Thursday, 22 May 2014

Stars On 45RPM: The Red Balloon By The Dave Clark Five (Columbia DB 8465, 1968)

The Red Balloon by The Dave Clark Five has been in my collection for a good number of years, a car boot sale find gifted to me by my sister, I think she found it for 5p!

Although I was familiar with the bands earlier hits Glad all Over and Catch Us If You Can, this one was unfamiliar, but not for long.

In the mould of those earlier Dave Clark Five tracks The Red Balloon (penned by singer/songwriter Raymond Froggatt who later wrote Cliff Richard's 1969 hit Big Ship) is brassy, raucous and stomping but with an inviting sing-a-long melody.

It was arranged by Les Reed and produced by Dave Clark.

The Red Balloon peaked at No.7 following its release in the UK during September 1968, it spent a total of 11 weeks on the chart.

The single also featured a great psychedelic inspired song Maze Of Love on it's B-Side written by Dave Clark and Dave Clark Five vocalist Mike Smith.

Different in sound to The Red Balloon its interesting to hear how capable the band were of moving with the times just as much as their contemporaries, although its not a sound they appeared to follow through with in their hits.

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