Flaming Youth

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Flaming Youth was a short-lived British act comprised of Gordon "Flash" Smith (guitar), Brian Chatton (keyboards), Ronnie Caryl (bass), and Phil Collins (drums). Their sole recording, Ark 2,…
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Flaming Youth was a short-lived British act comprised of Gordon "Flash" Smith (guitar), Brian Chatton (keyboards), Ronnie Caryl (bass), and Phil Collins (drums). Their sole recording, Ark 2, was an ambitiously packaged concept album, written and arranged by Ken Howard and Alan Blakely, a team better known for creating the unashamed pop of the Herd and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich. The project was the subject of considerable hype, but its new musical departure proved unconvincing and prematurely doomed Flaming Youth's career. The group were effectively disbanded when Collins successfully auditioned for Genesis in 1970.