ARTIST: The Creation
TITLE: Our Music Is Red – With Purple Flashes
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Making Time (#49 UK), Painter Man (#36 UK), Cool Jerk, If I Stay Too Long, Life Is Just Beginning, How Does It Feel to Feel, Midway Down, Bony Moronie, For All That I Am
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Biff Bang Pow
LINEUP: Kenny Pickett, Eddie Phillips, Bob Garner, Jack Jones. Kim Gardner replaced Pickett (Bob Garner went to vocals). Then, after a hiatus, Pickett, Gardner, Jones, and Ron Wood (!) resumed their career for a few months.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Garage / psychedelic UK rock band influenced a smattering of musicians, and introduced Jimmy Page to the idea of playing a guitar with a bow. .
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The song “Making Time” alone, with that fantastic opening guitar riff, is enough to warrant the Creation a mention in rock and roll annals. The fact that Eddie Phillips played the guitar solo with a bow makes it legendarily influential. “Painter Man”, another great single, followed, and the Creation were on their way…to oblivion.
First, they replaced Kenny Pickett as vocalist with bassist Bob Garner, and brought Kim Gardner as bassist. They then covered a couple of American hits instead of focusing on their originals, and lost momentum, even with originals like “I Am the Walker” and “How Does It Feel to Feel” (here in two versions as they released different mixes for the US and UK). The US version of the latter song has great feedback (ala the Who), while the UK version is heavier on the drums.
By 1968, they were no more after a breakup, a rebirth (for the European market) and a final death (with Ron Wood on guitar as he was part of the Birds with Kim Gardner). However, they influenced Page, Paul Weller, Pete Townshend, and various punk and shoegaze bands. That’s why a collection like this is so necessary – to explore the roots of music we all know.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: The label Creation Records was named in honor of them.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yeah, there are different mixes on a new version of this comp.
GRADE A-: Yeah, there are a few covers I threw out, but this is vital stuff. It’s rawness paved the way for bands to eschew polish and blast it out.