May 29, 2011

Colin Blunstone - Ennismore (1972)

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If anyone has a distinctive voice, it certainly would be Colin Blunstone. His wispy-breathy vocals are instantly recognizable. It presided over the Zombies and some of the best singles of the 60’s British Invasion: ‘Time of the Season’, ‘She’s Not There’ and ‘Tell Her No’. His voice can be heard in guest appearances on other artist’s recordings: Alan Parson’s “Old and Wise” and Mike Batt’s “Losing Your Way in the Rain”, for example. While not a singles artist, Blunstone has had multiple hits abroad, while hardly garnering any airplay in the U.S. “Ennismore” is Colin’s second LP. Here, as on his debut, he is produced by his former bandmates, Rod Argent and Chris White. and backed by the members of Argent. Blunstone’s second solo effort serves as a near perfect showcase for his voice. Considerably more commercial than his solo debut, in some aspects, this album almost qualifies as a “lost” Argent LP. While Colin writes several songs for this effort, it is stocked with Argent/White tunes. Anyone familiar with the Zombies will feel comfortable with this shimmering produced mix of pop and rock. While the entire set is worth hearing, for me, the best tracks on “Ennismore” are those that feature Blunstone’s trademark lyrical themes of hopeless Romantic angst over unrequited love, delivered in his trademark confidential half-whispered style, set off nicely by baroque chamber-music arrangements that are employed to such great effect. Personal highlights include the Russ Ballard-composed ballad ‘I Don’t Believe in Miracles’, ‘How Could We Dare to Be Wrong’ (both hits in the U.K. and abroad) and the rockers ‘I Want Some More’ and ‘Andorra’. ‘Andorra’ is particularly interesting as it is a near rewrite of ‘Time of the Season’, with the same echoed vocal gasps and off-time hand-claps, while incorporating flamenco guitar, giving it a distinctive Iberian feel. While one may sense that Colin is a little fey at times, this is one LP that is perfect for quiet introspection or, perhaps, as a backdrop to an intimate evening. In any case, ‘Ennismore’ is the highlight of Colin Blunstone’s solo discography and near perfect example of baroque rock.
1. I Don't Believe In Miracles
2. Exclusively For Me
3. A Sign From Me To You
4. Every Sound I Heard
5. How Wrong Can One Man Be
6. I Want Some More
7. Pay Me Later
8. Andorra
9. I've Always Had You
10. Time's Running Out
11. How Could We Dare To Be Wrong

Colin Blunstone - vocals, guitar
Rod Argent - piano, keyboards
Russ Ballard - guitar, piano, keyboards
Steve Bingham - bass
Jim Rodford - bass
Robert Henrit - drums
Byron Lyefoot - drums
Jim Toomey - drums
Terry Poole - drums, bass
Phil Dennys - piano, keyboards
Pete Wingfield - piano, keyboards
Derek Griffiths - guitar
Michael Snow - guitar, keyboards



Eric said...

Great,Great! I needed this release @ HQ.
Thanks buddy, looking forward to hearing it.

hanalex said...

I'm glad for you, Eric

PERSEvalK said...

dammed why everytime i fall on a comment of "Eric" who is this guy?, WHY he like the same music !!!!
(lol) i need this album too, and grab it here and now, and NOBODY CAN STOP ME NOW!!!!

Thanks Alex ;)

Eric said...

Good lineup of musicians on the album too.
Even Jim Toomey on drums from Titus Groan.

peraberg said...

Thanks. One of my favorite voices

Anonymous said...

Thanks Good Album.

Anonymous said...

Please could you reupload this nice album, because the link doesn't work anymore? Thank you in advance.

Kind regards,

hanalex said...