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Forever More - 1970 Yours

ARTIST: Forever More
ALBUM: Yours
YEAR: 1970


LINEUP: Alan Gorrie - lead vocals, bass, piano * Mick Travis - guitar * Onnie Mair - guitar, bass, backing vocals * Stuart Francis - drums, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Back In The States Again * 02 We Sing * 03 It's Home * 04 Home Country Blues * 05 Good To Me * 06 Yours * 07 Beautiful Afternoon * 08 8 O'Clock And All Is Well * 09 Mean Pappie Blues * 10 You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine * 11 Slyvester's Last Voyage

With a thick gatefold sleeve designed as a Valentine's Day card, 'Yours' is one of those albums that receive big thumbs up from collectors in both presentation and music quality. The band Forever More were Scottish and featured future Average White Band mainstays Alan Gorrie and Onnie Mair (Onnie MacIntyre). The group recorded a couple albums including 1971's 'Words On Black Plastic' that supposedly ended up in cut-out bins no sooner than they were released. I was too young to remember that, but recently I unexpectedly came across a pristine copy of the debut in a local shop for just a few dollars and was pleasantly surprised.

The Songs
You won't find any traces of the Average White Band's rhythm and soul tendencies here although at the time The Beatles were still a going concern, and of course their influence here as with so many albums of the day can be felt throughout. With that said, I wouldn't go as far as some who have compared 'Yours' to 'Abbey Road'. That's a big stretch in my opinion, but the album does have much to recommend it. Fans of Traffic will delight in the opener 'Back In The States Again' and 'Home Country Blues' and yes, 'We Sing' certainly rings of late period Beatles or more to the point John Lennon while the title track sounds suspiciously like a lost Gentle Giant cut. There's plenty going on here with a band searching for its own sound and along the way coming up with better material than their peers in a few cases. 'Beautiful Afternoon' is an apt title, a lovely little number again recalling Traffic and the rollicking 'You Too Can Have A Body Like Mine' reminds me of early Wishbone Ash which is never a bad thing (!) although album closer 'Sylvester's Last Voyage' is my personal favourite, a sea song ala Procol Harum sung in a folk rock style that caps off a wonderful record that reveals more with each listen.

In Summary
As 'Yours' found little favor among record buyers in 1970, Forever More could be heard on the soundtrack to the cult British film 'Permissive' with weirdo folkies Comus and progressive rockers Titus Groan. That movie has just been issued on DVD and since I have yet to see it myself, I can't tell you if the bands contributions were pulled from 'Yours' or are unique to the film. Along with Forever More's second album, I have some catching up to do.

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#1 | Harvey Mettle on May 04 2010 15:49:35
I'm getting a bit confused! I had both LP's years ago (think I still have them on cassette only now), but this cover just isn't familiar at all. A quick google only shows this one though. Am I loosing it or is there a different edition with another sleeve?
#2 | Eric on May 05 2010 14:02:25
Good question. This is the only cover I can find?
#3 | Harvey Mettle on May 05 2010 19:37:32
#4 | Eric on May 05 2010 20:36:57
Marmalade Skies! My second home after GD! I have the U.S. version and obviously the UK issue was different. I wonder if it was gatefold too...?
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