Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera was an English psych-rock band that released multiple singles and a 1968 self-titled album on Direction. After Gantry’s departure, singer/guitarist Paul Brett led them on the 1969 release Ride a Hustler’s Dream. The rhythm section joined the Strawbs and later recorded as Hudson–Ford. Gantry surfaced in funk-rockers Stretch. Members: Colin Forster […]

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera – Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera (1968)

Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera is an album by the namesake English psych-rock band, released in 1968 on CBS Direction. Tracklist: A1. “Intro / Mother Writes” (3:02) A2. “Mary Jane” (3:24) A3. “I Was Cool” (2:57) A4. “Walter Sly Meets Bill Bailey” (3:06) A5. “Air” (3:09) A6. “Lookin’ for a Happy Life” (2:58) B1. “Flames” (3:07) […]

Stretch ‎– Elastique (1975)

Elastique is the debut album by English funk-rock band Stretch, released in 1975 on Anchor. “Buzz Fly”: Boingy jaws harp… Beefheartian vocal/bottleneck slide mark the verses… Plunging riff/clap bisects the verses “Snakes Alive”: Jerky, tight rhythm locks a staccato 2/4 monochordal riff in E, accented high 5th (B)… Octave darting bassline in A underlies jiving vocal […]


Armada were an English art-rock band that was active through several iterations between 1970 and 1974, at one point including ex-Velvet Opera/future-Stretch frontman Elmer Gantry. Though no album was released in the band’s lifetime, they issued a standalone single as Rimington in 1973 and another as Rats in 1974. A collection of the band’s recordings […]