The White EP

Saturday, 22 December 2012, 14:27 | Category : Reviews
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Various Artists – Fruits de Mer Records By Mark Waters From the opening chords of Cry Baby Cry to the final chord of Long Long Long, we have here a gem of a record. The album, with its two 7” EPs in a gatefold sleeve, is indeed white: white cover, white sleeves, white vinyl pressings […]

The Otherside

Rock musicians had their own unique views on god, the afterlife, religion and theology in the classic rock era. Parchment – Dobbies Song (Hollywood Sunset, Pye, 1973) The Joystrings – No Time To Lose (Well Seasoned, Regal Zonophone, 1966) Nirvana – Pentecost Hotel (The Story Of Simon Simopath, Island, 1967) Felius Andromeda – Meditations (Single […]


Friday, 30 December 2011, 16:22 | Category : Tv
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The British rock scene connected with the television industry in the late Sixties and early Seventies with surprising results. Do Not Adjust Your Set TV Times Cover including the Bonzo Dog Band (photo from The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (Magical Mystery Tour EP, Parlophone, 1967) Ben Carruthers And The Deep – Jack O’ Diamonds […]

Dave Slater – Focal Point, Apple and The Beatles

Friday, 18 November 2011, 20:02 | Category : Articles, Beatles, Merseybeat
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Liverpool band Focal Point were the first act signed to Apple in 1967 but The Beatles’ embryonic organisation did not yet have a record label. The group signed to Apple Publishing with their single “Love You Forever” / “Sycamore Sid” released on Deram.   Focal Point (left to right), Back Row: Tim Wells, Dave Slater, Dave […]

Focal Point

Monday, 29 August 2011, 13:43 | Category : Focal Point
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In early 1968 Focal Point were one of the hottest prospects in British rock. They were the first act signed to Apple Publishing, named by Brian Epstein and praised by the Beatles. The Strange Brew goes to Liverpool where Dave Slater and Tim Wells from the band introduce key tracks from or linked to their […]

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There proved to be great inspiration for British songwriters and rock artists in the late sixties and early seventies. The Strange Brew Podcast explores the greatest examples of this special genre. The Strange Brew is bored sitting on the riverbank when […]