Brass Monkey

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Genre: rock

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Brass Monkey

Company: Rare Earth

Catalog: R523

Year: 1971

Country/State: US

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: original inner sleeve

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5283

Price: $20.00


I’ll normally buy an album on Motown’s Rare Earth subsidiary without knowing anything about the artist since the results tend to be entertaining.  That was the case when I stumbled across it at a yard sale … 

Frankly I can’t tell you much about this group.  Even an Internet search yields little in the way of bibliographical information. Based on the back cover photo they were a quintet – five rather pensive looking white guys; one with atrocious tastes in neckwear.  Co-produced by Guy Fletcher and Doug Flett (who also co-wrote the six non-cover tunes), 1971’s “Brass Monkey” had its moments. Whoever he was, the lead singer was pretty good with a versatile voice that was equally at home across the entire album while the rest of the band were never less than competent.  Their genre of choice was hard rock, with tracks like ‘Goodbye Birds’ and the bluesy instrumental ‘Strange Days’ showcased a mild English influence.  Elsewhere the required social commentary ‘All Fall Down’ was surprisingly tuneful and subtle.  Certainly not the most original thing you’ve ever heard, but with the exception of the four throwaway covers (including an apparently Motown-mandated ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On’), the collection wasn’t half bad.  Be warned the album began to run out of steam on side two, which is where three of the four covers were.  Rare Earth also tapped the LP for an instantly obscure single: ‘Sweet Water’ b/w ‘You Keep Me Hangin’ On ’ (Rare Earth catalog number 5022).  

As far as I can tell that was their entire catalog – one LP and one 45.  Love to know more about them …

"Brass Monkey" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Sweet Water   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett) – 3:27

2.) You Keep Me Hangin’ On   (Brian Holland – Lamont Dozier – Eddie Holland) – 3:46

3.) Goodbye Birds   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett)  – 3:57

4.) All Fall Down   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett)  – 3:55

5.)    Strange Days (instrumental)   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett)  – 3:42


(side 2)
Keep a Little Bit Back   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett)  – 3:08

2.)  Stay with Me Baby   (Ragavoy  - Weiss)  – 3:41

3.)  Proud Mary   (John Fogerty) – 3:11

4.)  Bang, Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)   (Sonny Bono) – 3:22

5.) Sing, Sing, Sing   (Guy Fletcher - Doug Flett) – 3:28




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