Locomotive appeared in 1965 by the hands of Jazz Musician Jim Simpson, who brought big names of the Music scene in Birmingham in order to create a super-band. The name they chose, The Kansas City Seven however sounded to much like an old Jazz Band for a group that was playing Blues and Soul Songs and that wanted to reach the Top of the Charts. They were doing fine, getting a number of gigs in London, but in 1966 the Line-Up was completely changed, leaving Simpson alone to re-form the Band by himself (Mike Kellie went on to play with Spooky Tooth and Chris Wood was one of the founders of one of the bigger Bands in the circuit, Traffic). By Early 1967 the Band was reformed, and now playing with a Ska influence they released their first Single, which remained ignored until the Late 70's, when some Bands covered them and went up the Charts. In 1968 Simpson left the Band to become a Manager. Apart from Locomotive he also managed Tea & Symphony and Black Sabbath. During Late 1968, they released another Ska Single, this time getting a good number on the Charts (25) and stayed there for a couple weeks, enough fame to land them a Record Contract. Work their only Album began at Abbey Road Studios in the last months of the year, getting it done by the beginnings of 1969. The already obvious Musical evolution to the 70's made Parlophone hold back the Album, finally releasing it in 1970, completely ignored by everyone.
Best Tracks - "Mr. Armageddon", "Now Is The End, The End Is Now", "Lay Me Down Gently", "Rain", "The Loves Of Augustus Abbey, Part II", "Comin Down, Love Song For The Dead Che" and "Time Of Light And Darkness". A very good mix of Psychedelia and Jazz, fantastic compositions. Certainly deserved more attention than the one they got, unfortunately they were too far away from the period where they would have moved the masses. Not overwhelmingly good, but a great Album nonetheless. They have a nice Cover of The United States Of America, while not as good as the original.
- Norman Haines - Vocals, Keyboards, Organ.
- Bill Madge - Saxophone.
- "Mooney" Mazzone - Drums.
- Mick Hincks - Bass, Vocals.
- Bob Lamb - Drums.
- Mike Taylor - Trumpet.
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