The End - Introspection 1969

  The End were a British band formed in 1965 by Dave Brown (bass, vocals) and Colin Griffin (guitar, lead vocals) following the demise of the Innocents. Nick Graham (keyboards, vocals) and John Horton (saxophone) joined from Dickie Pride’s backing group, the Original Topics, and Roger Groom (drums) of the Tuxedos completed the line-up. The band was produced by Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, who arranged for them to tour with his group. After the tour, Grooms quit and was replaced by Hugh Atwooll, an old friend of Graham.

 Much is made of records and bands that missed the boat, due to bad timing, lack of support from their label or other mishaps. Introspection certainly falls into the "should have been" catagory. Produced by Bill Wyman of the Stones, in the rose-colored Satanic Majesties era, this wonderful album sat on the shelf and missed it's moment, in the rapidly shifting UK music scene. Shades Of Orange showed up on various collections, but here you have the whole magic kettle. Gentle pop-psychedelia that is well written, performed and produced, evoking early Traffic with that fairytale floating over the fields headspace. However this holds up very well

over time, and what might have seems passe in 1969, sounds classic and gemlike in the light of a new century. These songs are windows to pop heaven, a very good trip indeed. My only quibble is with the spoken word bits, they did not age as well as the music.

If you have come across this album then you really do need it, This is a genuine "Forgotten Classic" and I can not think of a reason why anyone would not love it, other than them having a total lack of taste judgement and sanity.
1. Dreamworld
2. Under The Rainbow
3. Shades Of Orange
4. Bromley Common
5. Cardboard Watch
6. Introspection - Part One
7. What Does It Feel Like ?
8. Linen Draper
9. Don't Take Me
10. Loving , Sacred Loving
11. She Said Yeah
12. Jacob's Bladder
13. Introspection - Part Two
14. Shades Of Orange - Mono Single Version (Bonus Track)
15. Loving, Sacred Loving - Mono Single Version (Bonus Track)

2005 Decca Rec.

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