A quite recent discovery for me (in fact, I just found out about this album yesterday!) but one that I had to share with all of you as soon as I could because this is really worth your while.

Kathe Green can be no more than a mere footnote in the history of popular culture from the 60's but let's just say it's one footnote worth reading and finding out more about her. Actress, model, singer, songwriter, this is what Rev-Ola has to say about her having rescued her debut album from obscurity:

Finding herself in London as guest and bosom buddy of Richard Harris, himself enjoying a spin-off career as a hugely successful pop star at the time, Kathe found herself singing Mark Lester's vocal parts on Where Is Love? for the soon-to-be-massive Oliver soundtrack. She was snapped up by Deram where she was teamed up with in-house whiz-kid producer Wayne Bickerton, arranger supreme John Cameron and the cream of London session players. Kathe wrote 10 of the album's 13 tracks, which recall all manner of contemporary female vocalists of the time, from Marianne Faithfull to Sandie Shaw to Dana Gillespie (with whom Kathe shared Bickerton'sproduction savvy, not to mention a couple of his tunes). She also turns in a lump-to-the-throat reading of Cameron's perennial If I Thought You'd Ever Change Your Mind.

The selling point for me was the album cover, a sort of Alice in Wonderland gone wrong which I find very suitable for the songs that comprise it. Oh, and the title is also very evocative of the mood permeating the whole album (Run the Length of Your Wildness, a piece of poetry bestowed on her by Richard Harris himself). Here is one of its more delicate moments: Why? (The Child's Song). Enjoy it.

Aural Labels: , , edit post
0 Responses