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Including some beautiful psychedelic/folk pieces recorded at Advision Studios (with support from future 10cc colleagues Graham Gouldman and Eric Stewart), this is the first-ever issue of the unreleased 1969 studio album from the duo Godley & Creme recorded during their days as Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon.
CD in digipak with 28-page booklet (containing a 6000 word essay, rare photos and memorabilia) and bonus tracks.
In mid-1969, legendary British R&B/psychedelic enabler Giorgio Gomelsky signed two Manchester-based art students, renaming them Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon.
Envisaging the pair as a British Simon And Garfunkel, Gomelsky recorded an LP with them for release on his Marmalade label. A pre-LP single appeared, but sadly the album’s release was cancelled after Giorgio spent the rent and staged a disappearing act.
A hugely accomplished set, it incorporates impossibly fragile ballads like Chaplin House and Today alongside US West Coast-style rocker Cowboys And Indians and the Beatles-ish It’s The Best Seaside In The World.
Frabjous Days adds Gouldman’s sole Marmalade cut plus further late 60s material, including their early 1968 single as The Yellow Bellow Room Boom.
The Marmalade Sessions 1969
1 I’m Beside Myself (album version)*
2 Chaplin House*
3 Cowboys And Indians*
4 It’s The Best Seaside In The World*
5 Fly Away (Frabjoy & Runcible Spoon LP version)*
6 Take Me Back*
8 Hot Sun*
9 Virgin Soldiers*
10 The Late Mr. Late (GRAHAM GOULDMAN)
11 To Fly Away (Marmalade sampler LP version)
12 I’m Beside Myself (single version)
13 Animal Song
Bonus tracks (recorded 1967-1969)
14 Seeing Things Green
15 Easy Life
16 One And One Make Love*
17 Over And Above My Head*
18 Hello Blinkers
19 Goodnight Blinkers
1-7 Unreleased Frabjoy and Runcible Spoon album, recorded circa September 1969
8-9 Unreleased acetate of Graham Gouldman songs performed by Godley and Creme, recorded circa July 1969
10-11 From label sampler ‘Marmalade – 100% Proof’, Marmalade 643 314, released June 1969
12-13 Frabjoy And Runcible Spoon single, Marmalade 598019, released September 1969
14-15 The Yellow Bellow Room Boom single, CBS 3205, released January 1968
16-17 Unreleased acetate, recorded cerca July 1968
18-19 Promo vinyl pressing for Blinkers nightclub IC 1215 cerca late 1969