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Shades of Suzy

by The JCB

The band to give you that adrenaline rush. The musical equivalent of a great night out with your best friends leading to addiction and dependence on the sound of the JCB.
Genre: Pop: British Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Travelling
3:41 $0.99
2. Ashamed
4:07 $0.99
3. A Railway Town
3:47 $0.99
4. Came to Pass
2:57 $0.99
5. Like a Bird
5:50 $0.99
6. I Just Can't Be Your Friend
5:31 $0.99
7. Mona Lisa Slipping Through Your Hands
4:31 $0.99
8. Attraction
3:36 $0.99
9. Pleasure World
5:05 $0.99
10. Love and Hate
5:51 $0.99
11. 1978
4:09 $0.99
12. This Cold Heart
2:22 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hi and welcome to our album ‘Shades of Suzy’ , the culmination of 2 years of gigging ,writing and recording with the band .Before going any further I’d like to thank Pete Lamb for his production on 4 of the tracks and Richard Elmes for his graphic design ideas which really capture the essence of the band.

So what inspired these songs? Some of them owe their genesis purely to the fact that we gig regularly ,and although we have mastered an act consisting mainly of our own brand of covers , our songs ‘ Attraction’ and ‘Ashamed’ are band inspired tracks which come across well in the live act. The same could be said for Travelling , the riff for which came to me while I was waiting for a plane at Dublin airport. When I got back to my guitar I could still remember it - which is usually a sign of something musically worthwile!

We’ve called the album Shades of Suzy because Suz has such a versatile voice, and is central to most of the songs . I think you’ll agree she’s able to interpret a sensitive ballad like ‘Came to pass’ ,while at the same time is equally convincing on the upbeat and more raunchy numbers.

Being a Swindon (UK) band , and given the fact that the town seems to generally get such a drubbing by many,including its locals , Railway Town is my own personal tribute to the part of the globe that’s been home to most of us for the better part of our lives. The Swindon story is a very interesting one and is generally underplayed. I know i’ve had inspiration from the town and its surrounds and this is our way of saying ‘thankyou’.

‘Like a Bird’ is our Power Ballad, one of those songs that has ideas about reincarnation and coming of age blended together .Its rewarding to express these thoughts in song and in this respect I suppose ‘Pleasure World’ is of similar construction, being inspired by a scenario from the Kashigo Ishiguro novel ‘An Artist of the Floating World’ He conjures up real atmosphere in his recollection of balmy evenings spent in lantern - lit bars of the pleasure district of pre war Hiroshima. . ‘ Love and Hate ‘ proposes the idea of necessary and equal opposites existing to balance each other . In this case our most profound emotions being the focus.

We hope you can identify with the other scenarios described in song ,although appreciate that while the events of 1978 are to some extent autobiographical , a nostalgic reminiscence of a debauched young adulthood may strike a chord with some. I certainly hope so. I would like to dedicate this song to my pals Jon Osborne and Chris Pelton who helped to make the house the shambles it really was, although I was, I’m sure, the chief offender.

The album ends with Kevin’s lovely ballad ‘This Cold Heart’ This song seems naturally to say farewell but always leaves me wanting to hear it again – a natural choice to finish with, and we hope it won’t be too long before our next offering. Cheers JC

Suzy Butcher – Lead vocals
Doug Coulson - Percussion
John Cullimore- Vocals, guitar,keyboards
Kevin O’Grady – keyboards
Terry Shoesmith – Bass guitar
Nick Weaver – Vocals



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Richard Elmes

Would be David Bailey
I have watched the evolution of the Band from its early days practising in the PMH Social Club Hall in the evening with music interspersed with lager and crisps. The Band has gone though several member changes and now with the current line up is well set to go on to greater and greater stardom. This latest in the stable of thoroughbreds is a real testimony to the muse of JC the lynch pin of the JCBs. His considerable singer/songwriter skills echo the great Mersey-side traditions of the 60/70s with dudes like Billy Fury, Gerry Marsden, John and Paul Beatle, John McNally and Mike Pender. With the arrival of the sinuous Suzy the vocal range has been varied to offer some great new possibilities of expression and subtlety. The other members of the Band are also contributing more and more to the portfolio with Kevin's "This Cold Heart". Call me an old fuddy-duddy but I still prefer the original of "Railway Town" especially for its quality bass playing. But I love Mona Lisa, Pleasure World and in particular 1978 hit's my m-spot.

Sue Meakin

Ardent Fan
John Cullimore obviously took his his time crafting this album. The gestation period seems justified as this album is an excuistely written set of short stories that are enhanced from such attention to detail. These songs have more bite than his previos work and Suzy's harmonious vocals give depth and meaning to these songs bringing them to life. Well done Suzy. This album makes very easy listening and benefit from repeated plays. 12 finely honed songs.