The Upshot: The songs are good, strong melodies and harmonies and solid playing throughout and the British Invasion band certainly had the look down pat.
BY TIM HINELY
Cherry Red and its assortment of labels just keep on keeping on and here they offer up a quintet called Five’s Company. These young gents were in college in the mid-‘60s and had released a few singles on the Pye label. They seemed on their way up but ended up breaking up when the bassist Bob Brunning ended up joining Fleetwood Mac (ever heard of them?) but they did however, get together to record an album, The Ballad of Fred the Pixie before breaking up officially.
This 26 songs comp includes all of said singles, plus the LP and and some demos a well and most of the songs were written by vocalist Edward Broadbridge but they do toss in a Kinks cover (“Session Man”) as well as a Lieber/Stoller tune “Little Egypt” but otherwise most of the tunes were written by Broadbridge. In listening to Friends and Mirrors there’s no reason why this band shouldn’t have been huge, or at least as big as any other Brit band that made it back then. The songs are good, strong melodies and harmonies and solid playing throughout and they certainly had the look down pat (apparently they were all students at a local teacher training college that was located on Kings Road). That Kinks cover rules as do many of the Broadbridge compositions like ”Some Girls,” “Dejection,” “Break My Heart’ and “I’m still Hoping.”
I’ll bet fans of the band from the swingin’ ‘60s are absolutely stoked over this release and for those of us who’d not ever heard of the band before, well, it’s another unique gem from the Cherry Red stable of labels.
DOWNLOAD: ”Some Girls,” “Dejection,” “Break My Heart,” “I’m still Hoping”