1. Poor Old Joe
MIKE d’ABO got a call from MO FOSTER who had played bass with him in the past and he advised that whilst reviewing his tape storage he had found various tapes, demos and acetates that they had recorded together in the early 70’s. Mike painstakingly reviewed the 40 tracks seldom if ever previously heard.
The tracks give a real insight into where Mike was, musically speaking, in the early 70’s. Here track by track were the musical footprints of someone still searching for their true identity. Mike said ‘Musically frustrated may be an overused term, but in my case, it’s the best way to describe my state of mind in the aftermath of MANFRED MANN, which had disbanded in 1969. Glimpses of my song writing talents had already been revealed through “Handbags & Gladrags”. Now the stage was set for me to deliver what I was capable of.’
Following their 1972 tour of USA the d’Abo band returned to UK to record what was supposed to be his next LP but due to management pressure after recording these tracks which now are released here for the first time Mike recorded “Broken Rainbows” which was then released as his follow up to “Rachel’s Place”
Now at last “Hidden Gems & Treasured Friends” is released in all its glory.
MIKE d’ABO, MO FOSTER, MIKE JOPP, GRANT SERPELL, HENRY SPINETTI,JACK LANCASTER, MIKE MORAN, RAY COOPER, B.J. COLE, WILF GIBSON, LIZA STRIKE,BARRY St JOHN, NOEL d’ABO
Lovingly restored from Mo Foster's attic, these tapes are in remarkably good shape and show that d'Abo was a talented songwriter, as much as a vocalist and frontman...If you like seventies pop music teetering on soft rock, you will warm to this which is very much of its time. In parts it recalls solo performers like Paul McCartney, Eric Carmen and - wait for it - Gilbert O'Sullivan.
David Randall, www.getreadytorock.com (January 2004)
...an exquisitely titled collection of rare and unreleased recordings by Mike D'Abo. Representing an unreleased album D'Abo recorded back in 1973, appended with six songs performed live for a Long Island radio station the previous year, it's an excellent collection
Jo-Ann Greene, Goldmine (February 2004)
This collection shows a restrained piano-based singer songwriter who should ahve made a much bigger impression than he did...An interesting album that as well as being rare is actually very listenable.
Feedback (March 2004)
'Handbags & Gladrags' was a song which revealed Mike d'Abo's song writing ability and these tracks gave him a chance to take it further.
Alistair Flynn, Classic Rock Society (March 2004)
The highly listenable contents find Mike searching for a coherent musical direction...some fine live performances have been included as an added bonus, led by the ever memorable 'Handbags and Gladrags'.
Kevin Bryan (March 2004)
I...an eclectic collection but in general it's all very acceptable, and includes some very nice keyboards and sax...a nice album to have, especially with the Angel Air cover booklet...educational and informative.
Rimmer, Modern Dance (August 2004)