The Greatest Show on Earth -
Borderline, taken off the second
and final album from this talented
British brass rock outfit, "The
Going's Easy", released in
1970.The Greatest Show on Earth
are the subject of this weeks'
Dino Quiz. Even though the length
of this awesome song ensured that
it never reached "hit"status, it's
still one of the best known
"non-commercial" tracks of the
seventies, next to Ramases' "Life
Child" and Babe Ruth's "Wells
Fargo". The band were formed by
the Watt-Roy brothers, Norman on
bass and Garth on guitar, in 1968.
Their original vocalist was
American Ozzie Lane. Lane left to
return to the US, and was replaced
by Colin Horton-Jennings, a man
equally at home on the flute,
guitar and bongos, in addition to
being a very competent vocalist.
They were signed to EMI's
progressive Harvest label and
released two excellent albums,
both in 1970. On the bands'
demise, the various members would
later appear in a number of
diverse bands, from Glencoe to
East of Eden, from Fuzzy Duck to
Graham Parker, from Marmalade to
The Blockheads, backing band to
Question ( of the Dino Quiz number
149 ) : How many albums did The
Show on Earth release?
Prize: A copy of "The Going's
The Greatest Show on Earth
The Greatest Show on Earth - Real
Cool World, from "Horizons", their
debut album, released in 1970.
We've featured this excellent UK
brass rock outfit on many
occasions in the past, notably
their tracks "The Leader",
"Borderline" and "Love Magnet",
and they are already well
documented elsewhere in these
pages. What we will tell you,
however, is that this was their
first album for the progressive
EMI Harvest label and that our
featured track was quite a big hit
in a number of European countries,
where they were quite popular.
Their second album, "The Going's
Easy", also came out in 1970 and
was better than their debut.
Unfortunately, as is the case with
many excellent bands of this size
and musical style, they didn't
last too long and split the
following year, leaving two fairly
collectable albums that are still
extremely pleasing to the ear to
this day. The various members went
on to the likes of Glencoe, East
of Eden, Fuzzy Duck, Loving
Awareness, Streetwalkers, Taggett,
Marmalade, Bonnie Tyler, Vinegar
Joe, The Darts, Graham Parker and
Ian Dury and The Blockheads.
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