UPDATE: New replacement for Post #35...
This single took a LONG time to get right, but now I’ve finally got it, thanks to Guy for retrieving this long lost nugget.
Active from years 1969 to 1974, UK group Blue Mink had six Top 20 hit singles in the UK Singles Chart, and released five studio-based albums.
Roger Coulam (keyboards) formed the band in the autumn of 1969, with Madeline Bell (vocalist), Roger Cook (vocalist), Alan Parker (guitarist), Herbie Flowers (bassist), and Barry Morgan (drummer). Most of the songs were written by Cook and Roger Greenaway.
Flowers, Morgan and Parker all worked with Coulam at London's Morgan Studios. The four of them recorded several backing tracks, with which Coulam approached Bell and Greenaway (who had been half of David and Jonathan), as vocalists. Greenaway declined, but put forward Cook (the other half of David and Jonathan).
The band's debut single, "Melting Pot", written by Cook and Greenaway, was recorded with this line-up and released on 31 October 1969, with the instrumental B-side "Blue Mink" (penned by Alan Parker). Interesting to note that the Australian release here to download is Mono (Philips BF-462), while other releases are Stereo.
That being said, there’s something that every compiler overlooked – the flipside of "Melting Pot", never saw album, compilation, CD or even iTunes! And that’s a bit strange considering they had many greatest-hit compilations... I’m guessing it was due to the confusion of the B-side being the same title as their group name.
Their debut album (ALSO of the same name) was released early in 1970, at the same time as the second single, "Good Morning Freedom", which reached No. 10 in the chart. The track did not feature on the first release of the LP, but was added to subsequent pressings. FLAC