Fanny Hill (album)

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Fanny Hill
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1972
RecordedDecember 4–18, 1971
VenueAbbey Road Studios, London
GenreRock
LabelReprise
ProducerRichard Perry
Fanny chronology
Charity Ball
(1971)
Fanny Hill
(1972)
Mother's Pride
(1973)

Fanny Hill is the third album by the US rock group Fanny. It was recorded at Abbey Road 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.

Background[edit]

By late 1971, Fanny had achieved some critical and commercial success, with the title track to the album Charity Ball reaching the Billboard top 40.[1]

Fanny Hill was recorded at Abbey Road 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,[2] particularly the Stones-influenced "Borrowed Time".[1]

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.[1]

Release[edit]

The album was originally released in February 1972 by Reprise Records.[3] It reached No. 135 on the Billboard 200 chart.[4] In 2015, an expanded version was released on CD by Real Gone Records, including out-takes and backing tracks.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

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".[6] 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.[7]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Ain't That Peculiar"Smokey Robinson, Warren "Pete" Moore, Robert Rogers, Marvin Tarplin4:05
2."Knock on My Door"Nickey Barclay3:20
3."Blind Alley"Barclay, Alice de Buhr4:15
4."You've Got A Home"June Millington3:50
5."Wonderful Feeling"Jean Millington3:19
6."Borrowed Time"Barclay3:25
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
7."Hey Bulldog"John Lennon, Paul McCartney3:56
8."Think About the Children"June Millington4:02
9."Rock Bottom Blues"Millington, Millington, Barclay, de Buhr3:07
10."Sound and the Fury"June Millington3:05
11."The First Time"Barclay4:49

Personnel[edit]

Taken from the sleeve notes:[8]

Fanny
  • June Millington - guitar, clavinet, vocals
  • Jean Millington - bass guitar, vocals
  • Nickey Barclay - keyboards, vocals
  • Alice de Buhr - drums, vocals
Other musicians
Other personnel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fanny - Fanny Hill". Rebeat Magazine. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "Fanny Hill - Fanny - Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  3. ^ "How Warners Plans on Beating The Odds Again : February 72 releases". Billboard. March 4, 1972. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  4. ^ "Fanny Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  5. ^ "Fanny Hill [Expanded Edition]". AllMusic. Retrieved February 27, 2019.
  6. ^ Edwards, Gavin (June 11, 2015). "20 Rock Albums Rolling Stone Loved in the 1970s That You Never Heard". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  7. ^ "Fanny". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved February 28, 2019.
  8. ^ Fanny Hill (Media notes). Reprise Records. 1972. K 44174.

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