Saturday, February 23, 2013

Summer Without Sun

Before going on to open Rockfield Studios at their family farm in Monmouthshire, Welsh brothers Charles and Kingsley Ward cut a fairly obscure single titled Summer Without Sun. This was in 1965. Released on the Columbia label under the moniker of the Charles Kingsley Creation this rather sweet platter is best known today for being produced by Joe Meek. Meek did the production work for the record at his now legendary studio located in a flat high above the Holloway Road, London. In 1967, in debt and suffering from depression, Meek shot dead his landlady and then himself. As is the way with these things, his violent demise has only served to enhance his posthumously created 'cool' reputation. A good condition copy of Summer Without Sun will cost you about £70.