6 February 2019

Pacific Drift - Water Woman/ Yes You Do

Lovely piece of simple, mellow hippy pop from Manchester prog outfit

Label: Deram
Year of Release: 1970

Here's yet another track that originally appeared on the "Great British Psychedelic Trip" compilation series, but since seems to have fallen out of circulation. Perhaps that's not too surprising. In those environs, it sounded ever so slightly unBritish - it was originally recorded by American heavies Spirit, after all - and shot through with a mellow, countrified sheen rather than the hooky, phased pop of the other tracks.

While it never felt as if it quite fitted in there, as a stand-alone single it sounds far, far better than I remember, and the group find a ridiculous number of things to do with the simple song structure. By the time the tinkling piano enters towards the end of the track, you'd have to be a dedicated misery-guts not to raise a smile.

The flip-side isn't bad either, with Pacific Drift showing off their more natural bluesy leanings. They were, in fact, a progressive blues-rock group from Manchester consisting of Lawrence Arendes on drums, Larry Harrop on bass, Graham Harrop on guitar, Barry Reynolds on violin, guitar and vocals, Brian Chapman on keyboards and vocals, Dave Davani on horns and Jack Lancaster on "woodwind". 

Deram honoured the release of an album entitled "Feelin' Free" which doesn't feature "Water Woman" or "Yes You Do", but is extremely collectible in its original format these days, and features some notable tracks. However, a reissue can be purchased in all the usual places at a much more reasonable price.

Following both the album and solitary single's flop, the band split and Barry Reynolds joined Blodwyn and Brian Chapman joined Chicken Shack. 


Anonymous said...

Thank you David !!!

Greetings Albert

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much. I'll put these in the file of their album that I just downloaded from elsewhere.
Take care, stay safe.