12 October 2016

Dee Eldridge - Joys Of Alicia/ Half As Much

Label: Major Minor
Year of Release: 1970

This is a very obscure and very late piece of girl-pop. Issued in 1970 but sounding incredibly like a mid sixties piece of work, little is known about the performer Dee Eldridge. The track itself contains everything lovers of the twee end of sixties pop enjoy - gentle, sprightly lyrical musing on the fate of a poor deluded unfortunate with a fey name, pounding drum-work, and bouncy catchiness.

Copies of this are difficult to come by now, and it hasn't really picked up a lot of love from popsike aficionados probably partly due to its relative lightness, and also partly due to its 1970 release date. However, it's deftly performed by Eldridge, and the chorus is worthy of the likes of Sandie Shaw. Nicky Welsh also does the usual solid job of arranging the track into shape.

It's unlikely to undergo a serious reassessment, but in a crate-digging world that tends to offer very little new finds of interest from this period, it's reassuring to know that there are still good singles out there worthy of fresh pairs of ears - and this, while not breath-taking, is certainly a cheering listen.


Anonymous said...

Superb Dave !!

Thank you so much

Greetings Albert

Anonymous said...

She was a member of the British dance and singing group the Young Generation back in the late 60's early 70's. They used to be on tv a lot in shows like Rolf Harris and Lulu.

23 Daves said...

Thanks for clearing that up, that's really helpful. I'm guessing it's this lot? http://www.45cat.com/artist/the-young-generation

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