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Kathe Green

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Californian actress, model and singer Kathe Green cut the hugely sought after but rare-as-hell long player “Run the Length of Your Wildness” for Deram in 1969 after having appeared in The Party with Peter Sellers.

Finding herself in London as guest and bosom buddy of Richard Harris, himself enjoying a spin-off career as a hugely successful pop star at the time, Kathe found herself singing Mark Lester’s vocal parts on ‘Where Is Love?’ for the soon-to-be-massive Oliver soundtrack. She was snapped up by Deram where she was teamed up with in-house whiz-kid producer Wayne Bickerton, arranger supreme John Cameron and the cream of London session players.

Run the Length of Your Wildness can’t quite make up its mind whether to be pop-folk or Swinging London pop/rock. In that respect, as well as in its Baroque orchestral arrangements it’s reminiscent of another late-’60s record, Dana Gillespie’s Foolish Seasons — not surprising, as Bickerton produced both albums. The resemblance between the two singers is emphasized by a song that appears on both LPs, ‘Tears in My Eyes’. You can throw in some similarities to a few other British female vocalists of the time straddling the lines between pop and folk, like Marianne Faithfull, Vashti Vunyan and (much more distantly) Judith Durham of the Seekers or even Sandie Shaw.

Green did write or co-write much of the material on the album, and some of it’s above average for this orchestrated British pop-folk-rock genre, particularly ‘Primrose Hill’ and the slightly Donovan-ish ‘Promise of Something New’.

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  • blossomtoe

    Surprised by what a solid little album this is. Better than Dana Gillespie's Foolish Seasons actually. It's part Sandie & Dusty, part orchestral showtune pomp and it works rather wonderfully. An enjoyable 60s footnote.

    3 Jan 2011 Reply
  • JCRM

    There's a house that stands on Primrose Hill...

    27 Jun 2009 Reply