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Lost and Found

by The Touch

Whether you are an old fan of the early Who, or a new fan of The TOUCH, whether you just like Mod revival, or superbly written creative music, or just power pop at its finest– cleverly penned, punchy, honest guitar band music, this album is for you.
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. And I Fell
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2. Walk in the Park
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3. You're the One
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4. Grey Day
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5. Stop Stop!
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6. Twilight Golden
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7. As I Am
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8. I'm a Stranger
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9. Melanie
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10. Juicy Julia
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11. Cherish
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12. I'm Desperate
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13. Listen to Me
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14. I'm so Blue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Forty years - a long time in Rock n Roll? No one in the band could have dreamt that the creative spirit of The Touch was very much alive in 2019, 40 years after the band’s inception. But here it is - 14 tracks worth – a soundtrack to four decades.

It was a spur of the moment decision by guitarist Son Jack Jr. (AKA ‘Nash’) to look on Discogs to check whether an obscure 1979 album by The Touch was listed, but sure enough there it was. The album had been released by its then manager and titled "The Mods Lost Touch" with the word "bootleg" stamped on it. No tracks were listed on the cover - no personnel acknowledged.

As well as the entry for the original album on the Discogs page there were several actual bootleg versions listed, including one in clear vinyl. The prices quoted weren’t cheap but people were seemingly happy to shell out, meaning there was still considerable interest in the band after all these years. Some of the entries incorrectly attributed the album to fellow ‘79 revivalists, The Mods. Track titles were amusingly skewed, with “All the Straight Numbers”, for instance, becoming “Our Street Numbers”.

In April 2018, two pillars of the Mod scene, Dizzy Holmes at Detour Records and Alan May of Glory Boy Mod Radio tracked down original members of The Touch. Alan, unbeknown to the band, had been playing tracks off the first album on his radio show for almost a decade, and Dizzy was interested in doing an official re-issue. It transpired that the original album had been (and still is) much sought after in mod and collector circles. The subsequent bootlegs, some of which had been handed out at scooter rallies, were also in demand. And all this taking place while an enduring mystery remained - who was the band performing the music?

Could a reunion be in the offing?

Back in the day, The Touch precursors, The Flames, rehearsed at Alaska Studios in Waterloo (London) in 1977. It was here that Pat Collier, former bass player with the Vibrators and owner of the legendary London studio, helped get the band off the ground. Pat helped out playing bass, and booked the bands’ first proper gigs, opening for The Stukas at the Rochester Castle in Stoke Newington, and supporting his own powerpop combo, The Boyfriends. With Dave Vox joining in late 1979, "The Flames" became “The Touch” and the West London band went on to play gigs at the Marquee, Nashville, Rock Garden, Hope & Anchor amongst many other UK venues until the band’s demise in February 1981.

But if a 2018 reunion was to happen, there were obstacles to overcome. Guitarist Son Jack had relocated to Seattle many years previously, and as for singer Dave Vox, no one had heard from him in over 10 years. The last anyone knew was that he had moved to Spain in 1999 and there were rumors that he had died in a sky diving accident. But perseverance paid off and he was eventually tracked down via a sister in LA – Dave was in Devon! Alan May then connected the band with promoter Albert Cummings, another pillar of the Mod scene. Albert offered The Touch their first gig in 37 years at the Hand in Hand pub in Brixton in August 2018. With the gig to look forward to, and the reissue of the first album in hand, Dizzy cleaned up some pre-album demo’s, which were then added as “bonus material” to the limited edition reissue. The three additional demo tracks had been recorded at Freerange Studios in London in ’79.

The Touch, comprising all the original members, got together for the first time in nearly forty years for three days of intense rehearsals at Vatican Studios in Bethnal Green, in August 2018. They instantly gelled musically - the chemistry very much still there. If you were at that Brixton gig, then you know it was magical. Packed to the rafters with people from all over the country with many bringing their original vinyl albums to get them autographed. The band later expressed both amazement and gratitude at being on stage for the first time in all these years with fans in the audience who not only knew the words to the songs but could sing them live at that Brixton gig. If the band looked shocked it’s because this, for them, was a supremely surreal moment and one they still savor.

On the back of the success of the Hand in Hand gig it was decided that the band was in good enough nick to record a new album of songs, many of them performed at that Brixton gig in 2018. Coming full circle, this second album has been recorded with the bands’ old mentor and acclaimed producer and engineer Pat Collier, at his Perry Vale Studios in Forest Hill. This album came together over several sessions at Perry Vale between October 2018 and April 2019 and includes 14 songs, 9 of which were written and performed by the band between 1977 and 1981.

We dedicate this album to our old friend and roadie, Jon Hughes who made it to that Brixton reunion gig but who very sadly died early in 2019. We also dedicate the songs on this album to our loyal fans who have stayed true to the band these last 40 years and to our good friends including Alan, Dizzy and Albert who have helped make this reunion and this new album possible.

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