Pass It Around (Smokie album)

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Pass It Around
Smokie - Pass It Around (1975) front cover.jpg
Studio album by Smokey
Released 14 February 1975[1]
Recorded Audio International Studios in London
Genre Glam rock, hard rock, pop rock
Length 44:17
Label RAK
Producer Mike Chapman, Nicky Chinn
Smokey chronology
Pass It Around
(1975)
Changing All the Time
(1975)Changing All the Time1975
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]

Pass It Around is the debut studio album by British rock band Smokey (later renamed Smokie), released in 1975.

The album features eleven original group songs and two Nicky Chinn / Mike Chapman compositions. The Chinn / Chapman written title track was chosen to be Smokie's debut single. "Pass It Around" / "Couldn't Live" was released on 21 March 1975 but failed to succeed in the BBC Radio 1 playlist. The problem was playlist controllers who thought that ambiguous lyrics might be expounded to be a reference to smoking marijuana. As a result, the single flopped to reach the UK Top 50.[1]

In order to promote Pass It Around, Smokie extensively tour Britain starting on 24 April 1975 as support act to Pilot, who scored a UK #1 hit with "January".[1] Despite all the promotion activity, neither album nor single managed to chart in the UK.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pass It Around" Nicky Chinn, Mike Chapman 3:07
2. "Daydreamin'" Chris Norman, Pete Spencer, Terry Uttley 2:17
3. "Oh Well, Oh Well" Norman, Spencer 3:17
4. "My Woman" Norman, Spencer 3:22
5. "It Makes Me Money" Norman, Spencer 2:57
6. "Headspin" Norman, Spencer 3:32
7. "Goin' Tomorrow" Norman, Alan Silson, Uttley, Spencer 3:43
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
8. "I Do Declare" Chinn, Chapman 3:46
9. "Don't Turn Out Your Light" Norman, Spencer 4:01
10. "Will You Love Me" Norman, Silson, Uttley, Spencer 3:44
11. "A Day at the Mother-in-Law's" Silson 2:51
12. "The Coldest Night" Silson 4:15
13. "Shy Guy" Silson 3:25
Total length: 44:17
2007 7T's Records remastered edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Couldn't Live" Uttley 2:25
Total length: 46:42

Credits[edit]

Smokie[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Produced by Mike Chapman in association with Nicky Chinn for Chinnichap
  • Engineer – Pete Coleman
  • Recorded at Audio International Studios in London
  • Tape operators – Pete Silver and Phil Colman
  • Mastered by Chris Blair at EMI, Abbey Road
  • Cover photography – Gered Mankowitz

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hendriks, Phil (July 2007). Pass It Around (CD booklet). Smokie. London: 7T's Records. 
  2. ^ Guarisco, Donald A. "Pass It Around review". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ "Smokie chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company. 

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