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Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity – Street Noise

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Street Noise was released in 1969 by Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity, originally as a double LP. Includes, among others, covers of “Light My Fire” by the Doors, “Take Me To The Water” by Nina Simone, “Save The Country” by Laura Nero, “All Blues” by Miles Davis, “Indian Rope Man” by Richie Havens, “Let The Sun Shine In” and “I Got Life” from the musical Hair.

Driscoll covers this wide range of musical influences with ease and together with her highly emotive and subtle voice and Auger’s amazing Hammond, the album is a superb and thoroughly interesting work that should not be missing from any record collection.

Street Noise was a record that may have been fueled by elements from its era, but it’s certainly not stuck there, as we’re already well into the 21st century and the music here sounds as fresh and exciting as the day it was recorded.

The sound, especially on the fully remastered reissue of the album, and its deluxe packaging form a package for anyone interested in the evolution of Auger’s music, which changed immediately after this album with the creation of Oblivion Express , but also for those interested in Driscoll’s rather brave, innovative and exciting career, which with her vocal improvisations discovered entirely new ways of using the human voice.

Through this album I select the arrangement of Light My Fire, by the Doors, in an excellent jazzy performance of intense eroticism and vocal climax.

Tracklist

How Good It Would Be To Feel Free
A1. Tropic Of Capricorn 5:30
A2. Czechoslovakia 6:45
A3. Take Me To The Water 4:00
A4. A Word About Colour 1:35
B1. Light My Fire 4:30

Kiss Him Quickly, He Has To Part
B2. Indian Rope Man 3:00
B3. When I Was A Young Girl 8:00
B4. Flesh Failures (Let The Sunshine In) 3:00

Looking In The Eye Of The World
C1. Ellis Island 4:10
C2. In Search Of The Sun 4:25
C3. Finally Found You Out 4:35
C4. Looking In The Eye Of The World 5:05

Save The Country
D1. Vauxhall To Lambeth Bridge 6:20
D2. All Blues 5:40
D3. I’ve Got Life 4:30
D4. Save The Country 4:00

Written by: Dimitris Sigalos

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