Sunday, June 21, 2009

The Tiffany Shade - The Tiffany Shade (us 1969)

The Tiffany Shade - The Tiffany Shade (us 1969)

Formed: 1966, Cleveland, OH, United States
Disbanded: 1968 //

*Bob Leonard - keyboards
*Mike Barnes - guitar/vocals
*Barrow Davidian - 12 string guitar/ vocals
*Rick Hohn - bass, (Replaced by Robb Clarke-Murphy)
*Tom Schuster - drums.

01. Would You Take My Mind Out For a Walk (Michael Barnes)
02. An Older Man (Robert Leonard-Michael Barnes)
03. Sam (Robert Leonard)
04. Jaguar City Blues (Rob Murphy-Robert Leonard)
05. A Very Grand Love (Robert Leonard)
06. Come Softly to me (Gretchen Christopher-Barbara Ellis-Gary Troxel)
07. No Reality (Michael Barnes)
08. One Good Reason (Michael Barnes-Robert Leonard)
09. A Quiet Revolution (Michael Barnes)
10. Not Worth the Pain (Michael Barnes)

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio (and you thought Devo, The Raspberries and Rachel Sweet were the city's only music exports ...), this outfit's always had a special place in our hearts. As The Tiffany Shade, singer/guitarist Michael Barnes, rhythm guitarist Bob Leonard, bassist Rob Murphy and drummer Tom Schuster deserve plenty of credit, if for no other reason than the fact they managed to turn in one of the year's most impressive set's of English-inspired psychedelia. Not impressed? Imagine how hard it is to sound English when you're from Cleveland !!! With Barnes and Leonard responsible for the bulk of the material ("Come Softly To Me" being the lone non-original), 1969's "The Tiffany Shade" served up an enjoyable blend incorporating garage, psychedelic, pop and even Vaunderville ("A Very Grand Love"). While it may not have been cutting edge in terms of originality, full of fuzz guitar, nifty harmonies and shimmering melodies ("Come Softly To Me"), you could've done far worse in terms of purchases. Personal favorites included "the dreamy "No Reality" and the feedback drenched rocker "One Good Reason". Unfortunately, backed by Mainstream's standard marketing support (e.g. none), the set vanished without a trace).
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