CALUM BRYCE - 'Love-Maker'/'I'm Glad' (Conder PS 1001) 1968
This is such an AWESOME record but I feel like such a flake because I know nothing about Calum Bryce. I'm assuming that he was a solo performer but then again I see that 'Love-Maker' has three surnames in the credit, including the producer of this disc, Howard Conder. The latter, incidently, probably coughed up the cash for the record to be manufactured and released on his own label, Conder Music.Howard Conder was a drummer in various 60s groups including Joe Brown and the Bruvvers and The Baron Knights.
'Love-Maker' has that typically British mod backbeat with monstrous bass guitar lines, vaguely trippy guitar and some studio FX. What a sound they created with this one. So powerful and above all else memorable. How was this not a hit record?.....you all know why of course.....small indie label with no promotion = a long lost rarely heard jewel.
An original of this 45 will now fetch anything between £400 to £600, they hardly ever get offered for sale though! Recently, I found out that some enterprising soul has bootlegged a copy and this is what I've added to my collection. Sound quality and vinyl used is first class......just like 'Love-Maker' itself.