For the first time on CD and from the original long lost master tapes, Larry’s Rebels 1967 album ‘A Study In Black’ and The Rebels 1969 album ‘Madrigal’ on the one disc.
Frenzy Music's latest classic Kiwi album reissue is a cracker. Larry's Rebels deserved their late 60s pop success, and A Study In Black is typical of its era – a grab-bag of polite covers, from In the Midnight Hour to Skye Boat Song.
But there's a mature, moody feeling in the original numbers Speak My Mind, Stormy Winds and the bluesy workout Flying Scotsman (plus the classic single Let's Think Of Something), and Painter Man's fuzzbox finish hints at the wild boys behind the clean-cut image.
After frontman Larry Morris went solo, the others carried on briefly as the Rebels with new singer Glynn Mason, and 1969's Madrigal has a slicker street soul sound, with covers ranging from the Beatles to Ray Charles and early Bee Gees – though the originals aren't as good, especially the dippy-hippy Little Fairy Michael.
Best tracks: Let's Think Of Something, To Love Somebody.
- Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.