The Famley Guitar Band – Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree

23 Aug

The Famley Guitar Band -Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree CB001 front

This 1st release by “The Famley Guitar Band” is sourced from a Q8 tape. They had six titles offered on Q4 reels and Q8 cartridges. No known vinyl exists. Little information is available about them or these titles either. It is thought that Ampex, who at the time was a large tape duplicator for the major labels, was behind this act. Wishing to grab a larger piece of the quadraphonic action they assembled a house band, probably from Chicago, and recorded these instrumental hits of the period.

So kick back in the bean bag chair, turn on the lava lamp and drift away.  Captain Beyond

Release: CB001

Source: Q8

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP/DTS/DD

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11 Responses to “The Famley Guitar Band – Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree”

  1. inquadwetrust September 23, 2013 at 13:36 #

    I’m adding that at least two thirds of you broke into the chorus on ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ – resistance is futile!

  2. inquadwetrust September 23, 2013 at 13:33 #

    Finally back in the UK with access to surround once more and what a nice treat this is whilst I catch up at home. It’s been too long quadraholics 😉

    Pleasant vibes abound from a clearly gifted pool of players whoever they were/are. Shambala is delivered with lovely soaring pedal steel and excellent drumming backed by a full and active sound field. Another contender for the quad-karoake disc should I ever get round to authoring one.

    I can almost hear the Maui surf breaking on the rocks whilst my coconut filled with pina colada seems to be bottomless. My mood has clearly been enhanced by the Maui-wowee and I am lounging in fine style to the deliciously 70’s covers band grooving away. It’s all in the flutes for me on this one – I’ll take panned flutes over panpipes any day of the week.

    Proof that guitars really can sing, or at least pedal steel ones can anyway. Tracking the vocal line this way is sometimes cluttered and a shade awkward but in these assured hands it really works. There is a lot of great work here, both in the musicianship and engineering as well as the quad mix. I’d love to know more about this mysterious act and their prodigious output – they deserve more praise for shining so brightly in a much overlooked genre.

    Captain – I salute you, I look forward to wherever it is you’re sailing us to next.

    OD – thanks for the hosting and I’m glad you’re still at work bringing joy to the ears of a great many avid listeners.

  3. ricll September 10, 2013 at 16:08 #

    Thank you very much!

  4. Owen Smith September 8, 2013 at 10:51 #

    I thought this would be a bit cheesy but not a bit of it. They play very well and there is excellent use of quad as others have commented. A great first release.

    I note some minor mains hum between the tracks. Is that on the original tape? Q8 has various inherent flaws but that isn’t normally one of them.

  5. capt2muchclutter September 2, 2013 at 01:11 #

    Really enjoyable, quite a surprise! Excellent use of quad, and it sounds like the house band at a Maui beach hotel. Thank you Captain, and OD of course.

  6. beukenoot August 28, 2013 at 19:26 #

    Nice demo disc for quad 😉

  7. ultimatetrouble August 24, 2013 at 23:57 #

    I am really grateful OD that you and CB have all these gems and are sharing. Listening to this release now and it is wonderful. I have the other Famley Guitar Band release you posted some time ago and love that one too. To bad there is no more insight on the artist. I so MUCH love the quads from the 70’s. This stuff sounds so amazing. Looking forward for more. 🙂

  8. joeerand August 24, 2013 at 07:18 #

    Fun! Thanks for this unique freebie!

  9. quadrophiliac August 24, 2013 at 01:51 #

    This should be groovy! Thanks

  10. Owen Smith August 23, 2013 at 18:37 #

    My grandparents had a lava lamp, but my parents never bought into that aspect of the 1970s. It was one of the old types deemed a massive fire hazard these days so we let it go in the house clearing after they died.

    • oxforddickie August 23, 2013 at 18:48 #

      I have one of the modern ones here, think i’ll turn it on tonight

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