Greatest Show on Earth

Greatest Show on Earth

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This self-titled compilation features highlights from both Greatest Show On Earth (GSOE) LPs Horizons (1970) and The Going's Easy (1970). The band had been conceived by Harvest Records in an attempt to create a horn-based rock combo, such as Blood Sweat & Tears or Chicago. The label requested the octet to find a new vocalist, the multi-faceted Colin Horton-Jennings, who began to compose originals that would allow GSOE the additional material needed in order to replace the R&B covers which had previously dominated their live sets. The band included the talents of Dick Hanson (percussion/trumpet/flugelhorn), Colin Horton-Jennings (guitar/flute,/bongos/vocals), Ron Prudence (conga/drums), Garth Watt-Roy (guitar/vocals), Norman Watt-Roy (bass/vocals) and Mick Deacon (organ/piano/harpsichord/vocals). Their debut disc Horizons was all but dismissed although there are several uniformly standout sides including the single "Real Cool World", marked by its' open throttle galloping tempo and some equally pungent electric organ riffs, as well as the aggressive rocker "Angelina". The GSOE's Going's Easy (1970) became their second and final LP. The light and airy "Magic Touch Woman" foreshadows a similar treatment that the Hollies would give the track for a modest hit. The noir "Storytimes & Nursery Rhymes" also features some of the band's best ensemble vocal work to date. The album's stretched out opener, "Borderline", is a group composition that lifts from the David Clayton Thomas-led Blood, Sweat & Tears. Unfortunately the same fate befell the Going's Easy and with no consumer or industry interest, the combo separated by mid 1971.