Monday, June 30, 2014
W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Bruce Woodley: Friday Street Fantasy (1969) E.P
Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song / album at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny.
The one sided record jacket did seem a little strange at the time, and didn't look like a normal 45 release.
After doing some research at home, I discovered that the 4 track E.P was released with Bruce Woodley's children book entitled 'Friday Street Fantasy'. The fact that the E.P was was in mint condition and cost me a gold coin was a win, win, but if I'd known about the book, I may have also found it in amongst the bric-n-brac.... the icing on the cake so to speak!
The book was published by Paul Hamlyn,Sydney, 1969. Aside from the party-in-an-ornamental-photo-lettering-catalog cover shown above, it's full of wonderful illustrations and mysterious music…
The next song "Little One" is a lullaby, followed by a song about "Captain Grumblepeg", and his lady Mary Morningstar, who presumably lived there also. Finally, a song of hope with "Little Miss Sorrow" with her beautiful balloons, so I'm sure she’s not sad for long.
On the back cover, we meet Bruce, singer, songwriter and member of the seekers (a famous Australia folk group from the 60s). Apparently he was 26 when he made this album! The creators of the colorful illustrations in the book were Paul Corley and Jeannette Spencer.
An appearance by Bruce Woodley performing "Friday Man" was broadcast on ABC-TV (Australia)'s "Hit Scene" on December 6, 1969 and repeated 39 years later on the overnight music show "Rage". To see Bruce Woodley perform "Friday Man" take a look at the following You Tube Clip. Bruce is also interviewed by "Hit Scene" host Dick Williams about his current projects at the time.
Obscure recordings I have come across so far, and I hope you enjoy it. I have included as much artwork as I could find, along with label scans. I have also chosen to include the Hit Scene Interview video clip as an extra bonus. All tracks ripped to MP3 (320kps) from this crispy clean vinyl.
01 - Friday Man
02 - Little one
03 - Captain Grumblepeg
04 - Little Miss Sorrow
Friday Street Fantasy Link (55Mb)