Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Barry Rolfe -Look The Business



Barry Rolfe –Look The Business/Molly Molly –Philips 6006331 (1973 UK)

Look The business is an aggressive rocker oozing Punk attitude. It’s really surprising that this came out in 1973, upon hearing you would swear it came out 4 years later. The mix is rough and ready and it comes across as a one take wonder (note the missed snare hit at the start of the 1st verse). The shouted vocals are on the verge of breaking up and the blistering guitar break is pure Detroit. It’s Pretty amazing stuff. The B side is a good rocking track as well but a bit more subdued. Barry Rolfe released Going Up on Philips the following year, but it doesn’t strip the gloss like this one. Who the hell is this guy? It looks like there’s also another single called Beam Me Aboard Mr. Spock, but I dread to think that he was a Trekkie, albeit a Punked out one…

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More info on Barry Rolfe: Barry Rolfe was also known as Nicky Rolfe - did a couple of singles in'75'/76 for Bell. He was hooked up with Peter Solley (who played keyboards on loads of things all through the seventies, including Yellow Dog) and himself wrote Dracula's Daughter forThunderthighs. It looks like Look The Business was reissued in '76...


4 comments:

Steve said...

Yes! Put me down for some of this. Good digging, Robin.

SaM-GiRL said...

yeah, very good.

Don Gallacher said...

I met Barry Rolfe in 1976 when I became a recording engineer in Leyton, East London. Barry used our studio often. He and I wrote a song together 'I'm The Jealous Kind'.

Didn't see him much after 1978, but caught up with him about 2005 briefly. Sadly, lost track of him completely.

Carl said...

I found this on a compilation a while back and I have been looking for it on vinyl ever since. I managed to get a copy of 'going up' but it isn't a patch on this. If anyone has a copy they wish to sell, please reply. Ta