LEO – Goodbye Innocence
Posted on Nov 9th, 2007 by Alan @ 11:49 am


Here’s an example of Amazon’s recommendations paying off big-time… I was snooping around trying to plug the gaps in my post-Jellyfish collection, and apparently people who have bought Jason Falkner albums have also bought a CD called “Alpacas Orgling” by LEO – according to the one customer review that’s on there it is the brainchild of Andy Sturmer, and an unashamed homage to Jeff Lynne’s Electric Light Orchestra. While the latter is definitely true – I don’t know anything by ELO other than “Don’t Bring Me Down” (and Frost’s version of “Here Is The News”) but a lot of it sounds like that, and it reminded me in places of Jeff Lynne’s guitar work on the Traveling Wilbury’s albums – I’m not so sure about the former.

Andy Sturmer has writing credits on only two tracks, and appears on only one – he sings the bridge about 2 and a half minutes into the following track. The creator of this mastertape is actually a guy who goes by the name of Bleu in the writing credits and by the name William James McAuley III elsewhere in the CD booklet.

No matter. This is a fine album that I’m delighted to own even if it wasn’t quite what I thought I was buying. Read more about it here.

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Eg – Stay Home / Sister Blue
Posted on Nov 7th, 2007 by Alan @ 1:36 pm


I promised an Eg post a couple of days ago, and here it is. I also used this as an excuse for a bit of t’interwebbing to find out a bit more about what Eg did before and since…

Turns out he was a founder member (the drummer) of Brother Beyond along with his brother David who played guitar. He featured heavily in the writing credits for their first album before leaving – and this first album was then re-recorded with their new drummer after they signed for Stock, Aitken and Waterman’s hit factory. No idea whether it was an acrimonious split, but I suspect Christmas dinner at the Whites’ house must have been a bundle of fun that year!

So then Eg hooked up with Alice and made the best album no-one has ever heard of before they went their separate ways. Five years later he followed this up with a decent effort of his own which went equally unnoticed by the rest of the planet – I remember reading that the album had been released at the time and before I managed to track a copy down I was positively salivating at the prospect of his Jellyfish cover, Stay Home.

It didn’t disappoint. There were some great moments in his own material on that album too, even though it didn’t quite hit the heights of the Eg & Alice album. My top pick is a track called Sister Blue.

But what’s he done since then? Well, it turns out that after working with Alice Temple again on her solo album “Hang Over” he became the arch nemesis of Mr Jem Godfrey of Frost*, carving out a career writing chewing gum for the ears for the likes of Will Young, Natalie Imbruglia, Charlotte Church, Take That, Kylie Minogue, Jamelia and James Morrison. Between them they have a couple of Ivor Novello songwriting awards (Jem for Shayne Ward’s “That’s My Goal”, and Eg for Will Young’s “Leave Right Now”)

Eg – Stay Home

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Eg – Sister Blue

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Don’t Ask!
Posted on Nov 5th, 2007 by Alan @ 12:34 pm

I was just looking at the Groucho’s website (a second hand record store in Dundee that I used to go to every few weeks when I was a teenager) to see if they were selling tickets online for Ainslie Henderson’s gig this weekend, and clicked on the “Don’t Ask” link in the sidebar. Very, very, very funny.

Think I’ll not bother calling them – will just go up on Sunday afternoon and pick up tickets on spec!

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Eg & Alice – Rockets
Posted on Nov 5th, 2007 by Alan @ 10:15 am


This is from a beautiful album that received critical acclaim (but precious little commercial acclaim) in 1991 – at the end of the year Select magazine (I think) named it one of their top ten albums of the year, although it failed to reach even the UK top 75 chart on release. Q magazine later went a step further when it placed the record on its list of best albums of the 20th century, describing it as having “the class of Steely Dan and the intriguing detachment of the Blue Nile”.

Eg & Alice apparently recorded this in Eg’s flat in Notting Hill, playing most of the instruments themselves, but went their separate ways after only one record. Alice Temple then spent some time as a DJ before releasing an album called Hang Over in 1999 (I’ve been after a copy for quite a while but can’t track it down), whereas Frank “Eg” White had a shorter break before releasing a solo album in 1996 (including a cover of Jellyfish’s “Stay Home” – stay tuned to hear that later this week.

Being Guy Fawkes Day there was only ever one track I could post today – Rockets. Enjoy.

And get this – second hand copies are going for £40 on Amazon. I’m rich, I tell you, rich beyond my wildest dreams!

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