THE IVY LEAGUE – SOUNDS OF THE IVY LEAGUE (MARBLE ARCH MAL 741) 1967

“Make Love”

A retrospective album of the Ivy League’s most successful period

This album from the Ivy league on budget label Marble Arch gave fans quick access to their early singles and three numbers from a rare EP called “Our Love Is Slipping Away” – which doesn’t appear for sale that frequently nowadays.

There is nothing on here that’s without merit, but as always, some cuts do appeal to me more than others.

Their break-through hit “Tossing And Turning” is masterful harmony beat, the moody “That’s Why I’m Crying” is an impressive vocal lament and the EP track “Make Love” is a cool up-tempo mod-beat number and is an indication that the Ivy league had it in them to really tear it up – complete with use of maracas, compact organ and wild guitar tones.


The Ivy League were originally a three piece vocal group consisting of John Carter, Ken Lewis and Perry Ford. They enjoyed moderate success with their early singles but by 1967 it was all over for the initial line-up.

Carter and Lewis left and created flower-power rip-off combo the Flowerpot Men who had a smash “Let’s Go To San Francisco” – even though they all looked incredibly corny dressed-up like camp psychedelic peacocks, their music is without reproach.

Sound And Vision purchase @ £6

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