970 album by Thunderclap Newman, their first and only album release.
AllMusic Review by Dave Thompson:
All these years, and all these accolades later, it still seems incredible that Hollywood Dream meant nothing at the time of its release; that America let it drift no higher than Number 161; that the U.K. did not even give it a hearing. Less than a year before, after all, "Something in the Air" was topping charts and readers' polls alike, and Thunderclap Newman were as close as Christmas to becoming the new Beatles. Instead, they weren't even the new Badfinger, and this exquisite LP withered on the vine. Reissued in 1991, Hollywood Dream had been utterly transformed by the admiration of so many subsequent listeners, to stand alongside any lost classic you could mention, among the finest albums of its psychedelic generation. "Something in the Air," of course, has never lost its hold on our hearts, but there was so much more to Thunderclap Newman and, across the 12-track original album, and half-a-dozen bonus tracks, the trio's genius is inescapable. For those "in the know," who had treasured their scratchy old Atlantic label vinyl, the real meat lay in the latter, as all three of Thunderclap Newman's original 45's joined their album brethren, together with their non-LP B-sides. "Something in the Air," fussed up for the LP, reverts to its original emphatic punch; "Accidents" is pruned from a shade under ten minutes to a little over three; and the piping "The Reason" (an odd choice for a single in the first place) sounds like a role model for every record Supertramp ever made. The real gem, however, is "Wilhemina," which sounds like a daft piece of rhyming doggerel set to a nursery tune, but also packs one of the most dramatic psych guitar solos this side of your favorite Who record. Producer Pete Townshend must have been astonished. As will you be, too, if all you've ever heard is the hit. So many bands have been hauled out of obscurity to be tagged the greatest secret you've never been told. Thunderclap Newman are one of the few who actually deserve that epithet.
01. Something In The Air (3:56)
02. Hollywood #1 (3:22)
03. The Reason (4:07)
04. Open The Door, Homer (3:03)
05. Look Around (3:01)
06. Accidents (9:43)
07. Wild Country (4:16)
08. When I Think (3:08)
09. Old Cornmill (4:00)
10. I Don't Know (3:46)
11. Holllywood Dreams (Instrumental) (3:08)
12. Hollywood #2 (2:56)
1991 Expanded Reissue Bonus Tracks - The Singles:
13. Something In The Air (Single Version) (3:57)
14. Wilhemina (2:59)
15. Accidents (Single Version) (3:48)
16. I See It All (2:48)
17. The Reason (Single Version) (3:49)
18. Stormy Petrel (2:57)
John "Speedy" Keen – lead vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic guitar, conga, glockenspiel, gong, maracas
Andy Newman - piano, organ, soprano saxophone, bass saxophone, oboe, tin whistle, glockenspiel, cor anglais, Bengali flutes, Japanese battle cymbal, hand bell, Indian finger cymbals, sleigh bells, Chinese temple block, vocals
Jimmy McCulloch - acoustic guitar, electric guitar, maracas, wood block, backing vocals
Chris Morphet - harmonica (Tracks 4 & 5)
Pete Townshend (originally credited as Bijou Drains) - bass
Ian Green - string arrangement ("Something in the Air")
Pete Townshend - producer
Graham Hughes - cover art
Chris Morphet - album spread photographs
Chris Stamp - special thanks
Bill Levenson - CD reissue production
Dennis Drake - CD reissue mastering at PolyGram Studios
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