From the Archives…Ferris Wheel 1967

Ferris Wheel circa 1967
Back L-R: George Ford, Keith Field, Michael Snow, Barry Reeves
Front L-R: Diane Ferraz, Dave Ford
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From The Archives…Wedding Party and Royal Albert Hall Collage

Wedding and Royal Albert Hall

Wedding Party Attendees

Front Row L-R -Jaqui Carthy, Mrs. Keith Field, Diane Ferraz, Irene, Patti Snow, Michael Snow, Bill “Oz” Evans, Lana Evans, Sandra Sweetnam-Ford, Morag Gilmartin, Pat the projectionist.
Back Row: unknown, unknown, Keith Field, unknown, Norah Kellaher, Bill Kellaher, Leonie Kellaher, Lil Kellaher, Roger the Roadie,Unknown, Dave Sweetnam -Ford, Barry Reeves, Ruth Reeves, Pepe Ferraz, Tom Kellaher , Gerry Wood, Unknown

The picture was taken by George Sweetnam Ford, which is why he ain’t in the photo ! The location was the garden behind our house in Putney, West London. August 31st. 1967.

From The Archives…Under The Red Umbrella

The Ferris Wheel in Rome - All Along the Appian Way
Another image from The Ferris Wheel residency in Rome.
From L-R: Irene, Dave Sweetnam-Ford, Sandra (Dave’s Wife), Diane Ferraz

 

More info on The Ferris Wheel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ferris_Wheel_(band)

More info on Diane Ferraz: https://michaelsnowpresents.wordpress.com/tag/diane-ferraz/

 

From the Archives…Can’t Break the Habit – the Ferris Wheel

 

Can't Break the Habit - the Ferris Wheel
Can’t Break the Habit – the Ferris Wheel

Can’t Break the Habit was released in 1967 with:

Diane Ferraz (lead vocals)

George Ford (bass, backing vocals/occasional lead vocals)

Dave Ford (alto and tenor sax, flute, background vocals)

Keith Field (guitar, backing vocals/occasional lead vocals)

Barry Reeves (drums)

Michael Snow (Keys, Guitar, and lead vocals)

 

Below are a couple tracks from YouTube that are on the album.

 

 

 

Review by Bruce Eder from allmusic.com

Anyone lucky enough to own this ultra-rare album has grabbed themselves a piece of the finest British psychedelic soul and superb pop-soul in any category. In 1967, while Motown was still coming to grips with the psychedelic boom going on around them, the British-based Ferris Wheel was doing a gently trippy, soaring, and occasionally searing brand of soul music that made them favorites on the club scene in London. “I Can’t Break the Habit” is a case in point, a bright, memorable dance number that manages to recall Martha & the Vandellas at their most alluring and ornamented, with a Revolver-style guitar break and choruses as smooth as anything generated by the 5th Dimension. Diane Ferraz’s voice is the focal point of the sextet’s sound, though two of the guys also turn in solid lead performances — the group’s range is astonishing and their experience shows in the fact that none of the 12 songs on this album sounds like anything around it, and they even make the old Leiber & Stoller chestnut “Three Cool Cats” sound fresh. This was reissued in 2000 by Sequel Records in England with eight bonus tracks (three of them single versions of album tracks) that are as strong as anything on the original album.

If you would like to hear more from the album you can do so on Spotify:

the re-release is available for purchase on iTunes