Friday, November 4, 2016

The Scaffold: Singles A's & B's

Scaffold was best-known for their many beloved singles released on Parlophone in the late 1960s, particularly their #1 hit “Lily the Pink”, a pop rendering of a folk tune about a real Massachusetts herbalist named Lydia Pinkham whose Vegetable Compound (designed for “female complaints”) was one of the most widely marketed patent medicines of the 19th century. Pinkham was a successful businesswoman in life and became a drinking song in death; not least because her Compound was a 40-proof beverage and remained legal during Prohibition.

Scaffold released two LPs with Parlophone in 1968 and 1969, one album for Island in 1973, and one for Warner Bros. in 1975; but with very few exceptions none of the songs from their singles made it to LP while the band was still together. See For Miles Records put together this handy compilation album in 1982 which gathers all of Scaffold's Parlophone A- and B-sides from 1966-1971, plus “Liverpool Lou” and “Ten Years After on Strawberry Jam” released for Warner Bros. in 1974. Most of these songs are included on an EMI compilation CD Thank U Very Much (2002), but the CD versions are all mono, whereas this LP features stereo versions whenever they exist.

2 Day’s Monday              
Goodbat Nightman          
Thank U Very Much        
Do You Remember?        
1, 2, 3    
Lily the Pink      
Charity Bubbles
Gin Gan Goolie 
Liver Birds         
Liverpool Lou   
3 Blind Jellyfish
Ide B. the First   
Carry On Krow  
Buttons Of Your Mind    
All the Way Up 
Please Sorry       
Ten Years After On Strawberry Jam             
Commercial Break           
Do The Albert

Album audio & artwork
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