- Artist: She Trinity
- A Side: Promise Me You'll Cry
- B Side: Yellow Submarine
- Label: Columbia
- Format: 45s
We were told, week in, week out that Mickie was a wonder-producer so we gave him slack, as he must know what he's talking about. I've never really given his irritating arrogance a second thought until this evening.
In August 1966 Mickie produced this highly sought after girl version of The Beatles anthem "Yellow Submarine", a record that is considered of great interest as a Beatles novelty 45. With novelty groups just coming into play, Bonzo Dog Do Dah Band had just broke surface. Mickie must have thought this ingenious spin-off could pay dividends. Of course it didn't, even with a break imitating The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" could save it's banality. A record very wanted because it's so bad?
The girls must have been really excited being transferred by EMI from Canada to England, She Trinity were to work with one of Britain's up and coming studio masters. What must they have thought when the final product was played back to them? What an anti-climax, but the puzzling thing is, the flipside is a truly spectacular mid-60's girl group cocktail of Psyche, R&B, Soul & Prog.
A truly inventive "James Bond" inspired intro, a powerful sister vocal from Robyn Yorke reaching out with occasional tones of Grace Slick bubbling through, the "You Didn't Say A Word" riffs slicing interludes that keep you riveted as it's atmospheric waves that roll over you. "Promise Me You'll Cry" is surely a lost 60's treasure, that transcends Prog Rock dipping it's toes into R&B, even tickling Northern Soul possibilities.
A great song with endless possibilities for pleasuring several different genres. So what was Mickie Most thinking about, riding Beatlemania releasing a pile of tosh like "Yellow Submarine" ? Then going on TV to criticize hopeful showbiz newcomers... I think just like Simon Cowell he was thinking about making his first £50,000,000 and being included in Britain's Rich List whilst he was still a young man, now that why he was considered qualified to judge.
But purists though, will be shaking their heads when hearing "Promise Me You'll Cry" thinking that Mickie could have had the first all-girl Psyche/R&B band delivering high-end "Haight-Ashbury" right here in England.
But of course Mickie already had The Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, Lulu under his wing .. I don't imagine "Yellow Submarine" was anything to him other than a learning curve toward unimaginable success. I wonder if he ever listened to "Promise Me You'll Cry" again after it went to press? Surely a man of his talent for spotting prowess, would have suddenly recognised, a girl super-group that just needed a break with the right material.
Condition Reporttwo clean red & white promo labels, vinyl has good gloss revealing only sdi=oft fine hairlines under direct light. as you can hear it plays superb crisp and clean.
- Title: Promise Me You'll Cry
- Title: Yellow Submarine
- Year: 12th. August 1966
- City: United Kingdom