Genesis 1969

Fontana Records TF 1015
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Released on Monday 2nd May 1969, this was the sampler for their album Beginnings which would be released the following Monday. A Mono release on Ashton Music. The instrumental previously known as 'Blues In E' has been appropriately retitled Genesis.
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Featuring the lazy blues of Roach Daddy on the flip, I believe this release should have made an impact.
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Express & Star: 1st May 1969

Dave Hill's guitar-work, with live scat-style vocal harmonising, also by Hill with no overdubs remember, dominates the song and is sound and proficient. Personally, I've never noticed Jim's violin in Genesis but I suppose the swirly, atmospherics could be produced on a violin. I assumed that it was 'weird and distinctly freaky' sound effects inspired by their studio experience at Abbey Road. I guess that the original intention to release Martha My Dear, which features Jim on violin, probably caused this confusion but clearly, Tony Raba has not heard the song unlike the Record Mirror reviewer.

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Record Mirror: May 3rd 1969
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This was the first release that the group filmed a promotional video for. It was made by the film company, Caravelle, who were used regularly by Top Of The Pops. The, usually black & white, films were made quite cheaply and rarely had anything to do with the song the represented. 

In the case of Ambrose Slade, the film turned out to be in colour and featured the song Mad Dog ColeGenesis, does not sit comfortably with the footage and one can only assume a last minute, second, change of mind came into play. In the film the group members are walking around London's Euston Station. Noddy Holder remembers filming on the escalators while Jimmy Lea recalls the filming the last shot. It was of the group looking out of the train windows as it pulled away from the station. The group were going home and the shot was a 'one chance' live take. 
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Express & Star: 17th May 1969

Dudley's Nita Anderson staked her claim on the band, ensuring everybody knew she was the 'sole Midland's representative' for Ambrose Slade. Management was listed as Chas Chandler, John Gunnell and Robert Stigwood. They would soon form Montgrove Productions but for now chaos ruled.

  • Genesis
  • Roach Daddy

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In March 2011 this wonderful piece of Slade history made an appearance on ebay. The record was being sold from Cedar Park, Texas, USA but was listed as probably a UK pressing. It sold with the Buy It Now option for $299.99.
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"Artist:  AMBROSE SLADE
  Title:   "PITY THE MOTHER"
  Format: 8" ACETATE
  Country: UK ??
  Label: PHILIPS
  Catalog # ?
  Year: 1969
  VINYL - VG+

Description/Notes:  THIS IS A VERY RARE 8" ACETATE (U.K.??)  I COULD NOT FIND THIS SINGLE        COMMERCIALLY RELEASED, IN THE BANDS DISCOGRAPHY.  ANY EXPERT INFORMATION WOULD   BE APPRECIATED. SOME SLEEVE SCUFFS AND LIGHT HAIRLINE SCRATCHES BUT NOTHING BAD     AND MUSIC IS VERY LOUD AND CLEAR WITH ONLY SLIGHT BACKGROUND SURFACE SOUNDS.  FROM THE COLLECTION OF A PREVIOUS RECORD INDUSTRY PERSON.
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The A side has what appears to be a 'signature' under the artist name. It seems to be influenced by, what appears to be, an embossed border on the stuck on label. It starts 'in the frame' and the flourish crosses it. Pity The Mother is printed on the label, the song was written by the group and it's unlikely to have been covered by anybody. Ambrose Slade is 'in line' with the P and the bracket?
  AMBROSE
  SLADE
"Pity The Mother"
 (7" Single)
This suggests to me that the group name is typed onto the label and the 'see thru' sticker is stuck over it and a signature written over the top. Maybe 'Chris Emery' signed it to signify completion of his job or ownership of the acetate?

Regarding the timing, 2:44 is the timing quoted for Mad Dog Cole which, as we know, was initially slated for single release on January 31st 1969. The Euston promo film was actually made for (and dubbed with) that track and its possible that Pity The Mother was the wrong title. Lets face it, getting the track names mixed up would certainly not be a unique happening for the record pressing business. Either way, this is a beautiful thing and I'd be very interested to know what actually plays when a needle hits the groove?

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Many thanks to Simon 'Nomis' Baurley for providing scans of the Genesis 45. A promo copy of Genesis sold for £260.55 on Ebay on 19 Apr, 2010 18:52:38 BST

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