McGough And McGear comprised of Scaffold members Roger McGough and Mike McGear (b. Peter Michael McCartney, 7 January 1944, Liverpool, England). In June 1967 they entered Abbey Road Studios with the aim of recording some demo discs. McGear’s brother, Paul McCartney, assisted on the sessions which eventually included musical contributions from Graham Nash, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Dave Mason and Jimi Hendrix, among others. The initial idea was then shelved and the results were issued as McGough & McGear. Sound effects, pop interludes and improvisation apart, it is McGough’s poetry which lies at the heart of the set, notably on the lengthy ‘Summer With Monica’. Here he is ably assisted by guitarist Andy Roberts (later of the Liverpool Scene) to create a sensitive celebration of past romances. Melody Maker declared McGough & McGear Album Of The Month upon its release and this captivating record has remained a highlight of its two creators’ respective careers.
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