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- Trevor Billmuss -- vocals, guitar
- none known
Rating: 2 stars ***
Title: Family Apology
Country/State: textured gatefold sleeve
Grade (cover/record): VG / VG
Catalog ID: 5326
This one's probably amongst the most OBSCURE items in my collection of 35,000 LPs. I doubt there are more than a handful of Americans who've ever heard of this guy (though I believe he now lives in the States). In spite of serving as an opening for the likes of Blodwyn Pig, Caravan, and Yes he probably isn't much better know in his native UK. Even funnier, try finding a true review of this album online. After I wrote this blurb I decided to check around to see if I was being too harsh. Beats me. I couldn't find a single review of the LP.
Produced by John Anthony 1970's "Family Apology" has always struck me as being a very 'English' album. That means it isn't going to appeal to a wide segment of the American audience. Featuring all original material, tracks like 'Reflects of Lady MacBeth', 'The Viennese Carousel' and 'Last Afternoon' weren't really rock, rather labored in an area more appropriately described as pseudo-English music hall. Imagine Donovan or perhaps early Bowie at their most fey MOR and you'll have a feel for the prevailing atmosphere. Another potential comparison - a British Tiny Tim without the more irritating characteristics. That's not necessarily a bad thing, though if you were looking for something more in keeping with Charisma progressive orientation you'll probably be disappointed. Still Billmuss had a decent voice, some of the lyrics were interesting ('Ground Song' and 'Hungarian Peasant Girl'), and he was capable of writing catchy melodies ('The Flaming Bossa Nova'). On the other hand this ain't an album you'll be playing lots of air guitar to.
Apology" track listing:
1.) Ground Song (Trevor Billmuss)- 3:48
2.) Reflects of Lady MacBeth (Trevor Billmuss) - 2:00
3.) The Viennese Carousel (Trevor Billmuss) - 3:30
4.) Last Afternoon (Trevor Billmuss) - 2:45
5.) Sunday Afternoon In Belgrave Square (Trevor Billmuss) - 2:55
6.) Hungarian Peasant Girl (Trevor Billmuss) - 1:55
7.) Epitaph for Matthew (Trevor Billmuss) - 0:18
2.) The Flaming Bossa Nova (Trevor Billmuss) - 3:25
3.) Casual Friends (Trevor Billmuss)- 3:16
4.) Pousette (Trevor Billmuss) - 2:45
5.) Fishing Song (Trevor Billmuss) - 3:25
6.) Wise Eyes (Trevor Billmuss) - 3:55
A pair of rare and expensive singles and the man seems to have retired from the music scene. As I mentioned earlier, Vernon Joynson's updated "The Comprehensive Guide To British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963 - 68" includes a snippet from Billmuss himself: "He then moved to America where he informs us that today he is a very happy 'unfamous' man". I'm guessing he's an interior design expert living in Southern California. Actually anyone have a clue?
- 1971's 'Whoops Amour' b/w 'Sunday Afternoon In Belgrave Square' (Charismas CB-130).
- 1971's 'English Pastures' b/w 'Fishing Song' (B&C catalog number CB158)
As I mentioned earlier, Vernon Joynson's updated "The Comprehensive Guide To British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963 - 68" includes a snippet from Billmuss himself: "He then moved to America where he informs us that today he is a very happy 'unfamous' man". I'm guessing he's an interior design expert living in Southern California. Actually anyone have a clue?
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