The final selection from my first EMI album 'A Poem You Can Keep' and here by popular demand - 'Empire Lady' is a very '70s kind of track. Close your eyes and you'll see visions of flared jeans, cheesecloth shirts, unkempt beards and black and white TV. Sort of charming and scary all at the same time.
As you've no doubt gathered by now, when it comes to some of my early recordings, I'm definitely an unreliable witness. So instead, allow me to re-tell one of my favorite stories.
The 'Poem' album was released in the U.S. and I was invited over, as a guest of Capitol records, for what turned out to be a most enjoyable and educational month of gigs and promotion.The album didn't exactly change the face of American music but it was picked up by an important St Louis FM station which Capitol considered to be an encouraging sign. I recall drinks, merriment and much celebration. And speaking of signs ...
A week later, the station was hit by lightning and burnt to the ground.
Produced by Peter Dawkins
Arranged by Peter Martin
Engineered by Martin Benge
Drums: Doug Gallacher
Bass: Dave Ellis
Piano: Tony Esterman
Acoustic Guitars: Peter Martin & RR
Tambourine: John Sangster
Backing Vocals: Terry Walker, Mike Leyton, Betty Lys & Bobbi Marchini
© 2008 Coathanger Productions