Year of Release: 1971
Flying Machine were, to all intents and purposes, Pinkerton's Assorted Colours craftily continuing under a new name to create the illusion of being a new act. Pinkerton's had managed a number nine hit in January 1966 with "Mirror Mirror", but in terms of mainstream exposure their goose appeared to be cooked after that autoharp-tinged piece of pop faded away.
Once a number of members went their separate ways, the decision was taken to give the act a new name and create the impression of an entirely clean break, and The Flying Machine were born. Sadly, this made little difference to the commercial prospects of the act, who failed to reach the Top of the Pops qualifying end of the chart ever again.
Whilst it's not listed on a few discographies (noticeably, the "Rubble" compilation series fails to mention it) "Yes I Understand" would appear to be their last single, released in 1971 long after the beat boom had disappeared. Their adaption to the seventies is actually incredibly impressive, as "Yes I Understand" sounds like a great deal of the pop issued during the early part of the decade, all chipper melodies and rich arrangements, the optimistic, laidback sound of tracks like "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Grows" and "Me and You and a Dog Named Boo" apparent in its grooves. It's safe to say that this would have sounded very current, and not like the work of some old hands trying to give their career a resuscitation.
It wasn't enough, though, and there were to be no further singles from the act. "Mirror Mirror" would be their only success, and "Yes I Understand" such a footnote that, for whatever reason, few people can seem to remember the fact it even existed. Consider that wrong righted.