Magic Lanterns, The
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Bilsbury - keyboards, vocals (1967-69)
(Mike "Oz" Osborne)
Rating: *** (3 stars)
Title: Shame, Shame
Catalog: SD 8217
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: minor edge and corner wear
GEMM catalog ID: 1224
The few Americans that know about this UK band
probably think of it as Ozzy Osborne's first band. By the way, Osborne's
consistently denied having had anything to do with this Warrington-based
The Magic Lanterns actually evolved out of The Sabres. The Sabres formed in the early-'60s, attracting a local following with their four-part harmony work. They also attracted the attention of music publisher Mike Collier, who brought the group to CBS. Starting with 1966's "Excuse Me Baby" b/w "Greedy Girl" (CBS catalog number 202094), the label released a string of increasingly obscure singles.
By 1967, The Sabres were history, leaving singer Jimmy Bilsbury, guitarist Peter Shoesmith, bassist Ian Moncur and drummer Allan Wilson to reappear as Hammer, followed by a quick change to The Magic Lanterns. Released later that year, "Lit Up with the Magic Lanterns" is a mystery to us. We've never heard it, nor seen a copy of it. Any clues out there?
Having scored a fluke top-40 American single with the release of "Shame Shame" b/w "" (Atlantic catalog 45-2560), Atlantic was eager for a supporting album. Unfortunately, Moncur, Shoesmith and Wilson refused to participate, leaving Bilsbury as the sole survivor. Collier quickly recruited a new line up consisting of guitarist Alistair "Bev" Beveridge, guitarist Peter Garner, bassist Mike "Oz" Osborne and drummer Harry Paul Ward. Unfortunately, whatever creativity the original band may have exhibited was lost, replaced by a series of hired guns, including Albert Hammond and former Family Dogg Steve Rowland. Produced by Rowland (John Paul Jones arranging several tracks), the cleverly-titled "Shame Shame" offered surprisingly MOR set of top-40 pop. While there wasn't anything wrong with horn-propelled material such as "Impressions of Linda", "Brunette Lady" and "Never Gonna Trust My Heart Again", it all sounded rather cold and calculated. Think of something from the Tony Burrows catalog and you'll get a pretty good feel for the album.
Shame" track listing:
1.) Impressions of
Linda (Findon - Shelley) - 2:35
1.) Highway of
Dreams (Alquist - Carter) - 2:43
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