0015 Tribute To A Lost Love (Purity)

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Track 0015: TRIBUTE TO A LOST LOVE (Hodgson) 4:10 (PURITY) (c.March 1973)
Musicians: John Hodgson – piano, Michael Charlton – lead vocals
Recorded: Langley Studios (room 1) mono cassette recorder
This song was a tribute to Eileen Ritchie, a girl I had courted for a month in the Summer of 1972, I fell madly in love, as you do at that age, but Eileen dumped me and I worked through my despair by penning this lachrymose ditty.
The song consists of echoey dramatic piano and an impressive vocal from Michael, most of which was melodically improvised.
THINGS TO LISTEN OUT FOR: An eventful song, at 28 seconds there is a tiny gap caused by an erroneous pressing of the record button many years later.
At 2:06 you can hear Michael ask “now?” as he tries to ascertain from me when to come in with the chorus, rather reminiscent of John Lennon asking Paul the same question in the middle of “Hey Jude”. I'm not comparing Purity with The Beatles, that's for others to decide.
Finally, at 3:44 there is a few sounds as Michael knocked the microphone over, but most of it has been removed in digital post production.

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Fast Cakes aka John Hodgson presents "Legend & Lunacy" a 50th Anniversary box set of 1261 tracks celebrating 50 years of songwriting and music making with a variety of bands including Blitzkrieg Bop, Basczax & Makaton Chat amongst others. From pop tunes to indie anthems, all human life is here. ... more

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