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Marmalade - 1977 The Only Light On My Horizon Now

ARTIST: Marmalade
ALBUM: The Only Light On My Horizon Now
LABEL: Target
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2010, 7T's, GLAMCD101


LINEUP: Sandy Newman - electric, acoustic guitars, keyboards, vocals * Garth Watt Roy - electric, acoustic guitars, vocals * Graham Knight - bass, vocals * Alan Whitehead - drums, percussion

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Only Light On My Horizon Now * 02 You Steal The Limelight * 03 Living To Feel The Magic * 04 Walking A Tightrope * 05 Louisiana * 06 So Sad * 07 Hello Baby (Good To Hear Your Voice Again) * 08 Falling Apart At The Seams

Those of you of a certain age will remember this Scottish band and their string of hit singles in the late 60's including their cover of The Beatles 'Ob-La Di, Ob-La Da' and the still beautiful sounds like the early Bee Gees but its not 'Reflections Of My Life'. Terrific stuff, but by the early 1970's the hits had stopped with the band fragmenting into various solo projects and losing their way in a dramatically changed music scene. With a new line-up including future Blue guitarist Hugh Nicholson, the group tried but failed to capitalize on the burgeoning progressive movement and found themselves back to square one in 1976 bringing on two new members and legendary songwriter Tony Macaulay (Hollies, The Fifth Dimension, Donna Summer) turning out a hit single in 1976 - 'Falling Apart At The Seams' and a newfound, but short-lived lease on life.

The Songs
The resulting album released a year later is a gem of mid-70's British soft pop and is as far removed from the progressive and punk scenes as one could get. Comparisons to Jigsaw, Pilot, and David Dundas are easily drawn with heavy orchestration and well written pop the order of the day. Sugarcoated and candy flossed 'You Steal The Limelight', 'Living To Feel The Magic' and the Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons drenched 'Walking A Tightrope' are probably enough to put most hard rock fans in a diabetic coma, but they are charming and tasty songs for patrons of tuneful rock n' roll. Why and as if it was an afterthought, 'Falling Apart At The Seams' was tacked on to the end of the record seems strange considering it should have been the LP's biggest selling point?

In Summary
A recommended record for followers of the lighter side and there are plenty of good Marmalade compilations out there, but I suggest seeking out the long out of print CD 'Falling Apart At The Seams.. Plus' which includes 'The Only Light On My Horizon Now' in its entirety and several bonus tracks. A further update on this release: reissue label 7T'S has put this out during January 2010. Refer this link for more.. click here..

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#1 | Eric on November 28 2009 03:42:27
This is set for reissue early next year on the 7T's label with deluxe booklet and 9 bonus tracks. Yowzah! Thumbs Up
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