CHRISTIE (YELLOW RIVER)
The Japanese and Chinese (Taiwan) produced their
own versions of the Christie records. Most of the albums and singles
came wrapped in cellophane, and sometimes other extras were included,
such as lyrics sheets and loose-leaf picture sheets of the artists.
Interestingly, the back of the Japanese album
sleeve is filled with copious notes on the band and also for each
individual song, unlike the respective albums from various other countries.
The text also mentions Paul Fenton, which sleeves printed in other
languages did not.
> The band Christie began with three players:
Jeff Christie, Vic Elmes and Mike Blakley.
Yellow River: The up-tempo song that was a huge hit in Japan and No 1 in the UK charts.
I Gotta Be Free: There is a pleasant soft touch to this tune and there are some parts which sound awkward but nice.
I've Got A Feeling: This is not the same song as on the Beatles' Let It Be. It is a different piece, more bluesey and very different to Yellow River, with good piano accompaniment.
New York City: The only piece on the album not written by Jeff Christie, this has an uptempo, bubblegum sound to it. Written by Vic Elmes and Mike Blakley.
Inside Looking Out: There are country and western elements here, with pleasant guitar work.
Put Your Money Down: Sounds good, sounds wild, reminiscent of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Down the Mississippi Line: This was on the B-side to Yellow River. It has a southern USA flavour.
San Bernadino: This is the follow-up to Yellow River, a new big hit sound at the moment. Everyone will like the straight and simple style with good chorus line.
Country Boy: This has the sounds of the golden days with simple, bluesy feeling and nice piano and guitar work.
Johnny One Time: Medium tempo and wild taste! There are some soft aspects of the chorus which balance the rockier parts of the song.
Coming Home Tonight: A different atmosphere to this song. The piano is impressive.
Here I Am: The B-side to San Bernadino, and harks back to the 1950s and the sounds of Little Richard and Chuck Berry. You will understand when you listen to Jeff's shouting vocals and the rolling piano.
Until The Dawn: Completely different to all the other songs, this is a ballad with a beautiful melody, making use of simple beats and lovely chorus.