…whilst there are hints of the later jazz-rock of Affinity, the core tracks are more pure sixties psychedelic pop. It’s fairly evocative, if hardly mind-blowing fare, but it does complete the jigsaw. One suspects that there were a few Association and Fifth Dimension albums lying round the Dansette at Uni.
So comprehensive is this musical nugget-mining, one wonders where to next, early-fifties recordings of Naiff in pram with a plastic xylophone? Bring it on!
David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com
…The 19-track collection, restored from vinyl, acetate and tapes, takes in a small amount of material from pre-Ice days, as well as BBC sessions that include a live version of ‘Ice Man’.
Russell Newmark, Beat Magazine (March 2005)
Here’s a treat. The last few years have seen Angel Air delve deeper into the Affinity catalog that many fans were aware was even possible. Well, the digging contines, with the release of Ice Man, a 19 track compilation that gathers up the entire recorded works of Ice, a band fronted by Glyn James and John Carter, but of interest here for keyboard player Lynton Naiff, and the presence as “additional musicians” of Mo Foster and Linda Hoyle…
Ice Man certainly ranks among the most thrilling exhumations so far.
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (March 2005)
Angel Air have done a definitive job and it seems unlikely that anyone will ever supercede this release – or wish to.
Record Collector, April 2005
Given that both of their singles fetch reasonable sums…there will be quite a few collectors that would like this, and it is a nice collection of songs.
Feedback, May 2005
…the diverse songwriting often makes up for everything else, resulting in a delightful listening consisting of both live and studio performances
www.maelstrom.nu (Issue no.32 April 2005)
This 19 song disc leads with those four songs, including the title track; sprinkled with swirling organ bursts, clever guitar figures, and choir-inspired vocal harmonies, the style exemplifies the psychedelic pop of the period. The compilation adds an unissued single: The driving R&B number “Walk On Water” contrasts with the Zombies-style ballad “Time’s Fading Fast.”
The second half of the disc showcases the songwriting collaboration between session guitarist Kris Johnson and lyricist/manager Chris Simpson. Unlike the full-band recordings, these demos find singer Glyn James primarily accompanied by guitar, bass, and backing vocals. This allows James to project a more reflective mood on songs that foreshadow the singer-songwriter era.
Ice Man closes with three Simpson-Johnson compositions performed at Sussex University by Russell’s Clump, a group connected to the Ice family tree. Glyn James’ liner notes give context to this delightfully obscure bit of British music.
Joseph Tortelli (June 2005)
…an absolute must for sixties completists
University of Sussex Alumni News, 2005