Love Sculpture

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Love Sculpture
Origin Cardiff, Wales
Genres Blues rock, psychedelic rock, psychedelic pop
Years active1966–1970
Labels Parlophone
Associated acts Rockpile
Past members Dave Edmunds
John David
Rob 'Congo' Jones
Mickey Gee
Terry Williams

Love Sculpture were a Welsh blues rock band [1] of the late 1960s, led by Dave Edmunds (born David William Edmunds, 15 April 1944 in Cardiff, Glamorgan, South Wales), plus bassist John David (born John David Williams, 19 January 1946 in Cardiff, South Wales) and drummer Rob "Congo" Jones (born Robert Jones, 13 August 1946 in Barry, Glamorgan, South Wales).

Blues rock is a fusion genre combining elements of blues and rock. It is mostly an electric ensemble-style music with instrumentation similar to electric blues and rock: electric guitar, electric bass guitar, and drums, sometimes with keyboards and harmonica. From its beginnings in the early- to mid-1960s, blues rock has gone through several stylistic shifts and along the way it inspired and influenced hard rock, Southern rock, and early heavy metal. Blues rock continues to be an influence in the 2010s, with performances and recordings by popular artists.

Dave Edmunds Welsh singer, guitarist and record producer

David William Edmunds is a Welsh singer/songwriter, guitarist, actor and record producer. Although he is mainly associated with pub rock and new wave, having many hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, his natural leaning has always been towards 1950s style rock and roll.

Cardiff Capital and largest city of Wales

Cardiff is the capital of Wales and its largest city. The eleventh-largest city in the United Kingdom, it is Wales's chief commercial centre, the base for most national cultural institutions and Welsh media, and the seat of the National Assembly for Wales. At the 2011 census, the unitary authority area population was estimated to be 346,090, and the wider urban area 479,000. Cardiff is a significant tourist centre and the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 21.3 million visitors in 2017. In 2011, Cardiff was ranked sixth in the world in National Geographic's alternative tourist destinations.



Love Sculpture was founded in Cardiff in 1966 by former members of The Human Beans. [2] The group disbanded in 1970, although Edmunds went on to enjoy solo success in the 1970s. Love Sculpture mostly performed blues standards, slightly revved-up, but still close to the originals. Their debut album, Blues Helping, included such songs as "Summertime" and "Wang Dang Doodle".

"Summertime" is an aria composed in 1934 by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. The lyrics are by DuBose Heyward, the author of the novel Porgy on which the opera was based, although the song is also co-credited to Ira Gershwin by ASCAP.

"Wang Dang Doodle" is a blues song written by Willie Dixon. Music critic Mike Rowe calls it a party song in an urban style with its massive, rolling, exciting beat. It was first recorded by Howlin' Wolf in 1960 and released by Chess Records in 1961. In 1965, Dixon and Leonard Chess persuaded Koko Taylor to record it for Checker Records, a Chess subsidiary. Taylor's rendition quickly became a hit, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard R&B chart and number 58 on the pop chart. "Wang Dang Doodle" became a blues standard and has been recorded by various artists.

They are best known for their 1968 novelty hit in the UK Singles Chart, a high speed cover version of the classical piece "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khachaturian, released on the Parlophone label (R 5744), which reached No. 5 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1968. [3] The recording was inspired by Keith Emerson's classical rearrangements. [4] "Sabre Dance" became a hit after receiving air play by British DJ John Peel, who was so impressed that he played it twice in one programme. [4] In December 1968, the UK music magazine, NME , reported that Love Sculpture had signed a US recording contract with London Records, guaranteeing £250,000. [5] The band were also given an invitation to perform "Sabre Dance" live, on the German Beat-Club television programme of Radio Bremen, being broadcast in monochrome at that time.

UK Singles Chart British singles sales chart

The UK Singles Chart is compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC), on behalf of the British record industry, listing the top-selling singles in the United Kingdom, based upon physical sales, paid-for downloads and streaming. The Official Chart, broadcast on BBC Radio 1 and MTV, is the UK music industry's recognised official measure of singles and albums popularity because it is the most comprehensive research panel of its kind, today surveying over 15,000 retailers and digital services daily, capturing 99.9% of all singles consumed in Britain across the week, and over 98% of albums. To be eligible for the chart, a single is currently defined by the Official Charts Company (OCC) as either a 'single bundle' having no more than four tracks and not lasting longer than 25 minutes or one digital audio track not longer than 15 minutes with a minimum sale price of 40 pence. The rules have changed many times as technology has developed, the most notable being the inclusion of digital downloads in 2005 and streaming in July 2014.

Cover version later version of a song already established with a different earlier performer

In popular music, a cover version, cover song, revival, or simply cover, is a new performance or recording by someone other than the original artist or composer of a previously recorded, commercially released song.

Sabre Dance Movement in Khachaturians ballet Gayane

"Sabre Dance" is a movement in the final act of Aram Khachaturian's ballet Gayane (1942), where the dancers display their skill with sabres. It is Khachaturian's best known and most recognizable work. He apparently felt that its popularity "deflected attention from his other works."

This was followed by a second album Forms and Feelings, with songs including: "In The Land of the Few", "Farandole", "People People", "Seagull (West Coast Oil Tragedy)", written by Paul Korda, and the equally fast cover of Chuck Berry's "You Can't Catch Me". The US version of the album also featured a recording of "Mars" from Gustav Holst's The Planets , but Holst's estate refused to license the tune for the UK version.

Paul Korda is an English songwriter, singer, musician, and actor. He has been writing and performing music since the 1960s. His songs have been covered by artists such as Roger Daltrey, Dave Edmunds, Frankie Valli, and Love Sculpture.

Chuck Berry American rock-and-roll guitarist, singer, songwriter

Charles Edward Anderson Berry was an American singer and songwriter, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. With songs such as "Maybellene" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "Rock and Roll Music" (1957) and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), Berry refined and developed rhythm and blues into the major elements that made rock and roll distinctive. Writing lyrics that focused on teen life and consumerism, and developing a music style that included guitar solos and showmanship, Berry was a major influence on subsequent rock music.

"You Can't Catch Me" is a song written and recorded by Chuck Berry, released as a single in 1956.

They recorded three times for BBC Radio 1's John Peel sessions in 1968 (twice) and 1969. [6]

BBC Radio 1 British national radio station

BBC Radio 1 is one of the BBC's two flagship radio stations, specialising in modern popular music and current chart hits throughout the day. Radio 1 provides alternative genres after 7 pm, including electronica, dance, hip hop, rock and indie. The choice of music and presenting style is entirely that of programme hosts, however those who present in the daytime have to rotate a number of songs a specific number of times per week. It was launched in 1967 to meet the demand for music generated by pirate radio stations, when the average age of the UK population was 27. The BBC claim that they target the 15–29 age group, and the average age of its UK audience since 2009 is 30. BBC Radio 1 started 24-hour broadcasting on 1 May 1991.

John Peel English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist

John Robert Parker Ravenscroft,, known professionally as John Peel, was an English disc jockey, radio presenter, record producer and journalist. He was the longest serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967 until his death in 2004.

In 1970 Mickey Gee joined the band as a second guitarist, and Terry Williams replaced Rob Jones on drums. [7]

Michael Richard 'Mickey' Gee was a rock and roll guitarist who played alongside some of the most prominent Welsh musicians of the last forty years.

Terrence "Terry" Williams is a retired Welsh rock drummer, whose résumé includes work for Dire Straits, Dave Edmunds/Rockpile and Man.

Love Sculpture split up after a US tour, having recorded two albums. Edmunds shortly went on to further number one hit success with "I Hear You Knocking", and collaborated heavily with ex-Brinsley Schwarz bassist Nick Lowe, eventually forming the band Rockpile with him.



Blues Helping – (December 1968) – Parlophone

  1. "The Stumble" (Freddy King, Sonny Thompson) (shown as "Stumble" on cover, "The Stumble" on label)
  2. "3 O'Clock Blues" (B. B. King, Jules Taub)
  3. "I Believe to My Soul" (Ray Charles)
  4. "So Unkind" (Elmore James, Marshall Sehorn)
  5. "Summertime" (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward)
  6. "On The Road Again" (Floyd Jones, Alan Wilson)
  7. "Don't Answer the Door" (James Franklin Johnson)
  8. "Wang-Dang-Doodle" (Willie Dixon)
  9. "Come Back Baby" (Ray Charles)
  10. "Shake Your Hips" (Slim Harpo)
  11. "Blues Helping" (John David Williams, Dave Edmunds, Rob Jones)

2007 Esoteric Records release Bonus Tracks

  1. "Morning Dew" (Human Beans)
  2. "It's A Wonder" (Human Beans)
  3. "River To Another Day" (Single)
  4. "Brand New Woman" (Single)

(released in the US in mid-1969 on Motown's new Rare Earth label (RS-505), with a different cover design)

Forms and Feelings – (January 1970) – Parlophone

  1. "In the Land of the Few" (Mike Finesilver, Pete Ker, Dave Edmunds) – 3:55
  2. "Seagull" (Paul Korda) – 3:28
  3. "Nobody's Talking" (Finesilver, Ker) – 3:37
  4. "Why (How Now)" (Finesilver, Ker) – 7:42
  5. "Farandole" (Georges Bizet, arr. Edmunds) – 3:42
  6. "You Can't Catch Me" (Chuck Berry) – 3:25
  7. "People People" (Finesilver, Ker) – 3:23
  8. "Mars" (Gustav Holst) – 1:58 (US version only)
  9. "Sabre Dance" (Aram Khachaturian, arr. Edmunds) – 11:12

2007 Esoteric Records release Bonus Tracks

  1. "Think Of Love"
  2. "Seagull" (Mono Single Version)
  3. "Farandole (Mono Single Version)
  4. "In The Land Of The Few" (Mono Single Version)
  5. "People People" (Mono Single Version)
  6. "Sabre Dance" (Single Version)

(released in the US in 1970 on Parrot (PAS-71035)

Both albums were reissued in May 2008, remastered and with bonus tracks (including the tracks from the two Singles listed below).


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