January 11, 2017 I Got A Story For You

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Stories, About Us, Kama Sutra KSBS-2068, 1973

There are a million stories out there about records and how they came to be.  This is a good one but it’s not all that unique.  There’s the part about the all-white group (Stories) taking an all-black group’s (Hot Chocolate) song (Brother Louie)and having the bigger hit with it.  Stories added a nice twist to that story by having the song literally about a white man coming in to a black family and taking away their daughter…

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Another story is about how Stories came about in the first place.  Michael Brown, who found pop success in the 60s with his previous group The Left Banke met Ian Lloyd through their fathers who had played together for years in orchestras.  They set about creating a new baroque/beatlesque rock band and called the group Stories.  About Us was their second album and it appeared headed for the great dust bin in the sky and Michael Brown left the group to work on other projects.  A previously recorded track that wasn’t on the album was released as a final single, and Brother Louie shot to #1.  Kama Sutra recalled the album and added the single to it and quickly re-released it.

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The last story here is how unintended success can ruin things.  Shocked by their sudden hit status, the group fell apart because covering British Soul records was not the direction they wished their group to go.  There was one more album, but Stories certainly go down as being a one hit wonder.  It’s true that the rest of the album sounds nothing like the hit, but original copies of this record without the hit are worth big bucks.  As it is here, it was fairly priced at $2…

Today’s Summary:
Cost: $2, $502 Remaining

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