Thursday, December 12, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Doing Their Love Thing" - The Nickel Bag (1968)

"Doing Their Love Thing" - The Nickel Bag (1968)

There is not a whole lot in the clouds about The Nickel Bag, but their gimmick was taking the words from famous poets and tripping it out a bit with really good soulful vocals and sometimes dipping them in a bit of pop-psych dust.  However, only a handful have that kind of flavor.  A little flute here.  A wee-bit of horns there.  A dabble of organ.  A sliver of sitar.  Some light fuzz in a few corners.  Kipling, Shakespeare, Byron and so on.  They all get The Nickel Bag treatment.  There are a few songs that trip rather nicely, though.  Mostly it's just straight-up soul-pop.  But it's the strange meter each poem has that...when set to music performed surprisingly well...gives the album a fish-outta-water vibe.  Nothing heavy or mind-blowing,  mind you.  But the vocalist (not sure who's credited) and everyone else sounds seriously committed.  It's kinda pop trippy and kinda pop weird.  Not for everyone, but I liked it.

"Doing Their Love Thing" (back)

"Doing Their Love Thing" (gatefold inside)

Kama Sutra label

"Doing Their Love Thing" (front sleeve)

"Doing Their Love Thing" (back sleeve)

"She Walks in Beauty" - The Nickel Bag / "Doing Their Love Thing" (1968)

TRACKS:
A1  "How Do I Love Thee" 1:53
A2  "A Red, Red Rose" 2:58
A3  "Lovers' Litany" 2:45
A4  "The Night Is Darkening Round Me" 3:24
A5  "She Walks in Beauty" 3:00
B1  "Shall I Compare Thee" 4:00
B2  "God's Gifts" 2:54
B3  "She Was a Phantom of Delight" 3:10
B4  "Tears, Idle Tears" 4:00
B5  "Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam" 3:50

PERSONNEL:
Gary Grappone - instruments
Lenny Messina - instruments
Vincent Nappi - instruments
Bob August - instruments
Larry Fallon - instruments. arranger
Bob August - arranger (A5)
Robert Butera - arranger (B1)

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers
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