Saturday, January 17, 2009

Every Which Way - Every Which Way (uk 1970)

Every Which Way - Every Which Way (uk 1970)

Formed: May 1970 , United Kingdom
Disbanded: 1971

Graham Bell (keyboards, lead vocals), (SKIP BIFFERTY)
Alan Cartwright (bass), (PROCOL HURUM)
Geoff Peach (reeds, flute, backing vocals),
Brian Davison (drums, percussion), (THE NICE)
John Hedley (guitar).

Related Artists: The Nice, Refugee

Every Which Way was formed by drummer Brian Davison (ex The Nice) in May 1970. After a debut album, Every Which Way, and a presentation at The Marquee, the band split up.
1 LP " Every Which Way " 1970 (PHILLIPS)

01 Bed Ain't What It Used to Be 9:27
02 Castle Sand 6:41
03 Go Placidly 3:50
04 All in Time 8:50
05 What You Like 3:40
06 The Light 6:14

It shouldn't be necessary to inform you about whom of The Nice' ex-members that got the most successful career after the disbanding of that group. However, both Lee Jackson and Brian Davison started their own bands, but without any noticeable success. Jackson formed Jackson Heights that were able to make as much as four albums. Davison's new group Every Which Way lasted on the other hand for only one record, and that's really not much to be sad about if the music on this album was the best they had to offer. Musically it reminds me of a jazzier and more progressive version of Gordon Haskell's "It Is and It Isn't" album, but without the good melodies. Most of the songs are stretched out by lots of tedious soloing on saxophone from Geoffrey Peach, and Graham Bell's vocal delivery sounds depressing, lacking dynamics and range. The pace of the album is slow and laid-back, rarely firing up much excitement or energy. "The Light" has got a quite good sax-riff that is used sparsely and intelligent, but unfortunately gets lost in the tedium of the rest of the song. The only track that I really care for here is "Castle Sand". This mellow and fine song has got Peach' flute floating gently around it, and the melody is one of the few memorable ones on the album. "Go Placidly" also has some good tendencies in the melodic department, but several boring aspects about it too. You should rather check out Refugee's album from 1974 instead if you want the best thing that Davison were involved in after The Nice.

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