Tuesday, 13 January 2009
Hot Thumb's O'Riley
I can't remember where I found this - probably a flea market in London some years ago. Released in 1973 on the Charisma label. O'Riley (Jim Pembroke) went to Harrow School of Art and later fell in love with a Finnish au pair in Finchley and followed her back to Helsinki in 1965. He stayed and joined a band called Wigwam who make up some of the musicians on this odd recording. Complete line up includes - Ronnie Osterburg- Drums, Mats Hulden, Pekka Pohjola and Mosse Groundstroem - basses, Jukka Gustavson - organ . Jim pembroke played piano, harmonium, bass, guitar, harmonica and vocals.
Definately an oddity which you probably never knew existed! I've featured it on my Boot Sale Sounds blog a couple of times with minimal response though it has been looked at and listened to over 6,000 times so it obviously tickled a few curious ears.
Here's one side of it anyway. See what you think.