By Warren Kurtz
In our current issue, June 2015, we feature acts including Hall & Oates, the Moody Blues, and Vanilla Fudge. Here are some lesser known flip sides from these acts to discover or rediscover.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
Flip side: "Open All Night"
A side: "Family Man"
Top 100 debut: April 30, 1983
Peak position: 6
Hall & Oates’ 1982 album, "H2O," contained their biggest single, spending four weeks at number one, “Maneater.” Early in 1983, the next single “One on One” reached the Top 10 as well. The only non-original composition on the album “Family Man” was released as the third and final single, which had been a minor hit the prior year in England and Canada for Mike Oldfield. The flip side of “Family Man” was “Open All Night” with Daryl Hall providing musical backdrop blending the drama of Benny Mardones’ “Into the Night,” with a touch of Motown, and a slowed down “Hold the Line” by Toto. The lyrics, co-written with Sara Allen, hinted at the “Say It Isn’t So” theme which would follow as the next single, with lines of denial “maybe I don’t want to hear it at all, it’s too far to fall.”
Justin Hayward and John Lodge
Flip side: "Remember Me, My Friend"
A side: I Dreamed Last Night
Top 100 debut: May 17, 1975
Peak position: 47
Beginning in 1975, Moody Blues solo albums released by the members included the Graeme Edge Band Featuring Adrian Gurvitz’s "Kick Off Your Muddy Boots" and Ray Thomas’ "From Mighty Oaks." Ahead of these albums was the pairing of the “J” members of Moody Blues, Justin Hayward and John Lodge, called Blue Jays. This album sounded like the next natural progression from 1972’s "Seventh Sojourn." The orchestral arrangements were lush and the vocal deliveries were pure. The album felt so much like a Moody Blues record that six out of ten of the songs were included in the 1994 five CD box set "Time Traveller" for the Moody Blues.
Justin Hayward’s “I Dreamed Last Night” was chosen as the single from the album with its full string orchestra and flute highlights. The flip side, also from the 1975 album and 1994 CD box set was “Remember Me, My Friend,” co-written by both Justin Hayward and John Lodge, who shared the vocals. An acoustic guitar was used on the verses which included the revelation “you don’t need to ask me if I’ll be your friend, I am.” The chorus shifted to powerful spirituality-enhanced with Justin Hayward’s electric guitar as they sang “walking on this earth and finding you.”
For the next single, rather than choosing the powerful opening numbers from sides one and two, “This Morning” and “Saved by the Music” respectively, a new song not on the album called “Blue Guitar” was given a chance. “When You Wake Up” from the album was chosen as its flip side, and the single peaked at number 94.
Flip side: "Come By Day, Come By Night"
A side: You Keep Me Hangin’ On (re-issue)
Top 100 debut: July 13, 1968
Peak position: 6
In 1968, for Vanilla Fudge’s second album, "The Beat Goes On," the group, led by keyboardist Mark Stein, took on Beethoven and Mozart selections.
For their prior year’s self-titled debut, they included Beatles compositions, which George Harrison was a fan of, and the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” slowed down and running over seven minutes. An edited single version, running less than three minutes, did not bring them to the Top 40 in summer of ‘67, as it did for the Doors with “Light My Fire.” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” stalled in the U.S. at number 67, with “Take Me For a Little While” on the flip side. In England it did much better.
In the summer of ’68 in the U.S., “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” was attempted again, with a new flip side called “Come By Day, Come By Night” and it went to the Top 10.
The new flip side, not on their albums, vocally resembled Atco label-mate Cream’s Jack Bruce. Tim Bogert’s bass throbbing sounded like rain drops on top of Mark Stein’s organ. Drummer Carmine Appice was given enough room for some drum rolls on this love song. With vocal harmonies and the organ backdrop, the sound, produced by Shadow Morton, was foreshadowing of a style to be heard later by Uriah Heep.
Warren Kurtz writes the column Fabulous Flip Sides for Goldmine's print publication.
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• Reasons for and against the Moodie Blues in the Rock HOF
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• 10 Minutes With Mike Rutherford (Genesis)
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• Flashback: The mysterious life of Henry Thomas
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