Singles In Depth 1

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A. Angel Face

Written by: Gerry Shephard/John Rossall

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Producer: Mike Leander

 

B. You Wouldn't Leave Me Would You?

Written By Gerry Shephard/John Springate

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

The band's first single, though very different to the original demo.  Gerry Shephard remembers that "John Rossall had written the basic music line to the song and asked me to write some lyrics. I sat on the studio floor scribbling them down and then just stood up and sang them into the mircrophone.  When Mike played them back to me I was amazed at the result."

John Springate remembers that "Mike Leander had changed the demo around and Gerry and John had altered the tune and the lyrics. Pete had changed the drumbeat and Mike asked me to uplift the bass line. For a joke I thought I would choose a song which was a hit a few months earlier.  I did and it worked, although I'm not telling you which song I chose!"


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A. Just For You

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Rossall

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. I'm Celebrating

Written by Pete Phipps

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

Just For You -"Oh yeah, our second single" says Gerry.  "I remember recording the guitar track in Paris an looking down on the Champs Elysees.  A difficult song to perform as it has to be played with great enthusiasm and power!"  John Rossall is amazed at how many people like this song.  "It's not one of our best, how can you follow Angel Face?  It was a huge challenge to write it and I was glad when it was done and in the shops".  "Oh God, I hate this song" says John Springate and I'm making no further comment!"

Harvey Ellison remembers flying out with Gerry to Paris. "There was always a guy to meet us and drive us to the studio.  On this occasion we met the guy and jumped into his car, the journey wasn't familiar and seemed to take double the time. We couldn't speak French and so we just sat there until we arrived at this flash new studio in some part of the countryside. We walked in expecting to see Mike and were met by Mickie Most who was working with Hot Chocolate. We said our hellos and jumped back in the car very red faced and we spent about ten minutes trying to explain to this French driver that he had taken us to the wrong studio.  Eventually he understood and drove us back to our studio where we were greeted by a very irate Mike Leander.  Mike wasn't a volatile guy, but that afternoon we saw a very different side of him as we ducked behind the door as cans of tape came our way!".

I'm Celebrating -"This one is mine! And it's great! says Pete Phipps.  "In 1972 we had played at Wembley at a pop festival with Gary.  I remember the day as it was my birthday. I was looking forward to going home that night and meeting up with this rather gorgeous girlfriend.  I had to travel home on the tube that night and when I got home I found out that I had been stood up!  I felt rather bad at the time. When I wrote this song the memory came back to me and that's what it's about. 

I think Tony and Mike played drums on this one and I played keyboards.  Great guitar by Gerry -funny thing was that on the morning of recording the song I had an idea for a verse that wouldn't go away so I insisted on writing out the lyrics again and changing the middle of the song.  Mike wasn't impressed as the studio clock was ticking but it was worth it, wasn't it?"

 


Lets_Get_Together_Again.jpgA. Let's Get Together Again

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Rossall

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. Jukebox Queen

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Rossall

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 


Goodbye_My_Love.jpgA. Goodbye My Love

Written by Gerry Shephard

Lead Vocal by John Springate

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. Got To Get Ready For Love

Written By Pete Phipps

Lead Vocal by John Springate

Produced by Mike Leander

 


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A. The Tears I Cried

Written by Gerry Shephard

Lead Vocal by John Springate

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. Until Tomorrow

Written by John Springate

Lead Vocal by John Springate

Produced by Mike Leander

 


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A. Love In The Sun

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Springate

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. I Can Hear Music

Written by Gerry Shephard

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 


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A. Alone Again

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Springate

Lead Vocal by Gerry Shephard

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. Watch The Show

Written by Harvey Ellison

Lead Vocal by Harvey Ellison

Produced by Mike Leander

 


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A. People Like You And People Like Me

Written by Gerry Shephard/John Springate

Lead Vocal by John Springate

Produced by Mike Leander

 

B. Makes You Blind

Written by Gerry Shephard/Pete Phipps/Mike Leander

Produced by Mike Leander