Tom Sellers (right) with Gulliver (right next to Daryl Hall in the Batman shirt)
The record I bring you today is a testament to always grabbing the album attached to a big hit (whenever possible) so that you might luxuriate in the neglected LP-only tracks.
In the case of the Assembled Multitude, which had a big hit in 1970 with their version of ‘The Overture From Tommy’, the rest of the self-titled album is pretty interesting.
The album, composed mostly of covers (two Beatles, two CSNY, and some others) is – as instrumental/easy records go, if not ambitious, not unpleasant either.
The group was the work of Philly composer/musician Tom Sellers, who had worked with John Madara, and was a member of Daryl Hall’s early group Gulliver (who did a cool pop LP for Elektra in 1970).
The track I bring you today is a Sellers original, ‘Mr Peppercorn’.
The track is, if not entirely Beatle-y, at the very least Beatle-adjacent, sounding like a pile of Beatle scraps stitched together by someone with a taste for light classical and progressive rock.
The song floats along on a whimsical, yet vaguely sinister theme, with basic rock instrumentation laid over a bed of strings.
I dig it a lot, and if you have a taste for the more interesting side of instrumental pop, this is definitely worth a listen.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.
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