Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg (uk 1969)
Velvett Fogg (on their controversial 1969 album cover) - (Top) Graham Mullett (drums), Ian Leighton (guitar), Mick Pollard (bass). (Front/center) Frank Wilson (vocals, Hammond organ). Other members not pictured - Tony Iommi (guitar), Paul Eastment (guitar, vocals) and Keith Law (songwriter). The two nice-looking painted ladies are models.
Frank Wilson (Hammond organ, vocal)
Keith Law (songwriter)
Paul Eastment (guitar, vocal)
Graham Mullett (drums)
Mick Pollard (bass guitar)
1(A) VELVETT FOGG (Pye NSPL 18272) 1969 R2
NB: (1) has been counterfeited and was also reissued as Velvett Fogg Plus (See For Miles SEE 259) in 1989 with the 45 added, also available on CD (SEE CD 259) 1989.
1 Telstar '69/Owed To The Dip (Pye 7N 17673) 1969
01. Yellow Cave Woman
02. New York Mining Disaster 1941
03. Wizard Of Gobsolod
04. Once Among The Trees
05. Lady Caroline
06. Come Away Melinda
07. Owded To The Dip
08. Within The Night
09. Plastic Man
10. Telstar '69
Velvett Fogg was formed in 1968 out of a respectable Brum band called Gravy Train.
The initial line-up of Velvett Fogg featured guitarist Tony Iommi (later to make the big time with Black Sabbath). Tony stayed in the line-up for only one gig before leaving to be replaced temporarily by Ian Leighton. It was during this time that Pye Records arranged a photo-shoot of the band for the cover of their proposed first album . This is the pre-Paul Eastment line-up of the band wearing garish make-up/body-paint, and also included two well-endowed young women wearing nothing but strategically applied body paint! U.K. disc jockey John Peel commented in the sleeve notes that "There is a lot of good music on this record. Remember Velvett Fogg - you will hear the name again."
Velvett Fogg recorded the tracks for their debut album under direction of Pye producer Jack Dorsey, who aimed to get the band onto the then-popular "progressive" band wagon. The band also recorded covers of a few songs they liked and these included psychedelic-sounding versions of "New York Mining Disaster 1941" by The Bee Gees, and Tim Rose's "Come Away Melinda". The self-titled album was released on the Pye label in January of 1969, who also released a single: a cover of The Tornado's classic instrumental "Telstar" hoping to cash in on the publicity surrounding the American moon landings taking place at that time. While receiving some radio play, the record did not sell enough copies to chart and a big advertising campaign planned by the record company to promote the album never materialised. Though the band did a bit of touring after the single came out, poor sales made Pye lose interest in the band, and they withdrew their backing. In the autumn of 1969 the group disbanded with the members going their separate ways.
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