49. THE CLIENTELE - '(I Want You) More Than Ever' / 6 A.M. Morningside' (Elefant Records ER-217) Dec 1999

Whilst I take my leave from the 60s for the next couple of months I'm gonna post fifty 45s that were released after 1975 that I recommend. I've got good taste and an ear for coolness so fear not my regular readers this ain't gonna be the 'end' of Renaissance Fair, more of a journey into the unknown (maybe).

In at number 49 is this marvelous record by English band The Clientele. It's the only record or CD I own by them (not sure why I've not investigated further??) Anyway i was in one of the local record shops in Newcastle and bought this as a new release back in 2000. Not that I knew what to expect or anything, I just took a liking for the cover....

(I Want You) More Than Ever is a very fresh sounding melancholic pop tune that brings those special Curt Boettcher songs to mind. This has a lovely melody, really beautiful.

The flip '6 a.m. Morningside' is just as good, perhaps even more mournful. It comes across like a mix of 'Sunday Morning' (Velvets) with 1968 period Donovan.

The Clientele sound 60s and they probably don't even mean to.