The Charlatans ‎– The Only One I Know (12″)

The first of a trio of Charlatans twelves as we finish off our trip to the 90’s.

Their second release on Situation Two Records via their Dead Dead Good label, containing three short tracks. The Charlatans comprised of founder and bassist Martin Blunt, John Brookes the drummer, guitarist Mark Collins, with additional writing by Jon Day (a.ka. Baker). They were from the West Midlands although they seem to get categorized as a Manchester band. Singer Tim Burgess was originally from Salford but grew up in Northwich, Cheshire where the band relocated.

This was produced by Chris Nagle in true late 60’s psychedelic swirl. Showing an appreciation of the Stones with swirling organ and bass grooves.

As is the joy of this blog the B-sides get a mention. First is the instrumental “Imperial 109” showing off the sadly missed skills of Rob on the Hammond, John Brookes on drums – RIP gentlemen!

“Everything Changed” is just as good as the A-side. Frantic drumming and organ work akin to the Inspirals.

This made the Top 10 in June 1990 and here it is in all it’s raw, vinyl glory.

Situation Two ‎– SIT 70 Tonlyfrontcov

A The Only One I Know 4:00
B1 Imperial 109 (Edit) 3:44
B2 Everything Changed 3:23

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