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Trickster - 1977 Find The Lady



ARTIST: Trickster
ALBUM: Find The Lady
LABEL: United Artists
SERIAL: UAS 30132
YEAR: 1977
CD REISSUE: 2006, Strange Day Records (Japan), POCE-1068

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Phil Bates - guitar, vocals * Mike Sheppard - bass, backing vocals * Paul Elliott - drums, percussion * Colin Hewinson - keyboards, backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Listen To The Music * 02 Rich Man * 03 Louise * 04 Miles And Miles Away * 05 If That's The Way The Feeling Takes You * 06 Money Or Your Life * 07 The Song Will Always Be The Same * 08 Goodbye '65 * 09 Let It Lie


Background
Trickster were formed in 1976 by Phil Bates and were initially signed to the United Artists label. Phil Bates of course has links to the Electric Light Orchestra (Part II) and AORsters Atlantic. Dangerzone wrote an article on Trickster's 1979 album 'Back To Zero', and considering we are on a run of mid-late 70's British, Welsh and Irish releases (refer Gerry Rafferty, Rory Gallagher and Racing Cars, and soon Thin Lizzy and Electric Light Orchestra), this album is a natural inclusion alongside others from the era. If you hunt for this album, you'll find two versions. The first is this 1977 edition 'Find The Lady' released by United Artists, and the 1978 'Trickster' album released by Jet Records, with Don Arden having signed the band. 'Find The Lady' is the nickname for the card game Three Card Monte, which is why you see all the card-game paraphernalia.


The Songs
For a British band, they have a very American sheen. The vocal harmonies are top-notch, the overall sound like a cross between Charlie and American Tears, though at the lighter end of the scale. Keyboardist and songwriter Colin Hewinson makes these songs come alive with his intricate playing. 'Listen To The Music' sees Trickster rolling along with nice acoustic guitar picking and synths phasing everywhere. 'Rich Man' is a tighter more focused affair, it's got everything I love about this style of music. 'Louise' is a bit too soft and lilting for my liking, I much preferred the pomp of 'Miles And Miles Away' which is an album stand-out. Trickster deliver 'If That's The Way The Feeling Takes You' amid a flurry of acoustic guitars and a keyboard wash. 'Money Or Your Life' features more Hewinson goodness with tippy-tappy piano, while the sub-funk of 'The Song Will Always Be The Same' is the only song with a difference. 'Goodbye '65' is also a useful track with solid credentials, while the closer 'Let It Lie' is a massive symphonic extravaganza. Love it!


In Summary
Trickster's albums can be found online if you look carefully, and really should be given greater appreciation as they are super LP's from the late 70's. Along with 'Back To Zero', a Rock Candy reissue wouldn't be out of the question with this band.


Videos
Trickster - 1977 If That's The Way The Feeling Takes You




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Comments
#1 | rkbluez on January 22 2018 11:12:12
Great band had forgotten about them...I like the Back To Zero album a little more...I have these ripped from vinyl and have to pull them out and give them another listen...would love to see Rock Candy put these out...I think the Jap versions are OOP.
#2 | jefflynnefan on January 22 2018 21:22:47
Both albums are really good. Saw them live in 1978 as ELO's opening act. I went out the next day and bought their record. It has a different cover than the UK version. I just recently bought the Japan mini-lp CD's of the albums. I wish they would have been the jewel case versions though.
#3 | Explorer on January 22 2018 21:43:06
Same here, forgotten about these. Still got this knocking around on vinyl somewhere. This was an early production job by Martin Rushent before he hit it really big by producing the likes of the Human League and Joy Division in the early 80`s.
 
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