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- Hilton Valentine (RIP 2021) -- vocals, guitar
Rating: *** stars
Title: All In Your Head
Country/State: Newcastle, England
Grade (cover/record): VG+/VG+
Comments: cut out hole top right corner; minor cover wear
Catalog ID: 6327
There's a strong probability you've heard this talented singer/guitarist's
work through his association with the original Animals line up. I'm willing to bet few of you would
have heard any of his solo catalog ....
As to be expected, the set vanished without a trace; followed in short order by
Valentine's solo career.
1.) Listen (Hilton Valentine) - 2:35 rating: *** stars
Propelled by strumming acoustic guitar and harpsichord (?), 'Listen' was a pretty and delicate ballad that showcased some nice multi-tracked lead vocals. Very upbeat and catchy with glistening harmony vocals. If Donovan could tear up the 1960s airwaves with far weaker material, you had to wonder how this one escaped notice. rating: *** stars
2.) Everything Returns To Me (Hilton Valentine) - 2:45 rating: *** stars
Showcasing Valentinie's pasotal voice, 'Everything Returns To Me' sported a brezzy English folk sound; not quite early Fairport Convention, but close. Once again the song had a nice refrain and producer Briggs arrangement was very nice.
3.) It's All In Your Head (Hilton Valentine) - 3:10 rating: ** stars
'It's All In Your Head' came off as Valentine's attempt to blend Dylan with Stax-styled horns. Kind of a slow bluesy number, this one found Valentine singing with a bit more energy than normal, though the song itself wasn't all that impressive.
4.) Little Children (Hilton Valentine) - 1:50 rating: * star
Side one's weirdest number, 'Little Children' sounded like a blend between a country number (complete with fiddle and Jews harp) and English music hall ... the song's charms were totally lost on my ears.
5.) Eyes of a Child (Hilton Valentine) - 2:17 rating: ** stars
Another slice of Donovan-styled sensitive singer/songwriter moves, 'Eyes of a Child' had a pretty melody (complete with harpsichord), and a dainty, classical influenced string arrangement.
6.) Sitting In the Sun (Hilton Valentine) - 2:38 rating: **** stars
Opening up with some pretty acoustic guitar, sporting an insidiously catchy refrain 'Sitting In the Sun' was one of those near perfect slices of late-1960s pop-cum-psychedelia. One of the album's best performances.
The album's most blatantly commercial number and my favorite performance, 'Is There Anything But Love' had a top-40 ready melody, some great horns (and I'm not a big horn fan), along with one of Valentine's most engaging vocals. Great tune that Capitol should have tapped as a single.
2.) Land of Children (Hilton Valentine) - 2:21 rating: ** stars
'Land of Children' displayed Valentine's vocal limitations. The song was also a bit too hippy-dippy for my tastes. I liked the chorus and the bright horns, but otherwise this one was forgettable to me.
3.) Run, Run, Run (Hilton Valentine) - 2:34 rating: *** stars
The chief pleasure derived from 'Run, Run, Run' came from the sparkling 12 string guitars, harpsichord, and the Jew's harp.
4.) Peace (Hilton Valentine) - 2:30 rating: *** stars
While you certainly couldn't argue with the sentiments, 'Peace' must have already sounded a bit dated when it was released in 1969. There wasn't a great deal to the song, but Valentine's acoustic guitar solo made up for any other shortcomings.
5.) Girl From Allemagne (Hilton Valentine) - 2:40
Only 77, Valentine passed away in January 2021. He has a web presence at: Hilton Valentine Official Website
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