Interesting to note that on the B side of this single, Shady Lady is also credited as being from the album 'Home'. However it was not included on the album until the April 2012 CD re-master when it was included as a bonus track.
The comment's a bit old now but I suspect that I meant I hadn't seen any previous copies about. I also saw them but at Dagenham Roundhouse in the early 70's. Yes a great band and favourite of mine. Their second album is brilliant.Comment by Scallywagjazz:
Not sure what you mean by 'common' Oakley Boys. The single is available on various music market places on the internet - although there aren't that many copies for sale.
I once read in ZigZag magazine years ago an interview with Laurie Wisefield where he commented that the commercial failure of 'The Alchemist' and the fact that Canadian producer Adam Mitchell was forced on the band led to its eventual demise and that this single was all that came out of their final sessions. Although it's interesting to note that the most recent CD release of the 'The Alchemist' also featured the track Hayward Town which probably came from the same sessions.
Saw the band twice at The Haymarket, Basingstoke in the early 70s - loved them straight away.
Despite the fact that the label states that the A side is from the album 'Home' the song is over 30 seconds shorter than the album version. Is it a different mix or different recording, or just faded early?
I'd change the A-side to [no artist listed], or whatever we're using for that.Comment by davie gordon:
This is a tricky one
1. the A-side appears to have no Home involvement, a more accurate credit would probably
be "some anonymous Barclays Bank employee" but that's a bit clumsy.
CBS probably gave Barclays access to the B-side as a means of publicising the group.
2. Noel Edmonds involvement seems limited to writing the notes, having his photo taken
and for suggesting using one of Home's tracks.
3. I'd be inclined to list the label as "Barclays Bank" rather than "none"
I've changed the A/B designations and amended the A-Side title to "Happy Birthday"
- I'll wait to see further comments before doing anything else.
Catalogue number added. Assume the 'SSP' stood for (something) Special Products'?
Tracks are the wrong way around, as the B side (as clearly indicated by the SSP number in the relevant run-out areas) is Home and 'Dreamer'. Also, the A side should surely be credited to Noel Edmonds, Home and Barclays Bank and titled 'Happy Birthday' - as label copy - or 'Happy Birthday 18' - as on front cover?