Crabby Appleton: Go Back, The Anthology 2CD Edition : Review

Crabby Appleton: Go Back, The Anthology 2CD Edition : Review – Cherry Red Records

Signed to Elektra, they made their debut with the glorious ‘Go Back’, a hit single that married a mid-60s pop sensibility with early 70s studio advances to stand as a proto-power pop classic.

Discovering Crabby Appleton:
For many, Crabby Appleton might be an unfamiliar name. Admittedly, it was for me until I stumbled upon them in the vast archives of Now Spinning Magazine’s YouTube channel. There, I had reviewed the colossal box set “Forever Changing” for Elektra Records. Amidst the plethora of artists in that compilation, Crabby Appleton stood out.

The Anthology Package:
Cherry Red’s release of a 2 CD anthology for Crabby Appleton piqued my interest. The package unfolds into two panels adorned with promotional shots of the band. The booklet, a hallmark of Cherry Red’s meticulous attention to detail, offers a deep dive into the band’s history. It’s filled with memorabilia, interviews, and a 5,000-word essay by David Wells from May 2023.

The music of Crabby Appleton is a delightful blend of pop-rock with a joyous 60s feel. While the UK was witnessing a rock explosion in 1970 with bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, Crabby Appleton’s music harkens back to the late 60s. Their sound is characterized by keyboard solos, guitar interactions, and a Hammond feel. It’s not quite prog rock or hard rock, but it occupies a unique space in the musical spectrum.

Crabby Appleton’s journey is a testament to the challenges faced by many bands of their era. Despite their talent and the breaks they got, they couldn’t achieve the breakthrough they deserved. Today, with the vast amount of music being released daily, it’s even harder for bands to get noticed. But back in their day, radio and TV were the primary gatekeepers. If you didn’t make it there, your chances were slim.

Crabby Appleton’s anthology is a musical treasure waiting to be rediscovered. It’s a testament to the rich tapestry of music from the late 60s and early 70s. For those who cherish this era, this 2 CD set is a must-have. Dive in, immerse yourself in their sound, and appreciate the musical gems that often remain hidden in the annals of history.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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