Sign of the Times (Rubettes album)

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Sign of the Times
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Studio album by The Rubettes
Released June 1976
Genre Pop rock, rock & roll, Country rock
Length35:29
42:02 (with bonus tracks)
Label State Records/Polydor Records
Producer The Rubettes, Alan Blakley
The Rubettes chronology
Rubettes
(1975)
Sign of the Times
(1976)
Baby I Know
(1977)

Sign Of The Times is the fourth studio album by the English band The Rubettes. It was released on the State Records label in June 1976. [1] The album represented a significant change in direction for the band, as it was the first not produced by Wayne Bickerton and Tony Waddington - instead the Rubettes took on production responsibilities themselves, with Alan Blakley (formerly of the Tremeloes) as co-producer. The band made the decision due to the disappointing sales of their previous two Bickerton/Waddington singles and the desire to forge new musical directions. [2] [3]

The Rubettes band

The Rubettes were an English pop band put together of studio session musicians in 1973 by the songwriting team of Wayne Bickerton, then the head of A&R at Polydor Records, and his co-songwriter, Tony Waddington, after their doo-wop and 1950s American pop-influenced songs had been rejected by a number of existing acts. Waddington paired the group with manager John Morris, the husband of singer Clodagh Rodgers and under his guidance, the band duly emerged at the tail end of the glam rock movement, wearing trademark white suits and cloth caps on stage. Their first release, "Sugar Baby Love" was an instant hit remaining at number one in the United Kingdom for four weeks in May 1974, while reaching number 37 on the US chart that August, and remains their best-known record. Subsequent releases were to be less successful, but the band continued to tour well into the 2000s with two line-ups in existence.

State Records

State Records is a British independent record label, established by Wayne Bickerton, Tony Waddington and John Fruin in 1975. The label released hits by many successful artists including The Rubettes, Mac & Katie Kissoon and Delegation.

A record label, or record company, is a brand or trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. Sometimes, a record label is also a publishing company that manages such brands and trademarks, coordinates the production, manufacture, distribution, marketing, promotion, and enforcement of copyright for sound recordings and music videos; also conducting talent scouting and development of new artists ; and maintains contracts with recording artists and their managers. The term "record label" derives from the circular label in the center of a vinyl record which prominently displays the manufacturer's name, along with other information.

Contents

The Rubettes were a four-piece band by the time Sign Of The Times was recorded, as keyboardist Bill Hurd departed earlier in 1976. Tony Thorpe took over keyboard duties in the studio. [3]

The album contained two singles, both released in advance - the only UK single release "You're The Reason Why" and the non-UK A-side "Julia". [3]

In 1992, Dice Records (France) released the Rubettes' third and fourth albums (Rubettes and Sign Of The Times) as a double CD set. [4] In 2012 Cherry Red Records issued the album on CD. [2] In 2015, Caroline Records released the album Sign Of The Times, with two bonus tracks, as part of a box CD set of the Rubettes' first five studio albums. [5]

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Track listing

Side 1
  1. "Sign Of The Times" (Mick Clarke, John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 3:39
  2. "Dancing In The Rain" (Mike Gower) - 2:56
  3. "You're The Only Girl On My Island" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 4:23
  4. "The Way You Live" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 3:07
  5. "Not Now My Dear" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 3:42
Side 2
  1. "You're The Reason Why" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 2:34
  2. "I Think I'm In Love" (Mick Clarke, John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 3:06
  3. "I Really Got To Know" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 2:53
  4. "Julia" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 2:53
  5. "Highwayman's Lament" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 6:16 [6]

2015 CD bonus tracks

Alan and John*:

11. "Take Good Care of My Baby" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) - 3:23
12. "The Price Of Living" (John Richardson, Alan Williams) - 3:10 [5]
*Produced by Alan Blakley [7]
NB: All track times taken from 2015 CD

Singles

1. "You're The Reason Why" b/w "Julia" - May 1976 - UK #28 [1] [8]
2. "Julia" was also released as a non-UK single, b/w either "Dancing In The Rain" or "You're The Reason Why" - in March 1976 (France/Belgium) and May 1976 (several other non-UK markets) [1] [9] [10] [11] [12]

Bonus tracks single

Bonus tracks 11 & 12 were also released together on the following single:
* "Take Good Care Of My Baby" b/w "The Price Of Living" (as Alan and John) - January 1976 (German release) [7]

Personnel

Bass guitar Electric bass instrument

The bass guitar is a stringed instrument similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar, except with a longer neck and scale length, and four to six strings or courses.

Drum type of musical instrument of the percussion family

The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments. In the Hornbostel-Sachs classification system, it is a membranophone. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a percussion mallet, to produce sound. There is usually a resonance head on the underside of the drum, typically tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

Percussion instrument type of musical instrument that produces a sound by directly hitting it

A percussion instrument is a musical instrument that is sounded by being struck or scraped by a beater ; struck, scraped or rubbed by hand; or struck against another similar instrument. The percussion family is believed to include the oldest musical instruments, following the human voice.

Publishers (including bonus tracks)

Track 2 - Halcyon Music
Tracks 3 & 6 - Arlovol Music/Penny Farthing Music/Bucks Music
Track 11 - Screen Gems-EMI Music
Track 12 - Halcyon/Belwin Music [13]

Production and credits

Alan David Blakley was a British guitarist and record producer, who was a member of the Tremeloes from its inception until January 1975, where he started writing for other bands. His credits include writing various hits for the Tremeloes and co-producing the UK No. 42 hit "She's Gonna Win", with Bilbo Baggins.

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