Week of December 1, 2002

The World of Oz

Personnel:
Tony Clarkson - Bass
Rob Moore - Drums
Geoff Nicholls - Guitar, Organ
Christopher Robin - Guitar, Piano, Vocals
David Kubinec - Guitar, Organ
David Rea - Drums

Album:
The World Of Oz (Deram DML/SML 1034) 1969
CD: Si-Wan SRMC 0077, 1998
CD: Progressive Line PL 515, 2001
CD: Repertoire REPUK 1070, 2006

45s:
The Muffin Man/Peter's Birthday (Deram DM 187) 1968 
King Croesus/Jack (Deram DM 205) 1968 
Willow's Harp/Like A Tear (Deram DM 233) 1969 

This Birmingham band were managed by Barry Class and their catchy debut 45, The Muffin Man, was an adaptation of a children's nursery rhyme. Its flipside, Peter's Birthday, was marginally better due to the fairground organ, which gave an additional dimension and prevented it being just another mundane pop single. Sadly this is just what their next two A-sides King Croesus and Willow's Harp were. Still their finest moment was tucked away on the flip to their final 45: Indian-flavoured Like A Tear with its delightful whispered vocal backed by an acoustic guitar and gentle tabla. David Kubinec went on to record solo material in the late seventies. He'd earlier been in Pieces Of Mind. Tony Clarkson had been in Nicky James Movement and Zeus.

Taken from The Tapestry of Delights - The Comprehensive Guide to British Music of the Beat, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive Eras 1963-1976, Vernon Joynson
ISBN 1 899855 04 1


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