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Fiends & Angels (1969) - Martha Velez

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Martha Velez

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Side One:
I'm Gonna Leave You
  Date Performance: 1969-03-00, Running Time: 4:07
  Comments: Mono Version. Recorded at Decca Studio No. 1, West Hampstead, London. Brass Overdubbed at Morgan Sound Studios. Original Release: Blue Horizon #7-63867 (Fiends & Angels Again"). Courtesy of Warner Music U.K. Ltd. Source: Original analogue tape
Swamp Man
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 2:54
  Comments: Recorded at Recorded Sound.
A Fool For You
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 4:45
  Comments: Recorded at Recorded Sound.
In My Girlish Days
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 2:43
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
Very Good Fandango
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 0:38
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
Tell Mama
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 2:13
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
Side Two:
Feel So Bad
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 5:17
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
Drive Me Daddy
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 4:52
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 2:59
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
Come Here Sweet Man
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 5:09
  Comments: Recorded at Recorded Sound.
Let The Good Times Roll
  Date Performance: 1968-07-00, Running Time: 2:57
  Comments: Recorded at the London Studios, West Hampstead, London.
    Guest Appearances »

John(ny) Almond, Brian Auger, Duster (Tony/Anthony) Bennett, Dave Bidwell, Dave Bidwell, Jack Bruce (John Symon Asher), Jim Capaldi, Eric (Patrick) Clapton, Geoff/Jeff Condon, Keef Hartley, Rick Hayward, Spit James, Paul Kossoff, Christine McVie, Christine McVie, Chris Mercer, Mitch Mitchell, Terry Noonan, Bud Parkes, Pete(r) Shelley, Andy Sylvester/Silvester, Andy Sylvester/Silvester, Gary Thain, Derek Wadsworth, Mick Weaver (Wynder K. Frog), Stan Webb, Stan Webb, Chris Wood

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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John Cevatello (Engineer), Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley) (Songwriter), Clarence Carter (Songwriter), Ray Charles (Robinson) (Songwriter), Marcus Daniel(, Sr.) (Songwriter), Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) (Songwriter), Shirley Goodman (Songwriter), (Sam) Lightnin' Hopkins (Songwriter), Helen Humes (Songwriter), Jackie Johnson (Songwriter), Ernest Lawlars (Songwriter), Leonard Lee (Songwriter), Wilbur Terrell (Songwriter), Martha Velez (Songwriter), Lionel Whitfield (Songwriter), Terence Ibbot(t) (Cover Photography), Bettmann (Archives) (Back Cover Photography), Adrian Martins (Assistant Engineer), Leo Pollini (Assistant Engineer), Terry Noonan (Brass Arrangements), Derek Varnals (Recording Engineer), Mike Vernon (Production), Victor Kahn (Album Design), David Grinstead (Overdub Engineer), Derek Varnals (Final Mixing Engineer), Roger Quested/Questad (Brass Overdubs Recording Engineer), David Anstey (Liner Illustration), Terence Ibbot(t) (Liner Photography), Victor Kahn (Graphics)

    Record Label »

    Catalogue Number »

SES 97008/SHK 8395

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    Liner Notes »

Born and bred and buttered in New York

Wanted to be a snare-drum

Au revoir "Bon soir" et Debussy

Knew a gas lit voice once

Super "ooed" for Bobby Vinton amongst Ed Sullivan

Forgot the elephant's memory

Flirted with the bald soprano and nearly married "Hair"

Big brother held a company meeting but did not attend

Being reborn and bred and buttered in London

Fiends and angels offered their ears and hands in the service of Martha Carmen Josephine Hernandez Rosario de Velez

A Mike Vernon Production

Brass overdubs were done at Morgan Sound

Special thanks to rhythmic guitar force: Rick Hayward

Back cover photography courtesy Bettmann Archives

Printed in U.S.A.

Distributed by Sire


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Unbelievable album
Review written by ozzyzoe@yahoo.com, July 9th, 2007

Anyone would be hard pressed to find an album with more talent than this one. What an unbelievable late 60's blues album.

One of the 5 records I'd take to a desert island
Review written by Einar Einarsson Kvaran (eeklon@yahoo.com), July 26th, 2005

This is one of the all time GREAT rock & roll albums. I'm recording it right now to play on the radio and I just can't decide which tunes to use because they are all sooooo good. By the way, the heavy organ hand on some of the cuts mentioned by another reviewer is likey Brian Auger.

Janis Joplin fans take note
Review written by John Fitzgerald, September 10th, 2004

By all accounts, "Fiends & angels" includes a star studded lineup of guest musicians including Christine. Unfortunately, I have yet to come across a copy of this album that lists which song(s) she's on (or ANY musician credits for that matter). From the documentation I have backing up the claim that she is on this album, it also states that there is only one other keys player on these recordings in Mick Weaver. The tracks that have a thick organ sound, though possibly McVie, just don't sound like her playing style compared to the tracks that have a chunky piano sound which do sound like Christine to me. So I personally go by the assumption (until I can find better clarification) that she's most likely on whichever tracks I can hear the chunky piano chords on and the two that come to mind that have this sound are a typically commercial cover of Bob Dylan's "It takes a lot to laugh it takes a train to cry" (which shuffles along and is nicely heavy on the skipping piano chords) and the well performed slow blues of "A fool for you" (which to me sounds like it could include Stan Webb on guitar and the feel on it reminds me a little of the Warren Zevon penned "He quit me" from "Midnight cowboy" sung by Leslie Miller). These tracks along with most others have a pleasing Janis Joplin type approach which suits the admittedly dated settings. "Tell mama" (of course, covered by Janis herself), is Joplin fare through and through. This track thumps in just at the end of "Very good fandango" which lasts all of 30 seconds and is a solo vocal Velez cut that, just once you start taking it seriously as an operatic piece, she breaks in to laughter, presumably letting you know they're just messing around with a little fun and what better track to jump in to then "Tell mama"?! The opening rocker "I'm gonna leave you" I have seen listed in some places as being a track Christine plays on and there probably is good evidence out there to back this up which I'd hope to find a copy of but going by the musician credits for this track included in the various artists "The Blue Horizon story 1965-1970 Vol. 1" box set, she is not listed there as playing on this song so I must assume that she is not on this track if nothing else until I can find better "proof" of this fact elsewhere. It sounds most definitely like Eric Clapton on guitar on that one, a real highlight. "Swamp man" is an even more rocking punchy shouter, just when you thought the energy couldn't be raised an higher, there it is, blasting away. "In my girlish days" is an Elmore James type chugger, "Feel so bad" has slow funk music behind a slow blues vocals backdrop, this one is a grower so don't fret. "Drive me daddy" is an organ featured stroll (and this to me sounds like it must be one that Mick Weaver plays keys on but who knows?!). "Come here sweet man" features flute flourishes on this mellow, groovy, slow blues tune (Velez sounds more like Janis vocally here than on most other tracks) and "Let the good times roll" is a fitting pulsating close. This album demands a pretty penny these days in collector's circles but hopefully a CD remaster of this album someday with detailed liner notes will answer questions many of us have had through the years in regards to these sessions but that aside, the music rocks loud making for a good stereo spin.

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Discography entry submitted by Mary Anne & John Fitzgerald.