Friday, June 6, 2008

Peter And Gordon - Lady Godiva - 1967

So many reasons to pick this one up. The cover is fun. The song "Lady Godiva" is fun because of the subject matter and the musical arrangement is fun as well. It has a banjo that reminds me of Kermit the Frog and that is a good thing. It also has a couple standard songs previously done by The Beatles which is of interest to me. "A Taste Of Honey" and "Till There Was You" and then there is "If I Fell" a great Beatles song.

Just by looking at the back cover you can sense the influence and presence of The Beatles on this group and on pop culture in general. Upon looking these guys up in I discovered that The Beatles connection was even closer. Paul McCartney dates the sister of Peter Asher who is the Peter of Peter & Gordon. This meant that these guys recorded a lot of Lennon and McCartney compositions. Many are ones The Beatles never recorded so as Allmusic puts it they sound a little like Beatles Rejects. That may sound bad at first, but even Lennon and McCartney rejects are better than most.

With all of that said the highlight of the record is still "Lady Godiva" their last big hit. The other songs have a smooth folk rock flavor to them, that may or may not be your cup of tea.

Peter and Gordon broke up in 1968 and Peter Asher went on to work for Apple records as their first A&R director.


01 Lady Godiva.m4a
02 The Exodus Song.m4a
03 Young And Beautiful.m4a
04 When I Fall In love.m4a
05 A Taste Of Honey.m4a
06 Baby I'm Yours.m4a
07 Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing.m4a
08 Morning's Calling.m4a
09 Start Trying Someone Else.m4a
10 If I Fell.m4a
11 Till There Was You.m4a

Here's the whole thing. Peter & Gordon - Lady

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