Friday, May 20, 2011

Welsh Mod/Soul on Deram

THE EYES OF BLUE-Supermarket Full Of Cans/Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart U.S. Deram 45 DEM8500 1967

This was the second and final Deram single by Neath, Swansea Welsh soul/r&b aficionados The Eyes of Blue before jettisoning their mod togs for prog land (bah!).  Like it's predecessor, "Up And Down" b/w a kiler version of The Parliament's "Heart Trouble", it was released in both the U.K. and the U.S.

"Supermarket Full Of Cans" has had some degree of popularity as it is somehow popular on the Northern soul scene.  Don't let that put you off it's a great record with its uptempo feel, ace backing vocals and cool breaks (reminiscent of label mates The Quik).  Above all the track is very soulful.  "Don't Ask Me To Mend Your Broken Heart" is hands down my fave track by the band. Once again I can't help but compare them to their mod/soul labelmates the Quik on this one. Maybe its the raw but soulful vocals, or the mix of subtle organ and driving beat with some wiggy backing vocals but this number never fails to impress me, ever.

Six smart as f*ck geezers called The Eyes of Blue
"Supermarket Full Of Cans" graced Decca/Deram's "The Northern Soul Scene" CD but sadly its amazing flipside has eluded compilers, for now. The "A" side has seen multiple 45 rpm releases all over the world, some in ultra groovy picture sleeves!

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