Angel Pavement

From: York, England

This London-based band are considered to be a poor person’s Hollies/Zombies/Left Banke/Beatles, recording a pair of pop/rock/psychedelic singles in the late 1960s. Their name came from a 1930 novel by J.B. Priestley and was assembled by guitarist/songwriter Alfie Shepherd out of the remnants of a soul-based outfit, Wesley Hardin’s Shotgun Package. Members included Paul Smith (lead vocals), Dave Smith (guitar), Graham Harris (bass), and Alan Reeve (drums). Reeve was later replaced by Mike “Candy” Candler.

Angel Pavement soon managed to build a large following in their native York. They began work on a debut album at Morgan Studios, but were interrupted by an offer to play a series of gigs in Mexico City in early 1969. What was only supposed to be a few days turned into a five month trip, upon which they returned to London to resume work on the album. They were again interrupted by Dave Smith’s departure, bringing in John Cartwright (guitar, trumpet) as his replacement. A pair of singles, ‘Baby You’ve Gotta Stay’ and ‘Tell Me What I’ve Got To Do’, were issued on the Fontana label, but neither garnered much attention and failed to chart in late 1969 and early 1970, respectively. ‘When Will I See June Again’ appears on the flip-side of their second single and is a nice piece of pop psych. A third single and the aforementioned album were eventually shelved due to disputes between Shepherd and the studio’s publishing arm. By the end of 1970 the band has split up. Thankfully, Wooden Hill Records finally compiled the Morgan sessions and released them in 2005.

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Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1970 single Fontana TF 1072

  • When Will I See June Again

From the 2005 compilation album Maybe TomorrowAngel Pavement

  • Water Woman