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 tracks from these are gathered on Summer Turns To Autumn.
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 complement Fantastic Voyages existing, highly popular compilations of Ember Beat and Ember Pop, with no duplication of tracks. Nice shrink-wrapped slip-case packaging.
1 –Blonde On Blonde (2) Castles In The Sky
2 –The Dorians Means And Ways
3 –Knocker Jungle Not Even A Letter
4 –9.30 Fly Summer Days
5 –Blue Beard Sly Willy
6 –Polly Niles East Virginia
7 –Blonde On Blonde (2) November
8 –Knocker Jungle Oh To Be Free
9 –Blue Beard God Save The World
10 –9.30 Fly September
11 –The Dorians Torch Song
12 –Back Street Band Daybreak
13 –Knocker Jungle Where I Belong
14 –Blonde On Blonde (2) I Don't Care
15 –Milt Matthews Inc. Presence Of The Lord
16 –Paddy Maguire Lay Me Down