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Saturday, August 13, 2011

Five Day Rain - Five Day Rain (1970 uk, fabulous psychedelic early progressive rock, 2006 remaster bonus track issue)

Five Day Rain formed in late 68 as Iron Prophet, a heavy trio comprising Rick Sharpe, Clive Shepherd and Dick Hawkes. They changed their name to Five Day Rain in early 1970, with the arrival of Graham Maitland and the beginning of the recordings we are presenting here.

The usual disagreement between musicians, management and producers led the album to be shelved (only a few acetates were pressed) and the band to split. Rick Sharpe, Shepherd and Maitland formed the short-lived Studd Pump before taking separate ways, with Sharpe joining glam rockers Streak and Maitland resurfacing with Glencoe. Five Day Rain was issued for the first time on CD a dozen years ago, with nice John Hurford artwork made for International Times magazine, but without both musicians and illustrator permit.

Our issue, made with the essential contribution of Rick Sharpe, uses the original running order and is enriched by a few bonus tracks: a Bob Dylan cover (Too Much Of Nothing) and four tracks recorded at the time but left off the purposed LP. Factory/Fleur de Lys connected early 70s UK psych monsters with all the right moves. Sounds like the aforementioned bands with a dash of Ogden-period Small Faces. Great guitar work particularly on the long trippy instrumental Rough Cut Marmalade."

1. Marie's A Woman - 2:54
2. Don't Be Mislead (Clive Shepherd) - 2:20
3. Good Year - 4:03
4. Fallout - 3:32
5. Leave It At That (Clive Shepherd) - 5:22
6. The Reason Why - 4:44
7. Sea Song - 4:13
8. Rough Cut Marmalade - 11:05
9. Lay Me Down - 1:16
10. Too Much Of Nothing (Bob Dylan) - 3:38
11. Antonia - 3:14
12. So Don:t Worry - 3:28
13. The Boy - 5:46
14. Wanna Make Love To You - 4:58
All songs by Rick Sharpe except where indicated.

Five Day Rain
*Rick Sharpe - Guitars, Vocals, Harmonica, Percussion
*Graham Maitland - Keyboards, Accordion, Vocals
*Clive Shepherd - Bass Guitar, Vocals
*Kim Haworth - Drums
*John Holbrook - Guitars
*Sharon Tandy, Lynn Maitland - Backing Vocals
*Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek - Backing Vocals

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  1. Thanks a lot Marios for this fantastic edition!

  2. Haven't heard this in a while. Many thanks Marios.

  3. Thanks for the update, I have it in the Russian edition Good heavy psycho-rock album..
    One of the rarest UK albums; just a few copies of this album were put out ,but soon after someone circulated 'white label' copies of it so beware of these. We had the album finished within a few months and we made up 25 test pressings that we were going to send to various record companies. These test pressings now fetch in the region of £1,000 to record collectors. Only 2 or 3 were sent out before POLYDOR records showed interest. (10 copies of this album were thrown away in error by Brian Carroll in the early 1990’s which has made this a rare album and Brian Carroll felt like an idiot!!!.)

  4. Overall an excellent listen this morning. I have to admit a certain ignorance around this period of music due to coming from a working family (with limited funds for the fringe). Thanks for the continuing education. I'm appreciative and eagerly anticipate.

  5. I haven't heard this album before but it looks promising. I'll give it a good listen later. Many thanks for sharing.

  6. album magnifique et variés. Que du bon. merci.

  7. The sample song is promising, thanks Marios!

  8. Thanks for this wonderful record.
    I don't but want to sound ungrateful but what is the logic behind posting single file albums. Their drawbacks are (a) if the download gets interrupted you get nothing even if you have downloaded 99% of it. (b)It is very tedious work to separate the tracks by using an audio trimming software.
    Please reconsider and thanks once again

  9. a few good songs on an ok album..thanks for sharing

  10. Thank you Remy,
    i've replace it.

  11. Hi Marius,
    May you post it in MP3, Please?

  12. Μάριε ένα ακόμα γαμάτο δισκάκι, σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ κάνεις φανταστικές επιλογές!

  13. Good album in prog. collection. Prog 68-70 —space,thousand s stars!