Steam packet - Trouble and tea mp3 file
|00-67||Viva L'amour/Trouble And Tea||Polydor NH 59733 (Sweden)|
The Swedish Steam Packet recorded the Mike d’Abo song “Trouble And Tea”, which was written by Mike when he was still a member of Manfred Mann, who recorded this song also for their album “As Is”.
If you ever find a copy of this single, you have to pay a lot of money, I can assure you. The information about this sin gle came from Tom Sunde, who is running The Morgans website. The Morgans is another Swedish group that recorded “Trouble And Tea” (See their story on my Mike d’Abo website).
|05-96||LP Syde Trypes Six||Tenth Planet TP024 (England)|
|1. Cos It’s Over||The Summer Set|
|2. Captain Man Part 1||Tropical Fish|
|3. Live For The Sun||The Phoenix|
|4. Viva L’Amour||The Longboatmen|
|5. Hello Edythe||The Name|
|6. Waterloo Station||Tropical Fish|
|7. Streamliner||The Flames|
|8. You Keep Me Hanging On||The Phoenix|
|9. Trouble And Tea||The Longboatmen|
|10. Brave New Sights||The Phoenix|
|11. Upside Down Inside Out||Tropical Fish|
|12. My World Fell Down||Solent|
|13. What Do I Care ?||The Name|
|14. Captain Man Part 2||Tropical Fish|
|15. You Are The Moon & The Stars & The Sun||
Below is the story about The Longboatmen on the cover of the “Syde Tryps Six” album:
Despite a parallel existence in their native Sweden as Steam Packet (a handle which thery were unable to use in Britain due to the Long John Baldry/Rod Stewart revue of the same name), The Longboatmen owe their posthumous reputation amongst collectors to the primitivism of their UK single “Take Her Any Time” b/w “Only In Her Home Town”, issued by Polydor in November 1966. The Longboatmen visited England to promote the single, taking time out to record two tracks at Advision Studios in London’s New Bond Street. The two songs recorded, “Viva L’Amour” and Mike d’Abo’s “Trouble And Tea”, both fit snugly into the summer pop canon (Swinging Stockholm, anyone?). Interestingly, the sole surviving acetate copy shows that the band actually recorded both songs as the Longboatmen, which tends to suggest that a UK release was under consideration. However, neither track appeared in Brittain: wether this was due to the lack of success of “Take Her Any Time” (a far less commercial proposition, incidentally) or the fact that the opening bars of “Trouble And Tea” bore a similarity of litigable proportions to a certain Beatles single remains open to conjecture. Whatever, these particular day trippers went home considerably more emptyhanded than their ancestors, although Swedish Polydor issued both tracks as a Steam Packet single in mid-1967 (other homeland singles included covers of “Baby You’ve Got It” and Buffalo Springfield’s “Bluebird”). Unfortunately it hasn’t been possible to ascertain wether the Swedish release was remixed or even recorded, but the versions on “Syde Tryps Six” have been plucked straight from the UK acetate single, which was housed in an attractive green and white Advision custom sleeve.
Note: The people of Tenth Planet who release to “Syde Tryps Six” album didn’t have the Polydor single from Sweden to compare the two releases, but I have both recordings and can tell you, that they are both the same and both last 2 minutes and 9 seconds.