documenting the optical sounds of '60s pop, Acid Punk & Psychedelia

Simon Dupree & the Big Sound – Reservations (Parlophone)

“Reservations” / “You Need A Man” (Parlophone R 5574) February 1967

Their previous single “I See The Light” was a very minor hit, due in no small part to the support of the pirate radio stations like Caroline and London, in whose weekly chart it reached the No. 12 position.

Certainly it had been sufficiently well received for the band to be rushed back into the studio – IBC rather than Abbey Road, for some reason – to record a quick-fire follow-up Albert Hammond’s “Reservations,” which appeared in February 1967.

Featuring another assured band performance, “Reservations” was a qualified success, with respectable sales and strong radio support.

Record reviews from the British music press:

This really is a big sound and South Coast fans will be rushing already to buy. It’s a hectic-paced basher, with organ-boosted backing, with repetitive vocal lines and a sort of do-or-die determination.
I don’t think it’ll be a massive hit but it’ll do well. Flip: Strong lead but rather samey sound. (Record Mirror, 25/02/67)

Disc & Music Echo, 25/02/67
Record Mirror, 25/02/67

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