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Sultan Street Nine - ST

Format: LP
Label: Birchmount BM 504
Year: 1969
Origin: Toronto, Ontario
Genre: rock, pop
Value of Original Title: $100.00
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: Ontario, Rock Room, Birchmount Records, 1960's


Side 1

Track Name
I Believe In Sunshine
These Eyes
For Once In My Life
Relations With Rita

Side 2

Track Name
The Fool On The Hill
All I See You
Walk On By
She Left Me On Tuesday
I'm Going Back To Montreal


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Birchmount Records was a Toronto based budget label spear-headed by Quality Records manager George Struth. He enlisted young producer and songwriter Greg Hambleton in 1969 to put together a few cheap psychedelic-tinged "shadow" records (similar to that of ARC Records, featuring nameless musicians) featuring popular covers of the day. These releases would accompany reissues of existing Quality Records product; dressed in different covers from the original to convince record buyers they were getting something new.

For Greg Hambleton's part, he would assemble a band of local musicians, to perform on the "shadow" records. Among these musicians were members of "The Magic Cycle [Paul Clinch, Stan Theriault & Peter Goodale]," a band who he had previously used on recordings, and Pete Schofield on clarinet/saxophone (only on Candy Rock Fountain: BM-517). These musicians performed on a total of 4 records (possibly more): Suzanne (BM-501), Sultan Street Nine (BM-504), Tuesday's Children (BM-508) and The Candy Rock Fountain (BM-517).

The name "Sultan Street Nine" came from Greg Hambleton's office, which was then at 9 Sultan Street (across from the Windsor Arms Hotel) in Toronto. It's currently unknown who sings on this record, but as mentioned above, musical duties were performed by Paul Clinch, Stan Theriault and Peter Goodale of "The Magic Cycle."

A number of the songs on this album are "Canadian Content" and were written by ex-Passing Fancy members Fergus Hambleton and Jay Telfer. 3 were written by Greg Hambleton, including his standout composition "I Believe In Sunshine" popularized by A Passing Fancy. The rest were covers of popular songs (The Guess Who, The Beatles, Bobby Russell and more).

Unfortunately, as with all the releases on this label that weren't rehashes of previously released Quality Records material, none of the artists were contracted and today the details of ownership and whereabouts of the master tapes are unknown.
-Aaron Lusch

Jay Telfer
Fergus Hambleton
Greg Hambleton


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