Band members               Related acts

- Tony Atkins -- lead guitar, bass (1967-70)

- John Beattie -- lead guitar (1969-70)

- Bill Chambers -- keyboards (1967-68)

- Colin Forsey -- vocals, rhythm guitar (1967-70)

- Keith Forsey -- drums (1967-70)

- Tony Judd - bass (1967-69)

- Peter Wood -- keyboards (replaced Bill Chambers) 





- none known





Genre: pop

Rating: 4 stars ****

Title:  The Light Is Dark Enough

Company: RCA International

Catalog: INTS 1118

Year: 1970

Country/State: UK

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: UK thin cover pressing

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4944

Price: $200.00



I wish I knew more about this UK group.  While they only managed to record one rather rare LP, during the 1967 - 69 timeframe they generated an extensive singles catalog that's quite diverse and commercially attractive.


RCA Records was apparently the brainchild behind the group with their rather transparent aim being to come up with a Monkees-styled outfit with commercial potential.  The original line-up consisted of lead guitarist Tony Atkins, keyboardist Bill Chambers, singer Colin Forsey, brother/drummer Keith Forsey and bass player Tony Judd.  Starting with 1967's 'Samantha's Mine' b/w 'Saturday's Child (RCA catalog number RCA-1589), the group released a string of nine singles that sold well throughout mainland Europe, but did little in their native UK and generated even less attention in the States.


Released in 1970, "The Light Is Dark Enough" offered up a mixture of earlier singles and new studio material, essentially serving as kind of 'best of' retrospective.  Interestingly, while the band's occasionally slapped with a psych label, musically most of the ten tracks reflected a distinctive pop orientation.  That was certainly the case for the group's better known works including 'Headin' For A Heatwave' (# 1 in Spain), a rather rote cover of The Beatles' 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' which went top-20 in Germany and 'Portobello Road'.  Mind you, anyone recording in the 1967-69 timeframe was bound to have been effected to some extent by their surroundings and Spectrum was no exception to the rule.  While not exactly acid soaked, tracks like 'Nodnol' (London spelled backwards), the Procol Harum-ish instrumental 'Walrus & The Horse' and 'Mandy' all showcased lite psych touches, though nothing that was a threat to their commercial orientation. Certainly part of the band's appeal lay in the fact Colin Forsey had a winning voice that occasionally reminding me of a Davy Jones bulked up on steroids (check out 'Glory' and the title track).  Similarly, the rest of the band were never less than professional with guitarists Tony Atkins and John Beattie turning in several nice performances on material like the rocker 'Jacqueline'.        


"The Light Is Dark Enough" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da  (John Lennon - Paul McCartney) - 

2.) Mr. Jenkin's Brand New Boots   (Colin Forsey) - 

3.) Nodnol   (Colin Forsey - Peter Wood) - 

4.) Walrus & The Horse (instrumental)   (Peter Wood) - 

5.) Glory   (Richard Kerr - Maitland) - 

(side 2)
1.) Portobello Road   (Marsh - Veal) - 

2.) Mandy   (Colin Forsey - Keith Forsey) - 

3.) Headin' For A Heatwave   (Roberts - Kinsella) - 

4.) Jacqueline   (Andrews) - 

5.) The Light Is Dark Enough   (Richard Kerr) - 


In addition to the singles and LP, the group recorded some material for a several films, including 1969's "The Reckoning" (they also has a small role in the film).  They also wrote and performed the title track to the British kids television series 'Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons' (no I'm not making that up).    


Keith Forsey went on to enjoy considerable success as a songwriter (you can blame him for writing part of 'Flashdance (What a Feeling)', as a producer (you can blame him for Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell" and The Psychedelic Furs "Mirror Moves") and as a film score composer.






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