Lesley Duncan – Sing Children Sing (1971) CBS/S 64202 – Original UK Pressing - LP/FLAC In 24bit/96kHz

Lesley Duncan – Sing Children Sing
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Label: CBS/S 64202 | Released: 1971 | Genre: Folk-Rock

A1 Chain Of Love
A2 Lullaby
A3 Help Me Jesus
A4 Mr Rubin
A5 Rainbow Games

B1 Love Song
B2 Sunshine (Send Them Away)
B3 Crying In The Sun
B4 Emma
B5 If You Won’t Be Mine
B6 Sing Children Sing

Bass – Toni Compo*
Conductor [String Section Led By] – David Katz
Drums – Terry Cox
Guitar – Chris Spedding, Joe Moretti
Organ, Celesta, Piano, Producer, Arranged By – Jimmy Horowitz
Percussion – Tristan Fry
Piano – Elton John
Tambourine – Ray Cooper
Vocals, Guitar – Lesley Duncan
Gatefold sleeve
(P) 1971
Made in England

Cleaning: RCM Moth MkII Pro Vinyl
Direct Drive Turntable: Technics SL-1200MK2 Quartz
Cartridge: SHURE M97xE With JICO SAS Stylus
Amplifier: Marantz 2252
ADC: E-MU 0404
DeClick with iZotope RX5: Only Manual (Click per click)
Vinyl Condition: NM-
This LP: From personal collection
LP Rip & Full Scan LP Cover: Fran Solo

Lesley Duncan’s debut album was a modestly engaging slice of early-’70s singer/songwriter rock, though not distinctive enough amidst a rapidly crowding field to command attention. Somewhat like Elton John, she blended parts of folk-rock, the emerging singer/songwriter movement, pop (though less pop than John), and bits of the Band’s gospel-rock flavor. Indeed, the record is best known for Duncan’s own version of her composition “Love Song,” covered by Elton John on Tumbleweed Connection (and way back in 1969 by a pre-“Space Oddity” David Bowie on a home demo that’s since been bootlegged).Reference points among Duncan’s countrywomen might include the obscure early-’70s work of Marianne Faithfull (though not as dark) or Bridget Saint John. Duncan wasn’t as folky or reserved as Saint John, but this is pretty laid-back, and too pensively even-tempered and melodically bland to make a deep impression. The sound is certainly pleasant and professional, due in large part to the presence of some big names in the session band, including guitarist Chris Spedding, Pentangle drummer Terry Cox, and most of all Elton John himself on piano. The more bittersweet-than-usual “Love Song,” here garnished by some odd rainfall-like effects in the background, is the standout, while “Crying in the Sun” edges oddly close to the kind of pop/rock ballad that could have been covered by Dusty Springfield.
Review by Richie Unterberger, allmusic.com

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