DROP YOUR SILVER IN MY TAMBOURINE
THE CLIVE ALLAN ORCHESTRA & SINGERS – “Green Tambourine” (Avenue Records AVE 50) 1968
I’m fairly new to the delights of the budget LPs on various labels such as Marble Arch, Deacon, MFP, Hallmark and several others. This is my introduction to the tiny Avenue Records label, operating out of Chingford, London.
There is a very informative website uncovering the names of the professional musicians and singers involved in this project as well as highlighting the releases during it’s short life-span.
Now that Avenue Records are on my radar I will endeavour to source more of their vintage vinyl over the coming months / years. I’m led to believe that some of their earlier releases are difficult to find mainly because the distribution didn’t really get beyond the London area.
The Clive Allan Orchestra was actually Alan Caddy, who would later put his own name to his recordings.
Avenue Recordings used several professional musicians who would further their own careers in well respected groups, Savoy Brown, Foghat and Uriah Heep. Perhaps the full story may never be known because many of the main players have since died.
First up is their version of “Green Tambourine” originally a hit for The Lemon Pipers.