Monday, 5 December 2011

Mix Tape Monday - #5

This weeks Mix Tape Monday challenge thrown down by Boo and Me this week is

The first song you bought.
Whether it was in the days of vinyl, cassette, mini disk or CD, before downloads came along buying your very first single or album was quite an event and one that most remember.

Well that is an easy one for me Christie and Yellow River, though I didnt actually buy it until 1971. Video is a bit naff but wasn't really the done thing back then.

Wiki tells you 

"Yellow River" is a popular song recorded by the British band Christie. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single early in 1970. However, after the success of their then most recent single, "Call Me Number One", and after considering it too pop-orientated for their future direction, they decided to follow it up with another of their own compositions, "By The Way", which was only a minor Top 40 success.
Producer Mike Smith therefore took their vocals off the recording and added those of Jeff Christie. Released on 23 April 1970, it became an international hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart for one week in June 1970. In the US, it reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
The song is the thoughts of a young man whose time in the army is over, and he is looking forward to returning to his home town in the country on Yellow River. The actual location of Yellow River is not specified. The British video had the group on a barge sailing down the River Thames through London

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