After a couple of false starts and name changes, Flaming Youth were formed in 1969. Included in the line up was drummer Phil Collins (drums/vocals), Ronnie Caryl (guitar/vocals), Brian Chatton (keyboards/vocals), (Flash) Gordon Smith (guitar/vocals).
Signed to Fontana Records, they worked with renowned songwriters Howard and Blaikley who wrote and produced their only album "ARK2" The album told the story of a second flood and , no surprise, a second ark. With Howard and Blaikley's pop background (they wrote and arranged songs for, The Herd, Dave Dee, Dozy. etc. and many others) the songs were a little lightweight but well played. The album is a wild collection of styles and influences ranging from sunshine pop to heavily orchestrated, over produced prog that shows a band in the early stages of a career perhaps being pushed in directions they were never entirely comfortable with.
Despite some encouraging reviews in the music press, the album was voted "Rock Album Of The Year 1969" by the Sunday Times, and the release of the album in a fantastic triple gate fold sleeve, their career stalled.After the flop of their third single, both Collins and Caryl auditioned for Genesis. Collins, of course, was successful and the band split.
The album is now rare in its original form and is very collectable.
Brian Chatton would later play in Jackson Heights and with a number of other bands in the 1980's.
Ronnie Caryl has toured with Phil Collins as part of his solo band and has released a number of albums. Gordon Smith went to Europe and continued with his music career.
The track here is the first track from the album and was also released as the first single. It is probably the strongest track.
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