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 are gathered on Summer Turns To Autumn, the companion to Looking Towards The Sky (FVCD041).
Foremost among the artists compiled here is progressive rock band Blonde On Blonde, represented by tracks from both of their Ember albums. Fantastic Voyage has salvaged two tracks from Blue Beard’s album. An early songwriting/production project for Bob Welch, who next surfaced in Fleetwood Mac, the album was only released in Italy, but the single Sly Willy was more widely available and is highly prized by collectors of funky rock.
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. The remainder of the material ranges from the fuzzy psychedelic rock of Canadians The Dorians and the melodic folk rock of Paddy Maguire, backed by heavy friends Steve Winwood and Jerry Donahue (of Fotheringay), to the soul-rock fusion of Milt Matthews Inc, here interpreting a Blind Faith song, and a previously unissued folk rock rendition of East Virginia by Polly Niles.
Summer Turns To Autumn and Looking Towards The Sky complement Fantastic Voyage’s existing, highly popular compilations of Ember Beat and Ember Pop, with no duplication of tracks.
- Castles In The Sky (Blonde On Blonde)
- Means And Ways (The Dorians (aka Dorian))
- Not Even A Letter (Knocker Jungle)
- Summer Days (9.30 Fly)
- Sly Willy (Blue Beard)
- East Virginia (Polly Niles)
- November (Blonde On Blonde)
- Oh To Be Free (Knocker Jungle)
- God Save The World (Blue Beard)
- September (9.30 Fly)
- Torch Song (The Dorians (aka Dorian))
- Daybreak (Back Street Band)
- Where I Belong (Knocker Jungle)
- I Don't Care (Blonde On Blonde)
- Presence Of The Lord (Milt Matthews Inc)
- Lay Me Down (Paddy Maguire)