Tuesday, June 6, 2017

More U.K. Tracks On U.S. Labels: Peter Sellers & The Hollies

PETER SELLERS AND THE HOLLIES-After The Fox/The Fox Trot (Instrumental) US United Artists UA 50079 1966

Possibly one of the most ludicrous pop pairings of the 60's was The Hollies and Peter Sellers on a track cut for the 1966 film "After The Fox". Written by David Bacharach and Hal David it's a pretty innocuous track with Alan Clarke singing and Peter Sellers interjecting with spoken word bits in his varying voices in response. It's also notable as it featured Graham Bond Organization bassist Jack Bruce (Hollies bassist Eric Haydock was on his way out of the band at the time) and was recorded (May 10th, 1966) during his short time with Manfred Mann.

"The Fox Trot" instrumental though credited to "Peter Sellers And The Hollies", is presumably neither and sounds more like incidental film music. It strangely sounds a lot like klezmer music to my ears!

"After The Fox" appears on EMI's comprehensive Hollies 6 CD collection "The Hollies-The Clarke, Hicks & Nash Years" .

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