Here I bring to you a Christmas gift courtesy of the great D. Moose (Thank you very much!).
Just after the brief Montage episode (one album still available on cd), the great Michael Brown of Left Banke fame formed his real second group: The Stories, who spent a few months charming audiences before releasing their first single "I'm Coming Home" for their first national hit.
Stories was formed with vocalist Ian Lloyd, guitarist Steve Love, and drummer Bryan Madey. Following the group's self-titled 1972 Kama Sutra label debut, the mercurial Brown abruptly resigned, at which point the remaining Stories recruited bassist Kenny Aaronson and pianist Ken Bichel to record 1973's About Us. "Brother Louie," a tale of interracial romance penned by Hot Chocolate's Errol Brown, hit number one that summer, but Stories never again returned to the Top 40. Brown, meanwhile, resurfaced in 1976, leading the short-lived Beckies before spending the following decades out of the limelight.
About Us" was the second Stories album but also the last recorded with Michael Brown.
The Stories would record a third album called "Traveling Underground" without Brown.
Michael Brown would later surfaced with The Beckies.
Michael Brown left the band and the new Stories went into the studio with former Music Connection magazine editor and producer of Gladys Knight, Kenny Kerner. He and Richie Wise recorded a song written by Errol Brown/Tony Wilson and released by their British band Hot Chocolate. Kama Sutra later put the 45 in the original pressing's sleeve before adding it as a 13th track on About Us. That unique Hot Chocolate song was a far cry from the Paul McCartney-ish pop of opening track "Darling" or closing track "What Comes After," and the hit song's production was a lot heavier than the light pop which was Michael Brown's trademark, something Ian Lloyd translated very nicely. (AMG).
Michael Brown - Piano, Harpsichord, Organ / Brian Madey - Drums / Steve Love - Vocal, Harmonies, Guitar / Ian Lloyd - Lead Vocals, Bass
Selftitled: Hello People / I'm Coming Home / Winter Scenes / Step Back / You Told Me / St James / Kathleen / Take Cover / Nice To Have You Here / High And Low
About Us: Darling / Don't Ever Let Me Down / Love Is in Motion / Hey France / Please, Please / Changes Have Begun / Circles / Believe Me / Words / Top of the City / Down Time Blooze / What Comes After / Brother Louie
Bonus Track Single: Another Love
Stories - Stories + About Us
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