Bagatelle


Band members               Related acts

- Willie "Loco" Alexander - vocals, keyboards, percussion

- David Bynoe - bass

- Mark Gould - trumpet

- Fred Griffith - vocals

- Lee Mason - drums

- Marshall O'Connell - guitar

- Steve Shrell - sax, flue

- David "Redtop" Thomas - vocals

- Rodney Young - vocals

  

 

 

- Willie Alexander (solo efforts)

- Lost (Willie Alexander and Lee Mason)

 


 

Genre: pop

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  11pm Saturday

Company: ABC

Catalog: ABCS-646

Year: 1968

Country/State: Boston, Mass

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: minor ring wear

Available: SOLD

GEMM catalog ID: SOLD

Price: SOLD

Cost: $59.55

 

Singer/keyboardist Willie Alexander and drummer Lee Mason had previously been members of the Boston-based Lost.  Following that band's collapse, their next move was to form the racially integrated, nine piece Bagatelle.

Signed by ABC, the band debuted with the 1968 single "Such a Fuss About Sunday" b/w "What Can I Do".  A minor local hit, the single's success led ABC to finance a supporting album.  Produced by Tom Wilson, "11pm Saturday" offered up an interesting slice of soul-rock.  Musically the album features a standard mix of originals and popular covers (largely geared towards soul material).  Sporting four quality singers in the form of Alexander, Fred Griffith, David "Redtop" Thomas and Rodney Young the sounds quite diverse, bouncing around between conventional soul to Association-styled harmony rich pop ("Such a Fuss About Sunday" and "Hey You").  Highlights include Alexander's "Back On the Farm" and a stunning a capella "Every Night".  The fact there are simply too many covers and the absence of a distinctive sound ultimately keep this from being a classic LP.  Anyone know if this thing was recorded live?  The closing medley is obviously live, while their cover of The Impressions' "I've Been Trying" sounds like a studio piece until you hear audience sounds ...

"11:00 P.M. Sunday" track listing:

(side 1)

1.) Soul Man 

2.) Got To Get You Into My Life

3.) Shake

4.) Mashed Potatoes

5.) Such a Fuss About Sunday

6.) Hey You

7.) I'm Losing You 

8.) Back On the Farm  

 

(side 1)

1.) Every Night

2.) Everybody Knows

3.) I've Been Trying

4.) I Can't Stand It

5.) medley

    i.) I Feel Good

    ii.) Getting Ready

    iii.) Please Please Me

    iv.) Gloria

    v.) One Summer Night

    vi.) Crying In the Chapel

    vii.) In the Still of the Night

    viii.) I Only Have Eyes for You

    viiii.) For Your Love


 

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