One&Done @ A&M: Sea Train / (self-titled) -- SP4171

JOv2

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  • Comments, questions, conjectures and stories are welcomed.
  • Released in 1968
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Notwithstanding that the group issued back-to-back self-titled LPs (getting a jump on Peter Gabriel) and that the CD release sported a different cover, I do believe the following is the correct music from the subject LP.

 

Harry

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According to Wiki, for what that's worth, their first album was called SEA TRAIN, and the second SEATRAIN.
 

AM Matt

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The 2nd self - titled album is on Capitol Records which has the song "13 Questions" in early 1971. Their 3rd for Capitol was "Marblehead Messenger" in late 1971.
 

LPJim

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There was a non-LP single, A&M 1106, "Caroline, Caroline" with "Suite for Almond."

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JOv2

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I listened to the LP for the first time and like it. The first selection comes on a bit strong but then the LP settles into some good melodies and thoughtful ensemble arrangements. The ensemble interplay is not unlike a toned down, accoustic Mothers. The 3/4 instrumental number featuring flute calls to mind Tull which, in 1968, was just beginning to pick up steam. I didn't spend too much time with lyric content (oh yeah, the wordzzz...), but a few snippets seemed a idiosyncratic, which was part of the '68 progressive break, I suppose. The Edsel CD does not include the non-LP single. A used CD it's quite pricy, which suggests there's a cult following to some degree.

They are definitely a very good band and I'm sure Herb must have appreciated the solid musicianship. Don't know what the circumstances were with their time at A&M; but that Capitol would release their second LP with the same title was peculiar to say the least. This must have drove the record shops mad (along with the one-stops) when it came to ordering "the Sea Train LP" that a couple customers asked about...
 

LPJim

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A&M single # 994 has two album titles, "Let the Dutchess No" and "As I Lay Losing." The first song is the LP version but the second is instrumental while the album version has vocals.

JB
 
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