LOST TREASURES – D.B.M & T

Posted on 02 June 2017

LOST TREASURES:

D, B, M & T – “Fresh Ear”

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Only released in Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand in October, 1970, “FRESH EAR” from D, B, M & T was their one and only albums.  So off the beaten path is this, that in over 20 years of living and breathing power pop, this release has never come up in passing on any compilation tapes or mentions in tens of thousands of email exchanges with music fans since the early 90s.

Now, not a purely power pop album, the 9 tunes on “Fresh Ear” (along with 14 bonus tracks on the 2006 reissue on Repertoire Records CD out of print)  fall into the stylings of the Hudson Brothers, Blue, Marmalade, “Trafalgar“-era Bee Gees., Pilot and Honeybus.  Vocally, the melodies can sound like a higher pitched CS&Y and even Thunderclap Newman(“Something in the Air”).

The core of the album so solid, it’s hard to argue there’s a dud on there and the bonus track push the timeline forward from the original LP’s original 1970 release into the mid/late 70s, ushering in some new styles of proto-glam and other sounds of ‘those times’ – and not all of them suck with most of them being quite good.

D, B, M & T arrived out of the ashes of a fairly popular UK-based band(totally unknown in the U.S.), Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich who recorded a bunch of very good-to-excellent albums between 1966-1969.  When Dave Dee went solo, the best of the band decided to gather up their letters in the names and continue on.

Musically, a very good move.  Sales-wise, no one cared and they band quickly splintered only to work in varying capacities for the rest of the decade and doing a reunion or two of the original band, Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich.  There’s next to no information to found on the internet on this short-lived group beyond the informative liner notes on the German CD reissue on Repertoire.

You can pick it up on Amazon – HERE

“Fresh Ear” review on AMG(no formal review, but 30-second soundbites) – HERE

Info on Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – HERE

Wikipedia on Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – HERE

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  • “She Was A Raver” – HERE
  • “Rain” – HERE
  • “Too Much” – HERE

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“SHE WAS A FAVER” – 1970

“Mr. President” – 1970

Dozy Beaky Mick & Tich (DBM & T) – Tonight Today

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