Monday, August 10, 2009

Chris Farlowe - Paint It Black



Alright today we get the odd cover song from one time lead singer of Atomic Rooster & Colosseum Chris Farlowe. This is Mr. Farlowe before his prog rock career was set in motion doing a kind of gypsy version of The Rolling Stones "Paint It Black".

I've posted his voice on the devil's music already doing All In Satan's Name with Atomic Rooster back when i did my Devil Month....

Farlowe's musical career began with a skiffle group, The John Henry Skiffle Group in 1957, then The Johnny Burns Rhythm and Blues Quartet in 1958. He met lead guitarist Bob Taylor (born Robert Taylor, 6 June 1942, London) in 1959 and he joined the band Taylor was in (The Thunderbirds), recording five singles for the Columbia label, without much success. He then moved to Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label and recorded another eleven singles, five of them cover versions of Rolling Stones songs; ("Paint It, Black", "Think", "Ride On, Baby", "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction", "Out of Time"). His most successful was "Out of Time" which was number 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1966. His next four singles were also well received. The most famous was "Handbags and Gladrags" (which was written by Mike d'Abo), later covered by Rod Stewart and more recently by the Stereophonics).

As an English R&B star of the early 1960s, Farlowe released one single, "Stormy Monday Blues", under the pseudonym, 'Little Joe Cook', which helped perpetrate the myth that he was black.

His association with jazz rock group Colosseum began in the 1970s, recording a live album and three studio albums Daughter of Time, Bread and Circuses and Tomorrow's Blues (2006). Daughter of time is a very under rated album IMHO...

In 1972 he joined Atomic Rooster and is featured on the albums Made in England and Nice and Greasy. He also sang on three tracks of Jimmy Page's Death Wish II soundtrack 1982 and Outrider album Hummingbird, Prison Blues & Blues Anthem in 1988.

Chris Farlowe - Paint It Black

3 comments:

Donna Lethal said...

Good one, DD! Always loved the Farlowe Immediate stuff.

Planet Mondo said...

Check out the Johnny Harris version of Paint It Black DD. Starts as a slowly but belts out in the second half

Anonymous said...

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