Original Soundtrack

Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush [Rykodisc]

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The soundtrack to this silly late-'60s British flick featured eight songs from the Spencer Davis Group (most done, alas, just after the departure of Stevie Winwood), three tunes from Traffic, and a nice orchestral-psychedelic oddity from Andy Ellison (lead singer of John's Children). Heard in isolation from the movie, the album tends to highlight just how important Winwood was to the Spencer Davis Group, whose numbers are pleasant, almost stereotypically late-'60s London pop throwaways. "Waltz for Caroline," which does feature Winwood, is an organ-dominated instrumental that is identical to the cut titled "Waltz for Lumumba" on other SDG releases; "Picture of Her" is a ringer for the kind of songs Jack Bruce and Peter Brown wrote for Cream. Better are Traffic's more soulful contributions, especially the title track. The CD reissue has liner notes by scriptwriter (and authorized Beatles biographer) Hunter Davies.

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