Saturday, 15 February 2014


FREDERICK JORDAN; Label: PYE; Format: 7"; Cat. No.: 7N 17615; Year: 1968; 
Country: UK

Obscure vinyl of the week is this British Pysche classic issued on Pye in 1968 from The Glass Menagerie.  They're one of those bands is pretty hard to find any info on but this is what I did managed to find on AllMusic (thanks to the original poster):-

After moving from their native Lancashire to seek commercial success in London, England, this psych pop quartet released a series of singles for Pye Records and Polydor Records without ever completing an album. Comprising Bill Atkinson (drums), John Medley (bass), Alan Kendall (guitar) and Lou Stonebridge (vocals/harmonica), the group made their debut in 1968 with the typically floral ‘She’s A Rainbow’. Two further singles followed for Pye in the same year, ‘You Don’t Have To Be So Nice’ and ‘Frederick Jordan’, but neither reached the charts. Transferring to Polydor in 1969, ‘Have You Forgotten Who You Are’ and ‘Do My Thing Myself’ failed to rectify their commercial misfortune. By now the group had adopted a heavier, progressive rock styled sound, which might have been better sampled on a full album release. However, despite the existence of an album acetate, Polydor declined to release it officially and the group broke up. Kendall subsequently joined Toe Fat, while Stonebridge worked with Paladin and McGuinness Flint.

The A Side gives you "I Said Goodbye To Me" - which is a decent-enough bit of Pop-Pysche penned by Harry Nilsson. Coming complete with false fadeouts, sound effects and Barry Ryan stylings which you'd expect from this period in time.  And if it was just that then you'd be looking at £40-£50 value - that's until you hear what's on the flip side!
What you get on the flip side is the full-on Hammond-driven Pysche-mod that is "Frederick Jordan", It's got more than a whiff of what the type of stuff Deep Purple were doing around this period especially when the guitars kick in. Currently available on a couple of Pysche compliations it's well worth checking out. And once you've heard it you'll understand why it's currently valued around the £150-£200 mark.

On this occasion I'm looking to sell my copy which is the demo - date stamped 7th October 1968, and am willing to consider all reasonable offers, and more than happy to ship-worldwide (unlike some on-line sellers who won't ship outside their home country!).

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