Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Wonderfully simple... simply wonderful

In 1988, guitarist, Chuck Carroll quit the Young Fresh Fellows. Not really sure what to do next, the remaining Fellows recorded a dozen songs live in the studio and bootlegged themselves. The limited edition (1500 copies) label-less record came in a plain white sleeve with 3 Young French Fellows 3 scratched into the vinyl. There were also three LP titles etched there too. BEANS & TOLERANCE, WONDERFULLY SIMPLE… SIMPLY WONDERFUL and UPSON DOWNS. Take your pick! The band calls it THE BOOTLEG ALBUM so I guess that’s another option if you want one more. I prefer WONDERFULLY SIMPLE… SIMPLY WONDERFUL because that’s the only name you can read when the record is in the sleeve. Whatever you call it, it’s a great record.

Side one (wonderfully simple) is the rock side. Play this one at your next party. There’s an early version “Go Gorilla” which the band would revisit on a 45 a few years later.

Side two (simply wonderful) is also the rock side but the songs aren’t going to get the party moving like side one does. I hear John Lennon, Neil Young, SISTER LOVERS and Debbie Gibson (yeah, that Debbie Gibson) bits on here. And a never ending country-ish song.

After this record, the remaining Fellows considered ending the band and recorded an LP to be called THE BREAKUP ALBUM as a goodbye. Lucky for us, they changed their minds.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally off-topic, but can you repost Van Duren "Are you serious"? I never actually saw that the reissue happened?

30/1/07 10:44 PM  
Blogger KS said...

The reissue is still listed as "coming in 2006" on the Lucky Seven webpage. We'll see.

I'll try to repost ARE YOU SERIOUS? this weekend.

31/1/07 8:37 AM  

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