British indie label Ember released a number of rock albums and singles between 1969 and 1972, which today are much sought after by collectors of psychedelic, progressive and folk rock sounds. Many of the best of these recordings are gathered on Looking Towards The Sky. Foremost among the artists compiled here is progressive rock band Blonde On Blonde, represented by tracks from both of their Ember albums.
Tyrannosaurus Rex-style acoustic hippy duo Knocker Jungle and progressive folk group 9.30 Fly each managed one now highly collectable long player for the label. Fantastic Voyage has salvaged an exceptional track from Blue Beard’s album, which never got beyond test pressings.
The remainder of the material is taken from singles, ranging from the fuzzy psychedelic rock of Canadians The Dorians and the melodic folk rock of Paddy Maguire (backed by heavy friends Steve Winwood and Fotheringay), to the soul-rock fusion of Milt Matthews Inc, and from the psych-pop of our title track by Davey Payne & The Medium Wave and a collectable garage B-side by the otherwise pop-orientated Rusty Harness, to the rousing finale from Back Street Band. Looking Towards The Sky and its sequel (planned for later in 2010) complement Fantastic Voyage’s existing, highly popular compilations of Ember Beat and Ember Pop, with no duplication of tracks.
- Life And Times (9.30 Fly)
- Help For My Waiting (The Dorians (aka Dorian))
- Heart Without A Home (Blonde On Blonde)
- Losing You (Blue Beard)
- Goodbye (Rusty Harness)
- Doin' The Best I Can (Paddy Maguire)
- I Don't Know Why (Knocker Jungle)
- Reality (Knocker Jungle)
- Sad Song For An Easy Lady (Blonde On Blonde)
- Mr 509 (9.30 Fly)
- Good Love (The Dorians (aka Dorian))
- Looking Towards The Sky (Davey Payne & The Medium Wave)
- Disaster Area (Milt Matthews Inc)
- Circles [album version] (Blonde On Blonde)
- This Ain't The Road (Back Street Band)