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Key - 1978 Fit Me In
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on January 01 2007, In 1978 Articles , 2 Comments , 3933 Reads , Print

ALBUM: Fit Me In
LABEL: Emily Records
SERIAL: 45137
YEAR: 1978
CD REISSUE: 2007, Rev-Ola, CD REV 211


LINEUP: Volker Langefeld - vocals, all instruments * Allen Warren - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Farmer And The Fisherman * 02 And The Rain * 03 Pamela * 04 Lazy Bird * 05 Pretty Little Star * 06 Old Fashioned Boogie * 07 Half As Much * 08 I'd Really Go For A Lady * 09 That Game * 10 Dragonamonia * 11 Fit Me In * 12 Sometimes * 13 Western People

There are a handful of albums I simply cannot live without. The Beatles 'Abbey Road' and 'Revolver', Paul McCartney's first solo, the early 10cc albums, Klaatu's debut and Key's 'Fit Me In' to name just a few pop classics that are absolutely essential, timeless and will never leave my collection. Wait a minute! 'Key?!' I hear you ask? Indeed, Key's only album is a beautifully crafted work of Beatles influenced pop psychedelia that has to heard to be believed. Formed by British musician Alan Warren and German Volker Langefeld, both were talents for hire at legendary producers Conny Plank and Dieter Dierks studios while recording demos for their own project. Signing to a Hamburg publishing company, the band winged their way to England under the tutelage of Cliff Richard producer Barry Guard and Engineer Jerry Boys (Lake, Focus). Additional tracks were recorded in Germany, while the publishing company and EMI began lengthy negotiations, finally signing Key with EMI's new sub label, Emily Records. The album did exceptionally well in West Germany, selling 10,000 copies the first week after its release, while the band found themselves on a major promotional tour at radio stations around the country and a popular television show. Yet, the popular press hated the band (not surprising) calling Key cheap Beatles and Paul McCartney imitators. There could be far worse comparisons I say!

The Songs
'The Farmer and the Fisherman' opens the album and was released as a single. It's a delightful yarn about two old men reminiscing about days gone by and bearing a striking similarity to Klaatu with an infectious hook. 'And The Rain' is a beautiful ballad with haunting piano work and background vocals very close to Yes. Well done! 'Pamela', also released as a single is not surprisingly Beatles influenced with a delightful chorus while 'Lazy Bird' sounds like something off McCartney's debut or the recent work of Macca wannabe David Grahame. Side two's 'I'd Really Go for a Lady' is fun tune in the 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da' style and 'That Game' is another gem in the Klaatu style which I can never get enough of! 'Dragonmania' is an up tempo rocker in the late 50's style and the title track shows a bit of 10cc influence. 'Western People' closes the album with another 'Fab Four' influenced track and a vague similarity to 'I Am the Walrus'. Trippy stuff and a fine ending to a perfect album, Beatles influenced to the max and loving every minute of it!

In Summary
Following the release of 'Fit Me In', Key recorded and released a single 'Ba-Uwa-Mare-Re' paired with 'Until The Day' and both songs were in keeping with the quality of the album, very Beatlesque and its worth seeking out. In the meantime Warren and Langefeld were searching for other band members to fill out Key's sound. Song writer Michael Lowey joined the group and Key recorded two more songs 'Should You Ever Meet Again' and 'Cause You're A Lady'.

Again both are superb tracks that to this day have never been officially released due to the band having been unceremoniously dropped from the label. It was 1978 after all and I suspect the punk rock train wreck had something to do with it, but who knows? Rumours at the time were Paul McCartney was interested in the band, but it simply wasn't enough for the label and a second album. What a shame. Both 'Fit Me In' and the 'Ba-Uwa-Mare-Re' single are not that easy to find and tend to go for big money, up to $100 for the LP and $40 to $50 for the single. Worth every penny in my opinion for an album that is long over due for a CD reissue and should be in every serious pop fans collection.

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#1 | trillion1999 on October 10 2011 08:22:33
Thank you Thank you Thank you.Would never had known about this if it was not for this review.If only certain recordshops I used to drive nuts all the time would have bothered reading it as well.rolleyes
#2 | Rod on July 13 2017 05:40:29
Today I got my vinyl record "Fit me in" from ebay! Almost 40 years old - you can smell it. But I am happy! In 1978 I got the single "Pamela" from my brother and after the album was released again in 2007, I downloaded the songs from iTunes some time ago. Next year we celebrate "40 Years Key"! Thanks for the article!
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