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Billy Milk
Billy Milk
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Re: zigzag
Aug 11, 2004, 11:44
one of my favourite spins is zigzag - soft rock classics from the mighty rpm records. it's faantastic, a truly unsung era in pop. here's the poop...

Inspired by the legendary music magazine of the same name, our next volume in the Lipsmackin' 70's series unearths the long, lost singer songwriter gems, the one off minor hits and radio play list favourites, that all deserved much more . These are singles from the early 70's that didn't really fit into any genre being in turns a bit folky, a touch proggy, a tad rocky, a little glammy, some poppy, country'ish - so an all encompassing name soft rock was coined to cover it.

The artists are predominantly English, all the recordings were made in England , and that too flavours the compilation . All unique sounds in a time of one off production deals and experimentation with new artists.

Some were the first vehicles before stardom (Leo Sayer in Patches , Neil MacArthur was Colin Blunstone, Chris Neil became a hit producer in the 80's, Jimmy Edwards from Guest & Edwards later with Sham 69 and Time Uk), others came from writer producers (Shine is Tony Rivers, Stormy Petrel is John Carter, then Mike Hurst and Mike d'Abo ), also the unclassifiable individuals (Laurie Styvers, John Howard, Clifford T Ward, Howard Werth , Ewan Stephens , Curtiss Maldoon (who later had a song covered by Madonna -Sepheryn into Ray of Light trivia fans !) and those who'd had a taste of the business in the 60's and were forging a new direction (Steve Ellis in Ellis , Lesley Duncan previously a well known backing singer, Tim Rose, Ray Fenwick from the Spencer Davis Group, the Sarstedts featuring brother Peter of Where Do You Got To My Lovely fame) .

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