“Tomorrow” by Tomorrow - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1968Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

This was a very fine debut album from the London quintet who lined up: Keith West (vocals); Steve Howe (guitar); John Wood (bass); John Alder (percussion) and Mark P. Wirtz (keyboards). The recordings were some 9 months old by the time the album saw release in February ’68 – by then the psychedelic thing was becoming unfashionable. It should have been issued to co-incide with the big single, “My White Bicycle” which had been issued in May ’67. A slow-moving, uninterested record company put paid to those plans. In between the recording and release dates, Tomorrow had recorded the first ever John Peel show session on BBC Radio 1 on 21 September 1967 – at least they were loved in all the right places. The album deserved a much better hearing – it’s consistently good and boasts a bona-fide classic in “My White Bicycle”. According to drummer John 'Twink' Alder, the song was inspired by the Dutch Provos, an anarchist group in Amsterdam which instituted a community bicycle program: “they had white bicycles in Amsterdam and they used to leave them around the town. And if you were going somewhere and you needed to use a bike, you'd just take the bike and you'd go somewhere and just leave it.” Good news anarchists stories, eh? You don’t see many of them in the common press… just as well we’ve got Rock n Roll news readers to keep us right.

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A1 [03:18] 9.2.png Tomorrow - My White Bicycle (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Psychedelia
A2 [02:53] 7.6.png Tomorrow - Colonel Brown (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Psychedelia
A3 [03:17] 8.0.png Tomorrow - Real Life Permanent Dream (Keith Hopkins) Psychedelia
A4 [02:27] 6.0.png Tomorrow - Shy Boy (Keith Hopkins, Ken Burgess, Mark Wirtz) Pop
A5 [03:50] 6.9.png Tomorrow - Revolution (Keith Hopkins, Steve Howe) Psychedelia
B1 [03:18] 5.7.png Tomorrow - The Incredible Journey Of Timothy Chase (Keith Hopkins) Psychedelia
B2 [02:46] 5.8.png Tomorrow - Auntie Mary’s Dress Shop (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Pop
B3 [03:59] 7.0.png Tomorrow - Strawberry Fields Forever (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) Psychedelia
B4 [02:28] 7.4.png Tomorrow - Three Jolly Little Dwarfs (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Pop
B5 [04:53] 6.0.png Tomorrow - Now Your Time Has Come [1968] (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Rock
B6 [02:43] 6.2.png Tomorrow - Hallucinations (Ken Burgess, Keith Hopkins) Psychedelia

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