I only heard this song for the first time the other day. After seeking out Alan Price’s version of Randy Newman’s Tickle Me, I stumbled across some recent footage of Eric Burdon performing with a line-up of The Animals that featured original guitarist Hilton Valentine. And after looking up Valentine on Wikipedia I discovered that he recorded a solo album, All In Your Head, in 1969.
Yes, isn’t the internet marvellous?
Anyway, as his album sold next to no copies he didn’t release anything else again. Which is a real shame because, as I’ve discovered, it’s a rather delighful folk-pop record that, while obviously of its time, still sounds remarkably fresh. The lyrics are a bit soppy and his singing isn’t up to much but I reckon it’s as good as anything similar from that period. In fact, it sounds a lot like some of the stuff that the likes of Tim Hardin and Graham Nash were doing. (And actually, this particular track bears a striking resemblance to Hardin’s marvellous Don’t Make Promises which was released three years earlier.)
Listen, the album’s lead track, is a lovely song that shuffles along very nicely while boasting quite a pretty little melody. It’s all very airy-fairy and whimsical, with a sweetness and innocence that you just don’t hear these days. Which is fairly impressive, considering that Valentine was a working-class lad from North Shields who had previously played in one of the sixties’ rawest R&B bands.