Lavender Hill Mob

Band members               Related acts

- Chuck Chandler - vocals, keyboards, synthesizers

- Vito Fiory - drums, percussion

- Gerald Hardy - vocals, sax, flute

- Ronny Jones - vocals, guitar

- Nicky Prigeno - vocals, bass



- noen known





Genre: pop

Rating: ** (2 stars)

Title:  Lavender Hill Mob

Company: United Artists

Catalog: UA-LA818-G

Year: 1978

Country/State: Montreal, Canada

Grade (cover/record): VG/VG

Comments: cut corner top right

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4721

Price: $6.00

Cost: $66.00


I don't know why, but more and more stuff I listen to these days strikes me as being unremarkable.  That also happens to be the perfect adjective for this 1978 release.  Unfortunately there's next to nothing to be found about this outfit on the web so the few facts I can come up with are pulled from the liner notes on their debut.  Apparently Canadian (the album was recorded in Quebec), the line up consisted of  keyboard player Chuck Chandler, drummer Vito Fiory, sax player Gerald Hardy, guitarist Ronny Jones and singer/bassist Nicky Prigeno.


Produced by Rob Stevens, 1978's "Lavender Hill Mob" (guessing their named after the late 1950s English comedy), was actually their second release (never heard the debut).  Musically much of it sounds like something out of the mid-1970s Chinn-Chapman catalog.  Quite commercial, material such as the title track 'The Ballad of Molly McGuire' and 'Please Tell Me Why' is quite commercial and catchy in a Prelude/Badfinger style.  Unfortunately there isn't anything original to be found on the album.  Simply because it's a little different from the rest of the album, the standout track is the Merseybeat sounding 'Make Up Your Mind'.  Okay, okay. I'll admit it.  'It's not the Spotlight' is irritatingly catchy and should have been a massive top-40 hit.

"Lavender Hill Mob" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Dream Away   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler) - 2:50

2.) The Ballad of Molly McGuire   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler - Ronny Jones) - 3:27

3,) She's So Good, She's So Fine   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler) - 3:06

4.) Make Up Your Mind   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler) - 2:05

5.) Please Tell Me Why   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler - Ronny Jones) - 4:35


(side 2)
1.) Good Lovin'   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler) - 3:00

2.) It's not the Spotlight   (B. Goldberg - Gerry Goffin) - 3:49

3.) Roll 'n Ride   (Ronny James) - 3:40

'4.) Rock 'n Roll Holiday   (Nicky Prigeno - Chuck Chandler - Ronny Jones) - 4:29




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