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…Doris Troy & the Gospel Truth perform at the Rainbow Theater in London

 

This article was written about the “Rainbow Testament” concert and live album. Major ass was kicked that night, I assure you, and by the time the group picture was taken there were probably 40 people onstage…that pic is only a small part of the choir!

 

More articles by Phil Symes

 

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

 

From The Archives…The Ferris Wheel

The Ferris Wheel
The Ferris Wheel

Clockwise from center front: Linda Lewis, George Ford, Dennis Elliott, Dave Sweetnam-Ford, Bernie Holland, Michael Snow

This photograph from 1972 shows the final personnel of Ferris Wheel.

This line-up recorded one album for Polydor (UNI in the U.S.)

Click the links for more info on these great musicians!