LP - The Poppy Family featuring Susan Jacks - Which way you goin' Billy?
2015 release. Granadilla Music present a reissue of The Poppy Family's Which Way You Goin' Billy, featuring Susan Jacks, originally released in 1969. Some may be familiar with the Canadian pop singer Terry Jacks who released an utterly successful, yet greasy ballad, called "Seasons In The Sun" in 1974. It became an instant hit and it possessed a depth and quality most pop tune writers and producers would go crazy for. But that was just a later milestone of Terry's career as a pop musician. Years before, in the mid-to-late '60s, he found his soulmate in his later wife Susan and, following a series of live performances, formed a beautiful band named The Poppy Family with her and a few like-minded souls. This is the contemporary pop music of 1969 with a few turns into psychedelic fields. There are lush arrangements with accessible rhythms, string and brass sections to boost up the heart-warming, gentle, and joyful vocal melody of Mrs. Jacks on the opening track "That's Where I Went Wrong" and still, you can feel the same sense of melancholy Terry Jacks spiced up with his later evergreen hit tune. "Free From The City" is clothed in a garment of Indian inspired sitar harmonies and drones and has a rather enchanting lead melody and a groovy, polyrhythmic foundation. A gentle Latin beat, sweet instrumental arrangement, and Susan Jacks's haunting vocals make up "Beyond The Clouds". Despite that, the overall mood is still a bit melancholic and desperate. Terry Jacks takes over the lead vocals on "A Good Thing Lost", which comes as a short-and-sweet country rock tune a band like The Byrds would have been proud of. Elements of French chanson, a waltzing rhythm, and another deep, contemplative vocal melody sung with a burning passion, once more with lush and fluffy arrangements, build the fifth track "You Took My Moonlight Away". "There's No Blood In Bone" is a hot-blooded, moody psychedelic pop song with fuzz guitar and mellotron lines supporting Susan telling another tragic tale. The mind-blowing "Happy Island", with its tabla rhythms and sitar lines, are reminiscent of classical Indian ragas. Still, "Happy Island" remains a Western society pop tune with a little psychedelic edge. Which Way You Goin' Billy has a timeless vibe of beauty, characteristic of many late '60s records. -Granadilla music (Germany)