Fanny Hill (album)
Fanny Hill is the third album by the US rock group Fanny. It was recorded at Apple Studios in London and reached No. 135 on the Billboard 200 charts. A single from the album, a cover of "Ain't That Peculiar" hit the Billboard Hot 100.
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|Recorded||December 4–18, 1971|
|Venue||Apple Studios, London|
Fanny Hill was recorded at Apple Studios in London and produced by Richard Perry. Former Beatles associate Geoff Emerick engineered the album. Regular Rolling Stones sidesmen Bobby Keys and Jim Price performed on several tracks, particularly the Stones-influenced "Borrowed Time".
The opening track was a cover of Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar", which was rearranged to include Latin-influenced percussion and a slide guitar solo from June Millington. It was released as a single, reaching No. 85 on the Billboard Hot 100. The group also covered The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog". Their arrangement included different lyrics to the original, which were reportedly approved by the Beatles.
The album was originally released in February 1972 by Reprise Records. It reached No. 135 on the Billboard 200 chart. In 2015, an expanded version was released on CD by Real Gone Records, including out-takes and backing tracks.
The album received a good review in Rolling Stone, who said "the number of groups that can inspire affection the way Fanny have with this album, simply from the pure exuberance of their music, are far and few between". Robert Christgau had mixed opinions on the album, saying half of the original material was reasonable but that the group "give themselves away" by the two covers that opened each side.
|1.||"Ain't That Peculiar"||Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, Robert Rogers, Marvin Tarplin||4:05|
|2.||"Knock on My Door"||Nickey Barclay||3:20|
|3.||"Blind Alley"||Barclay, Alice de Buhr||4:15|
|4.||"You've Got A Home"||June Millington||3:50|
|5.||"Wonderful Feeling"||Jean Millington||3:19|
|7.||"Hey Bulldog"||John Lennon, Paul McCartney||3:56|
|8.||"Think About the Children"||June Millington||4:02|
|9.||"Rock Bottom Blues"||Millington, Millington, Barclay, de Buhr||3:07|
|10.||"Sound and the Fury"||June Millington||3:05|
|11.||"The First Time"||Barclay||4:49|
Taken from the sleeve notes:
- June Millington - guitar, clavinet, vocals
- Jean Millington - bass guitar, vocals
- Nickey Barclay - keyboards, vocals
- Alice de Buhr - drums, vocals
- Other musicians
- Other personnel
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